X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Simon Kinberg On The Ending Scene And A 'Final Goodbye' For The Original Cast

X-Men Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg, in an in depth interview with THR, reveals the original plans for the films ending, working with a large cast and Wolverines more supporting role. Plus, the writer discusses the much loved Quicksilver scene, time travel and says of a Fantastic Four crossover; 'Anything is possible.'

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By Serenity - 5/26/2014

THR caught up with Simon Kinberg for an in depth interview about the latest X-Men film, Days of Future Past. Kinberg talks in great length about the films ending and discusses some of the films key scenes

With Charles and Erics relationship being at the forefront of First Class as well as being heavily explored in the original trilogy, Kinberg stated that he 'wanted to have a feeling of resolution at the end for the old Charles and Eric.' Refrencing the duos offscreen friendship, Kinberg said 'there is some real affection that you feel in their scenes together' adding that the line where Magneto reveals the regret he feels between himself and Charles 'wrote itself.'

The ending of Days of Future Past has been heavily praised by fans for correcting the mistakes of the franchise but Kinberg revealed that wasnt the original plan: 'The notion was always that at the end of the movie we return to the mansion and the school and the X-men we met in X 1.' However, not every character is present at the end of the film leaving an 'opportunity for mystery about what happened to some of them.'

Kinberg further discussed the ending, describing it as a 'final goodbye for the original actors' before saying 'there's some part of our brains that hopes we will see them again, but we wanted to tell a story that felt like a conclusion to their stories.'

When asked about balancing the large ensemble cast, Kinberg said that was achieved by making 'sure the main five or six characters had beginnings, middles and ends - challenges, crises, breakthroughs.

Unlike previous X-Men films, Wolverine wasn't the lead protagonist as Kinberg believes 'in an ensemble film, you have to choose a main character' which ultimately became Charles as the character was left 'in such an intersting place at the end of First Class, having lost his legs and one of his best friends and essentially his sister.'

Another noticable change for the franchise was the role reversal between Logan and Charles which Kinberg thought was 'ironic and interesting' as it 'has it's own humour to it.' Adding, 'Logan's character has almost like an inside joke for the duration of the time he's in 1973. he's looking at this guy knowing what he becomes but not knowing how to get him there.'

Kinberg revealed his favourite scene in the movie is between young and old Charles but described the process of writing that particular scene as 'very emotional.' On set however; 'the actual making of it was probably the most charged and emotional day because there was this handoff.'

Kinberg also explained a time travel rule created in the film that meant that 'every time something happened in 1973 and you cut back to the future, you didnt have to track the butterfly effect of every nuance that was changed from the ripple in the past.' With Wolverine spending most of the movie in the past, until he returned back 'whatever he does doesn't have an impact on the future.'

Quicksilver's role in the film which was heavily criticsed at first amazed many fans and has became a stand out moment for many. Kinberg again says the original draft featured a young Juggernaut aiding in the prison break but director bryan Singer changed it to Quicksilver. The director found 'high speed photography on the internet' which helped make the scene visually memorable.

When asked how Marvel Studios will handle the character in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', Kinberg replied positively saying 'I'm sure they'll do a good job with it.' He then compared the two versions to the many X-men actors who have played Macbeth: 'Macbeth is an interesting one because all four of our main actors -- McAvoy, [Michael] Fassbender, Ian, Patrick -- have done famous productions of Macbeth. If the world can handle that, it can definitely handle two Quicksilvers'.  

With Fox owning the character rights to Marvels first family, The Fantastic Four, many fans believed a crossover was on the table at some point to which Kinberg responded 'anything is possible'. However, the X-Men franchise have never acknowledged another group of heroes which could be problematic as  The Fantastic Four live in a world where they are fantastic because they are the only people who have super powers' and 'if they were to live in a world full of mutants, they would kind of just be four more mutants'.  

