After viewing the opening sequence of Days of Future Past at Anaheim’s WonderCon, writer-producer Simon Kinberg stated that this latest installment was being developed to 'right the wrongs' of a previous movie.
“It’s our attempt to right the wrongs of the past,” Kinberg said at the panel, where he replaced director Bryan Singer. “We probably should have done better with Dark Phoenix, so this is our attempt to do better with 'Days of Future Past’.”
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda...but it's not time to cry over spilt milk or a bad movie. No, Kinberg, who took Singers place in the final part of the first X-Men trilogy was apparently owning up to the botch that was Dark Phoenix, the Juggernaut and, well, a whole host of muties that just plain fell flat in LAST STAND.
He also stated that the Days brain trust had gotten 'time travel advice' from James Cameron which they definitely needed to piece the original trilogy together with the First Class retro piece.
"It was just really about making sure that we took the time paradoxes seriously. Really, that was the primary thing. We did at ton of research on time travel paradoxes, and there’s some movies that ignore them and there’s some movies where you never cut back to the future. So a movie like Back to the Future, you don’t really know what the impact on the future is until you really go back there. It’s a lot easier to tell that story than a story where you’re intercutting between the two periods, which is what we do in the movie. We have cuts to the future in the movie and there’s no impact on the people in the future. He talked with Bryan, he just was really focused on wanting to honor the paradoxes."
Kinberg also explained why they broke Marvel Comic Canon with sending Wolverine back and not Kitty Pride basically, saying that she wasn't in FIRST CLASS so it was hard to make the case for her being the one to bridge the gap.
“[Logan] is the only character in the film who exists in the same two time periods,” Kinberg began. “[Hugh Jackman] gets to play two different versions of the character, which is great.”
On the subject of the Rogue scene that was cut Kinberg stated:
"We shot with Anna [Paquin] a big subplot in the movie and we watched it in the movie and then we cut it out of the movie because, she’s great in it and it was well shot, it just didn't fit the film. It was a subplot that I created sort of as an appendage to the movie because I wanted to do something else that didn't serve the main plot of the film.
I just wanted to see Ian [McKellan] and Patrick [Stewart] on a mission together. So I took them away from the main plot of the movie so that they could go off and do something, and she was the MacGuffin of that mission. It was a perfectly fine 10 minutes of the film that didn’t fit the film. So we pulled her out of the movie and pulled that plot out of the film. I can’t speak to any other rumors about any other way she could appear in the film, but I can tell you that the main plot that we shot with her, we pulled out of the movie."
On the subject of his handling of LAST STAND and, specifically, DARK PHOENIX:
"I have plenty of residual guilt from The Last Stand and this movie in many ways was like my chance to tell a better X-Men story. Though I’m very proud of what we did with X-Men: First Class but the two biggest stories for me growing up were Dark Phoenix and Days of Future Past. Those were the ones that I loved, so what I wanted to do with Dark Phoenix is different [than] what the movie ended up being. That’s a whole other interview and conversation, but on this one we had a lot more creative freedom and more encouragement to be loyal to the original books."
Kinberg was also asked about the tone of the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot:
"It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies. If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than [Raimi's] Spider-Man... In many ways I would say it’s definitely more of a drama than comedy...It’s not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it. We’re treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you’d have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds."
Kinberg also stated the obvious; that the Sentinels were the bad guy, but went on to say something very interesting. He said fans can expect "an even bigger threat to come from their creator, Bolivar Trask – played by “Game of Thrones’” actor Peter Dinklage."
EVEN BIGGER than the Sentinels? What in the world could he be alluding to?