X-Men: Apocalypse finally made its way into U.S. theaters this weekend and though it didn't quite live up to the expectations placed on it by its predecessor Days of Future Past critically or financially, it is doing fairly well overall. However, much like in Days of Future Past, a universally loved element of the latest X-Men film is Even Peters' as Quicksilver. Thanks to 20th Century Fox, we now have a pretty cool look at how the character's big action sequence for Apocalypse was created.
To coincide with the film's North American release, the marketing team published a video on YouTube that gives a great, although brief, look at everything that went into creating this big action set piece. In the sequence, the X-Mansion is clearly being destroyed, and Quicksilver is doing his best to help everyone get out safely. As Peters puts it, "The mansion is imploding, so I am trying to get everybody out."
There was some controversy of the character of Quicksilver on screen, as it was reported shortly after Peters was originally cast in Days of Future Past that Joss Whedon was also planning on using a version of the character in in Avengers: Age of Ultron.The part in Whedon's film ultimately went somewhat ironically to Peters' Kick-Ass co-star Aaron Taylor Johnson. Though, the general consensus seems to be that Bryan Singer had a slightly better handle on the character and the action sequence from Days of Future Past seems to speak for itself.
The sequence for Apocalypse was reportedly one of the most complex and intricate parts of the entire shoot, taking a reported 30 days to shoot everything needed for the scene, not including the months of visual effects work needed to make the final product. Being that the last Quicksilver scene was one of the best parts of Days of Future Past though, it makes sense the producers and Singer would want to get it right this time around as well. Peters has been shy about taking credit for the final product though. In an interview with Collider, the actor gave most of the credit to Singer and the visual effects team.
"They did such a f*cking 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."
X-Men: Apocalypse has been killing it at the international box office so far, having bought in nearly $200 million already. The film will win the weekend stateside as well, bringing in an estimated $65 million through Sunday, which was on the lower side of the estimates, but it was plenty to trounce Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass. X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters now and be sure to watch the Quicksilver featurette below.