Source: THR
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Pasto - 5/26/2014, 9:09 AM
I still think that Age of Apocalypse should take place in 2023.
MrBlackjack - 5/26/2014, 9:12 AM
It's one hell of a send off to the original cast then.
Jollem - 5/26/2014, 9:14 AM
ugh. that "overcrowded" thing again. lame echo chamber rhetoric
Batmaniac - 5/26/2014, 9:19 AM
"As much as there is a happy return at the end of Days of Future Past, not every character is accounted for. There is still opportunity for mystery about what happened to some of them."

That's for you guys complaining about lack of stakes in Apocalypse. It's almost as if Kingberg read you're lame comments, and directly responded, LMAO!
Missy - 5/26/2014, 9:19 AM
There's been people talking about classic costumes. Did any classic costume appeared in the movie?
TheAmbassador - 5/26/2014, 9:20 AM
I was wondering how Apocalypse was supposed to work with the rumor of the original cast being brought back. If that was their last time on screen, it worked perfectly. Questions were left though, like what happens to Magneto and Mystique?

Only thing I care about for Apocalypse is more Fassbender. The best thing about this franchise right now. Bring this back as well
AlexanderLykins - 5/26/2014, 9:21 AM
That makes me happy!
TheRationalNerd - 5/26/2014, 9:21 AM
I love hearing writers talk about these films just as much as the directors. I feel that all of this time the press has been interviewing Kinberg has actually helped himself a more clear vision of what fans expect/want to see in these films. It's one thing to hear the director talk about the story but it's another to hear the writer talk about the depth of the characters and etc. huge respects to Kinberg, the guy is drastically busy!
SuperCat - 5/26/2014, 9:23 AM
So does this mean no more Wolverine in future X-Men films?
SageMode - 5/26/2014, 9:24 AM
"In an ensemble film, you do have to choose a main character."

No, you do NOT.
WinterSoldier33 - 5/26/2014, 9:24 AM
think goodness, it should focus on the first class characters
DarthCMPunk - 5/26/2014, 9:25 AM
I hope X Force is set in the future cuz I think that would be so much more fun
Pasto - 5/26/2014, 9:25 AM
The funny thing is, Kingberg said yesterday how the X-Men films are Wolverine centric.
TheRationalNerd - 5/26/2014, 9:25 AM
I'm starting to think that although Apocalypse won't focus solidly on the original cast and that there won't be time travel there may be glimpses into a future (modern timeline) in which we'll possibly see characters like Archangel in control of Apocalypse. It would be pretty cool to see that as an opening scene or cliffhanger.
Batmaniac - 5/26/2014, 9:26 AM
"I knew the character I wanted to follow primarily was young Xavier."

The funny part about this, just now on another thread, a few individuals were foolishly trying to suggest the movie was a Wolverine centric, haha!
AlexanderLykins - 5/26/2014, 9:26 AM
While Charles was the focus, they balanced everyone else really well.
Batmaniac - 5/26/2014, 9:27 AM
Kingberg said the original trilogy was Wolverine centric, which it was. I think you need to go back and read that article again, Pasto.
SageMode - 5/26/2014, 9:33 AM
An ensemble film is supposed to treat all the main characters with near-equal importance to the overall plot of the story. Every X-Men movie to date had put Wolverine, Prof X and Mags as the main characters while everyone else was second, third, and fourth fiddle.
Starfox - 5/26/2014, 9:36 AM
It sounds as though we will not see Wolverine return for Apocalypse like that of the other members of the original cast like Kinberg said. I love their plans for the new cast though. Magneto(Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier(James McAvoy), Mystique(Jennifer Lawrence, Quicksilver(Evan Peters, Gambit(Channing Tatum), A younger Storm, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler. If they could incorporated Wolverine somewhere into the mix I would be happy but I'm more than Cool with this Cast. ;)
SniktBub - 5/26/2014, 9:38 AM
I still can't get over how good the last scene was. Great ending to a great movie
whoa123 - 5/26/2014, 9:45 AM
I hope they'd show more scenes with the original cast in Apocalypse especially Cyclops.
XF14 - 5/26/2014, 9:52 AM
"The trickiest thing about time travel is not just avoiding the paradoxes, but avoiding the audience asking about the paradoxes."

