Behind-The-Scenes Look at Quicksilver's Show-Stealing Scene in X-Men: Apocalypse

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Warning: This article contains spoilers on X-Men: Apocalypse. You have been warned.

Quicksilver's show-stopping scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past became such an instant hit among fans and critics, and certainly highlight of the film, that creators of the latest installment in the franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, promised another scene from the lightning-fast mutant that will steal the show.


We already know how long it took to shoot the epic scene, as revealed recently by Evan Peters, who plays Quicksilver. A bit of it was even revealed in this TV spot.

Now, we're getting a closer look at that scene behind the camera via Entertainment Weekly. In the piece, we learn how Peters took pains more than any of the other actors in Apocalypse and how director Bryan Singer was able to capture remarkable imagery of the mutant's powers.

In X-Men: Apocalypse, Peters' show-stopping two-minute sequence is set to Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams, where he saves Xavier school's students and teachers while the building is exploding.

Take a look at some photos of the scene below:

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox (via Entertainment Weekly)

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox (via Entertainment Weekly)

Asked how they shot the exquisite details in the scene, Singer explained how they made everything seem slow, akin to his kitchen scene in Days of Future Past:


We were shooting with the 3-D Phantom camera rigs in blast-shield cases, traveling at 80 miles per hour through sets that were exploding, shooting at 3,000 frames per second.

A flaming book, for instance, could fly past the camera slow enough for you to read a paragraph of the text. It's really remarkable footage.

Meanwhile, destroying the school had to be done through CGI as well as controlled explosions on the production's soundstages in Montreal.

And because there are several technical difficulties in the scene, Peters required more physical effort as compared to the other stars in the movie. As he said previously, it took almost a month to shoot just that two minutes of the movie, and it seems his hard work paid off. He told EW:

Some of it [we shot] on a green treadmill. Some of it is me running around and people frozen in mannequin poses. then we'd bring in Colin Follenweider, the Quicksilver stunt double, to do some of the flips and running on walls, the things I'm just unable to do physically. Colin is from Cirque du Soleil. He's an incredible acrobat.
He's like a huge deal. He's amazing. So it's really cool. They bring him in for the intense stuff. Then they bring me in there and I just try not to mess it up. It's a huge collaborative effort. And it's a helluva lotta fun.

Just like Peters, his character, Quicksilver, is also reflective of what he thinks of the scene. As Singer said, "To Quicksilver, it's all a game. It's like time stands still for him. So for him time and movement are not obstacles which is why he can fix someone's hair or have a Tab."


The film is arguably fun and entertaining, despite its more grim twists.

You can read our review of X-Men: Apocalypse here.

The movie is now in theaters.

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