Note: Mild spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse follow.
While reaction to X-Men: Apocalypse has been somewhat mixed, there’s at least one thing everyone can agree on: the Quicksilver sequence is, once again, terrific. Evan Peters’ character was something of a joke leading up to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but afterwards folks were singing a very different tune. Not only is Peters’ portrayal wildly entertaining, but the Quicksilver sequences themselves have proven to be some astounding pieces of filmmaking. The first one was a herculean effort unto itself, but Singer and Co. knew that for Apocalypse they had to top themselves. And top themselves they did, with Quicksilver in a mad dash to save the inhabitants of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the midst of a mansion-destroying explosion.
20th Century Fox has released a new featurette (seen below) that goes behind-the-scenes of the making of the sequence, and as you’ll see, it was no easy task. Indeed, when I spoke with Peters on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, we learned that the entire sequence took about 30 days to shoot, as the actor was going back and forth between main unit filming and second unit filming the entire time. But Peters was quick to give credit for the sequences to everyone but himself:
“They did such a fucking awesome job. The special effects team is amazing. Bryan Schmears over at Second Unit, everybody just made that whole sequence awesome, I thought. I was just a minion. They just told me what to do so I didn’t really have much to do with it but I was curious to see how they were going to top it and if they could and I think they have. I’m very excited to see it myself. I’m excited for everybody to see it because we’ve been working hard on it.”
Is it too early to get a Quicksilver spinoff? Seriously, Peters is great in X-Men: Apocalypse, and he’s proven twice now he can steal those movies. How about it, Fox?