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.
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.”