Now that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is in theaters, fans finally can learn the Rogue plotline that was cut. Bryan Singer initially cut Anna Paquin’s scene from the film, but put a cameo of her character back into the movie at a later date.
Spoilers lie ahead: Paquin’s only appearance in the final cut of “Days of Future Past” happens at the end, when Wolverine returns to the future to find that it has been returned to normal (and essentially retcons “X-Men: The Last Stand”). He sees Rogue and Iceman as a couple once again in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, and all is right in the world.
But that’s not the only appearance screenwriter Simon Kinberg originally had planned for Paquin’s character. Instead, he explains to Empire
that the “True Blood”
star would have been a part of a 10-minute sequence set in the future. In it, Iceman, Magneto and Xavier would need to save Rogue from a “dark, scary place” so she could take Kitty Pryde’s powers after Wolverine injured her and continue keeping him in the past.
points out, shots from that sequence actually made it into earlier trailers for the film. But Kinberg and writer/former director Matthew Vaughn didn’t like the way the storyline affected the greater tale they were telling in “Days of Future Past.”
“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,” Kinberg explains.
“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.”
With that idea off the table, a different one came forth. “Then I thought that if her power was winding down, they needed something stronger or someone who could take over her power,” Kinberg says. “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. They’d have to get Rogue out of some dark scary place, and that’s what happens. It’s a really nice sequence, and it’ll end up on Blu-ray some way down the line.”
He realized eventually that “it does not service the main story,” 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,” Kinberg says. “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.”
Hopefully there will be an “X-Men: Days of Rogues Past” deleted scene on the movie’s Blu-ray so fans can see this scene with their own two eyes.