When the cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past was getting announced and more and more original castmembers were confirmed to be returning, some fans wondered how director Bryan Singer was going to fit so many characters into one film. As many surmised, the primary focus of Days of Future Past is on the First Class characters in the 1970s, with a frame story set up in the Sentinel-overrun future. As Singer and editor John Ottman were working to refine the movie, it was inevitable that some material was going to be cut, and screenwriter Simon Kinberg previously confirmed that a sequence involving the future-set rescue of Anna Paquin’s Rogue was cut.
Now that the film has hit theaters and we’ve had a chance to see what made the finished film, we can see that this deleted Rogue sequence was actually teased in the very first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The full scene will likely be on the Blu-ray, but for now we’ve screengrabbed the image and included the video after the jump, along with Kinberg’s description of the scene in question and why it was cut.
Kinberg previously told us that Rogue was involved in a 10-minute subplot towards the beginning of the movie:
“The biggest chunk we took out of the film from first cut to final cut was the Rogue plot. And that was the sub-plot that has now been well-publicized, but that I created, not actually to bring Rogue into the movie, though that was a wonderful consequence, but more that I wanted to have—and this was in the early script phase—I wanted a mission for old Charles and old Erik, for Magneto and Xavier to go off on a mission together.”
As for why the sequence was removed, Kinberg said it detracted from the central pull of the film:
“Just to see what that would look like. I mean, truly, seriously, it was like, ‘What would it be like to have Patrick and Ian on a road trip together?’ And that was kind of, you know, it got condensed as I wrote it and then when we shot it, but it was just a sub-plot. It was a perfectly good sub-plot and people will see it one day, and Anna was great in it and it was well-directed; it just didn’t serve the overall story. And it didn’t, it never did, it was created outside the core story. As a result, when you watched the movie, you were like, ‘Why are we on this detour, on a movie that already has two time periods, two types of Sentinels, 10-12 main characters, just as a lark?’ And so it ended up getting cut.”
The scene was very briefly glimpsed in the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which you can watch below, but it never popped up again in subsequent trailers. The Rogue sequence comes in at the 1:38 mark.