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‘X-Men’ Writer Simon Kinberg Regrets ‘The Last Stand’, But Wants More Hipster Quicksilver

By / 05.22.14

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X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out tomorrow, and it’s poised to make a whole lot of money. I guess Fox likes it when their movies rake in the cash, because their publicists are working hard to keep the X-Men in the news. We’ve seen three different batches of character featurettes (here, here, and here), and a lot of talk about the franchise’s next installments. And that’s not even counting the bad ideas, which we won’t go into here.

Simon Kinberg, co-writer of Days of Future Past, has been been making the rounds as part of the movie’s press tour. ScreenCrush was able to get him to talk about one of his other co-writing credits, X-Men: The Last Stand. Shockingly, it didn’t turn out as well as he had hoped. Some quotes from the interview:

I regret that The Dark Phoenix story wasn’t the primary story of the movie. [...] I wanted The Dark Phoenix story, but I regret where the movie ended up. And so, weirdly, this was sort of my opportunity, a little like the characters in Days of Future Past going back and improving their younger selves with the lessons they’ve learned as wiser men. It’s sort of a chance for me to go back and do differently what I did ten years ago on ‘X3.’

Kinberg went on to talk about how he and Bryan Singer, who doesn’t care much for the continuity of The Last Stand, set out to right some of those worngs wrongs:

It was absolutely a conscious thing that what we were doing was trying to set the continuity into a more coherent place. And that we would erase certain inconsistencies. And no matter what, we knew we were making a time travel movie that whatever happened in the past was going to ripple and have a butterfly effect on the future and obviously touch ‘X1,’ ‘X2,’ and ‘X3.’ As we were doing it, we were very careful and had a lot of long conversations — Bryan and I — about how much we want to redefine the world of ‘X1,’ ‘X2,’ and ‘X3.’

That makes sense. Who would want to erase the events of a bad movie more than the guy who wrote it? I kind of hope they don’t really address the problems of that movie in Days of Future Past, and instead put up a single sentence on the screen at the end of the film:

Due to the events depicted in this movie, all the counter intuitive, out-of-character aspects of X-Men: The Last Stand never took place. In other words, the entire thing.

Tired of talking about past films, Kinberg headed over to Total Film, to talk about Quicksilver, and whether or not we’ll be seeing Scarlet Witch in a future film:

Actually, there was a little scene that we shot that we ended up cutting out of the movie that alluded to her. But it was sort of an interstitial scene that didn’t push the movie forward, so it ended up being cut…But [Quicksilver] would absolutely be back for the next X-Men movie.

For those of you unaware, X-Men: Apocalypse is rumored to take place in the ’80s, so Quicksilver’s wardrobe is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Seriously, we’re talking neon t-shirts and the pinnacle of ’80s fashion: Jams. Jams were invented when someone realized that American males would fall in love with Bermuda shorts if they were 500% more obnoxious.

Go see X-Men: Days of Future Past, in theaters this weekend! Or maybe consider going to the beach. Would it kill you to get a little sun?

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