It Turns Out There Was an Original Rogue-ier Version of 'Days of Future Past' That Didn't Make the Cut
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It Turns Out There Was an Original Rogue-ier Version of 'Days of Future Past' That Didn't Make the Cut

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | May 30, 2014 | Comments ()


Ahoy. Be ye warned. Here be X-Men spoilers. Turn back now, ye faint of spoilery heart.

If you were watching X-Men: Days of Future Past, and you reached a point (you know the point!) where you thought to yourself, “Wow, it sure would be convenient for Kitty Pryde if Rogue were here to suck her powers and take over, so Kitty could go grab an ice pack and take a nap,” you weren’t alone. Apparently, there was a 10-minute sequence in which Charles and Erik the Elder had to “get Rogue out of some dark scary place” and bring her in to help Kitty help Logan. The screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, says,

The Rogue subplot was originally there because I wanted a mission for the older Charles and Eric to do, something like ‘Unforgiven’ — two last gunslingers, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman — that kind of a mission for them. I just loved the idea of that. Nothing in the story necessitated that, but just for a lark, I thought it would be a cool thing to see, because we may never see it again.

When I initially wrote that, Kitty’s power was running out, and there was this super silly serum that was down in a farmhouse … it was terrible. I don’t even think it went to script, but it went to outline, and Matthew Vaughn said it was terrible, and he was right.

Then I thought that if her power was winding down, they needed something stronger or someone who could take over her power. This came from a conversation with Matthew, which was about no one having the same power as her but then realizing there was someone who could take her power. I got chills. Rogue could be the McGuffin of that mission.

Eventually they realized that that storyline didn’t really fit either, though.

I thought it would increase the urgency and the stakes of the plot in the future, but it actually does the opposite, because it makes you feel like there is an answer out there. You think once Rogue gets here, we’ll have an unlimited amount of time. The ticking clock that we’d established with Kitty getting wounded and losing her powers … well, Rogue would show up and press stop on the clock. So for all of those narrative reasons, there was this ten-minute subplot that had to go.

So even if Kitty was demoted from lead hero (in the comic version) to “girl who sits calmly above Wolverine” and Mystique is little more than a tortured human pawn, at least the original version of the script had a bit more going for the female characters. Even if it was a puzzle piece that wouln’t fit. Still, Kinberg promises, “It’s a really nice sequence, and it’ll end up on Blu-ray some way down the line.”

Via Zap2It.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Rogue was my absolute favorite of the X-Men growing up, and I've felt pretty disappointed with how they've handled her throughout the films (ditto Storm.) I missed her sass, guts, and charm. Between that and the Gambit news I'd say southerners can't catch a break in the Marvel universe. This eliminated plotline sounds great for her as a character, but I can see why it didn't make the cut. Would have hurt the overall film.

  • Scorptilicus

    I feel like I should have had a crush on Rogue as a child.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    I wish rogue was more like the animated show version. Love that southern girl accent, had a big crush when I was little. I think they could have found a better Kitty Pryde than Ellen Page as well.

  • _Alexander_

    You actually like southern accents? They sound horrible. Now a good Scottish accent...I don't understand a word of it but it sounds so great

  • Jericho Smith

    Some southern accents are quite delightful.
    Some are garden tools on a chalkboard.

  • Georgia and South Carolina accents I find lovely, the Arkansas/Oklahoma/Missouri region not so much.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    Oh man I love a scottish accent!! Laura Fraser is the only Scottish woman I can think of right now but I totally agree with you on that. Southern accents are great when they are speaking in a sultry way though. I think the only accent I don't enjoy is Valley girl or Jersey girl. Im from Southern California too so I hear it more than I'd like.
    Edit: Kelly Macdonald also!!

  • stella

    Karen Gillan is Scottish...

  • _Alexander_

    Don't forget Shirley Manson!

  • _Alexander_

    I never really liked Kitty and personally I am baffled as to why they chose her as the lead. Rogue was the center of the first movie and she is well known. And it would make sense for her to have some random time travel power unlike Kitty who suddenly became not just someone who phases through matter but can time travel for literally no reason at all?

  • Aaron Schulz

    They tried to stay true to the comics version in some way by having Kitty do it. In the comic though Kitty just goes back in time.

  • _Alexander_

    Well that seems silly

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