Well, you failed then.
JimGordonStache - 5/26/2014, 10:04 AM
If the other films in the FCU have the same or better quality as this film, I'm in ;) The only thing that worries me about X-Force is the guy directing it...
ProfV531 - 5/26/2014, 10:13 AM
"As much as there is a happy return at the end of Days of Future Past, not every character is accounted for. There is still opportunity for mystery about what happened to some of them."

Who besides magneto and mystique is unaccounted for at the end when wolverine is back in the future?
Snooper - 5/26/2014, 10:19 AM
@Dudeguy It is Levi.
Snooper - 5/26/2014, 10:20 AM
Daniel Ocean = Oceans Eleven
Iron Man = Avengers
remembertheking - 5/26/2014, 10:25 AM
wait so if the older cast return, we have already seen they are all okay in 2023. So if the young cast battles apocalypse, then what's the point because we already know everyone lives and they all are okay till 2023.
TheRationalNerd - 5/26/2014, 10:34 AM
I'd be down for bringing back Wolverine as a Horseman of Apocalypse.
CherryBomb - 5/26/2014, 10:46 AM
I really want the original cast back.
They just feel "right" :(

I want more Ellen as Kitty! And Famke and James!
I feel they're more suited to handling a threat as huge as Apocalypse.
TelaVizion - 5/26/2014, 11:05 AM
And that my friends is why X3 was a great movie, and the best of the original trilogy.

heisei24 - 5/26/2014, 11:30 AM
captainireland - 5/26/2014, 11:38 AM
I hope we see the original cast again. Now that they're all restored, I'm more itchy for a sequel with them than with the First Class cast. I'd love a 2023 movie with the team consisting of Cyclops, Storm, Jean, Wolverine, Beast, Iceman, Kitty, Rogue, Colossus, Jubilee (with Kea Wong coming back in an expanded role), an older Gambit, Blink and Xavier. As long as Cyclops - of whatever age - and Gambit get substantial roles in Apocalypse though, I'll be happy.

GenerationX - 5/26/2014, 11:46 AM
I hate the first class cast...except for Jennifer Lawrence
Jollem - 5/26/2014, 11:57 AM
this is awesome

but needs nightcrawler. and cyclops :(
thewonderer - 5/26/2014, 12:06 PM

I task you to name an ensemble movie that doesn't feature a clear main character.

And if you say The Avengers, I will laugh my freaking ass off.
thewonderer - 5/26/2014, 12:10 PM
Generation X, you hate James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender!?

You are the weakest link, goodbye

marvel72 - 5/26/2014, 12:21 PM
don't ruin the roll you are on by introducing the fantastic four,of course i would love to see them team up or battle but not with the reboot cast.
GeekyCheekyChic - 5/26/2014, 12:21 PM
Did Generation X really type that?
McAvoy and Fassbender alone are worth my money...they are the two that save First Class from being unwatchable.

Fassbender's Magneto IS THE BEST VILLAIN PERFORMANCE EVER- Why? "Oh Baroness how dare you spit on Ledger's Joker.." I'm not...but Fassbender has now brought his "A" game twice, has completely owned 2 movies and has become the measuring stick for portraying a multi layered villain(grey area anti hero).
Ledger knocked it out of the park but unfortunately god rest his soul we'll never know if he could've followed it up in a sequel.
GeekyCheekyChic - 5/26/2014, 12:24 PM

followed by Dark Phoenix
followed by House of M

Screw the Fantastic Four. That's a group that belongs in the MCU Universe.
It really does make zero sense that the world would fear mutants and embrace the Fantastic Four. That's what been established cinematically so unless the FF are also feared by the world(which they aren't they are celebrities) I have zero interest in watching the X-Men beat the hell out of Josh Trank's four kids.
wookiefit76 - 5/26/2014, 12:39 PM
Since I didn't see it nor do I intend to: Is the Quicksilver scene really that great, or is it a marketing point the studio is doing to counter the backlash from when they announcing QS after he was mentioned for Avengers 2?

No I'm not trolling, I'm more curious about social media and marketing talking points. I ahven't heard anyone mention QS scene as this great piece except when I read a studio comment.

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