Of all the many moving parts and disillusioned mutants crammed into Bryan Singer’s biblical blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse, ardent fans of the X-Men universe are awaiting the sequel’s Quicksilver scene with bated breath.
That pent-up demand in large part comes down to the excellent and intricate scene that Singer, Bryan Schmears and their special effects team crafted in 2014’s Days of Future Past, and recently Quicksilver himself, Evan Peters, weighed in on the pressure of one-upping what has come before.
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When quizzed about the Time in a Bottle sequence and its inevitable successor, the American Horror Story alum likened the one included in Apocalypse to a sequel, one which builds upon the spectacle that fans feasted their eyes on two years ago. Naturally, setting out to top the predecessor attracts a particular brand of expectations, which Peters is well aware of.
“I think that’s been the hardest thing. Can we top it? 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.”
Filmed across a period of 30 days, Peters then spotlighted the stunt actors and production design that goes into creating a sequence of this nature.
“Most of it is on stages and great stunt guys and just working it all out. It’s very meticulous and tedious work, which is … I kind of like that actually. You kind of do it and then you go back and check it out and see if it worked. You go back and do it again and do it a little differently. It’s kind of fun. I like it a lot. “It’s like a sequel. I don’t know any other way to put it.”
Evan Peters’ Quicksilver will rub shoulders with his fellow mutants when Bryan Singer’s biblical X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27.