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  • Ability over Appearance: In the comic books, Bolivar Trask is a taller fellow while Peter Dinklage, who portrays him, has dwarfism. He's an Emmy-winning actor whose performances are frequently met with critical acclaim, and since his appearance has very little bearing on the character, nobody has made anything of it.
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  • Ashcan Copy: While the treatment is mostly for predecessor First Class (done to keep X-Men within Fox's domains), the film can be considered the greatest Ash Can Copy of all time, if aggregate reviews are anything to go by.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Kelsey Grammer loved playing Beast so much that when Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan let him know the band was being put back together for Days, he immediately called Bryan Singer to get him in the movie, somewhere, and was flown in on Singer's private jet in secret for a last-second cameo.
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    • Anna Paquin only appears in a brief cameo with no lines, but is listed higher than Peter Dinklage and Ellen Page, whose characters have plenty of screentime and are essential to the plot. Paquin's scenes were restored on The Rogue Cut Blu-Ray/DVD release, but Rogue's part is still small.
    • Storm was only a minor character, yet Halle Berry's name is listed above Nicholas Hoult's, who had a large supporting role.
    • Omar Sy's name is shown before Evan Peters' and Josh Helman's during the end credits despite the fact that Bishop was merely a glorified extra who speaks a few words while Quicksilver and Major Stryker had a lot more dialogue.
  • California Doubling: The Paris scenes were filmed in Old Montreal, and parts of the Pentagon (like the area where we see visitors touring the building, and when Charles and Logan are walking alone in a basement corridor) are from the Arts Building at McGill University. The Moscow bunker is located beneath the rafters of The Big O (the informal name of Montreal's Olympic Stadium). Mystique jumped out of the window of the mayor's office at Montreal City Hall.
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  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Ayame Gouriki (who played Shiori Genpo in the Black Butler live-action film) voices Mystique.
  • Creator's Favorite: Bryan Singer has admitted at both the SDCC panel and the "X-Men Unguarded" group discussion on The Rogue Cut Blu-Ray/DVD that Professor X is his favourite X-Men character (he even got a Cerebro helmet tattoo with Patrick Stewart providing him moral support after this movie broke the $700 million mark). This is why the younger Xavier gets to be the central figure of Days of Future Past instead of the younger Magneto for the second time in a row as Matthew Vaughn had originally planned. (Erik is Vaughn's favourite.)
  • Creator Cameo: X-Men writers Chris Claremont and Len Wein appear as US congressmen. Bryan Singer plays the man with the video camera in Paris after Raven gets exposed. The cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel appears as one of the disguises Raven takes to escape the Paris summit.
  • Dawson Casting: Evan Peters, who was 26 years old during filming, portrays the teenaged Peter Maximoff.
  • Deleted Role: Anna Paquin's role as Rogue was all but cut out of the original theatrical (and the regular Blu-Ray/DVD) release, leaving her with a major listing in the closing credits and even her own poster, but a grand total of 3 seconds (that's being generous) of actual screen time and not a line of dialogue.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Before going under the mind transference Wolverine gives Storm a passionate kiss.
    • President Nixon orders Trask be arrested and realizes that machines aren't the answer to the mutant problem but mutants themselves.
    • The Free Mutants talk to Logan before the transference.
    • During the scene where the Sentinels attack the president, Logan snaps out of consciousness and attacks Hank.
    • Before going in his bunker Nixon grabs his tape recorder.
    • An alternate ending where it is not Mystique that recovers Wolverine but William Stryker.
  • Disowned Adaptation: John Byrne said that if he had been invited to cameo in the film, inspired by an arc of the comics he penciled, he would feel "a lot like the prom scene in Carrie" given "I've haaaaaaaaated what the movies have done with the X-Men".
  • Dueling Movies: With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider Man 2, both also being Marvel films made by different studios. Cap and Days wound up virtually even critically and commercially; both topped $700m worldwide (Cap made slightly more in the US, Days slightly more internationally) and Days finished with a 91% Rotten Tomatoes critic approval aggregate, with Cap at 89%.
    • With Avengers: Age of Ultron. Reportedly, when Marvel Studios announced that Quicksilver would be appearing in Ultron, Fox decided to beat them to the punch by adding Quicksilver to their lineup.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Hugh Jackman has declared this when he was warned about this film during the shoot of The Wolverine:
    "I must admit I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts. They told me the idea and, at the time, it was Matthew Vaughn [directing]. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle. However, I must admit my stomach and my mind were like, 'Oh no.'"
  • Executive Meddling: While no cases have been known, it was enough to spark Creative Differences for producer Lauren Shuler Donner to make her leave the franchise (she's still credited in all following movies due to her contract - to the point that Donner eventually tweeted "Save your condolences. I had zero, nothing to do with Dark Phoenix. Or Apocalypse, or New Mutants.").
  • Fake Nationality: In addition to the ones from the previous movies, Australian Josh Helman as the young William Stryker (American), Mexican Adan Canto as Sunspot (Brazillian), Canadian Mark Camacho as Richard Nixon (American, obviously) and Canadian Brendan Pedder as Apocalypse (Egyptian).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "The Incredible Hank" for Beast due to him Hulking Out every-time he gets agitated. There is also "Hulk McCoy."
    • In order to avoid using the terms like Younger/Older, Past/Future, and 1973/2023 to differentiate between the two Professor Xs and the two Magnetos in this movie, some fans refer to James McAvoy's Charles as "McXavier" and Michael Fassbender's Erik as "Fassneto."
    • 1973 Xavier is occasionally called "Hippie Jesus Charles."
  • Follow the Leader: The Crisis Crossover and Loads and Loads of Characters were conceived in response to the success of The Avengers (2012).
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Halle Berry's role as Storm had to be rewritten following an unexpected pregnancy. Though they were able to finish shooting while Berry could still fit her costume (though only by a week or so), all of Storm's flight and hand-to-hand combat scenes had to be cut from the script.
  • I Knew It!: On the "Fridge" tab for X-Men: First Class on This Very Wiki, one troper actually proposed the theory that Magneto was responsible for the assassination of John F. Kennedy about three years before that became a major plot point in this movie—although in the actual movie, Magneto is imprisoned for assassinating Kennedy, but insists that he actually tried to save him (it's left to the audience to decide whether he's telling the truth).
  • Lying Creator: Prior to the release of the movie, Bryan Singer, Famke Jannsen, and James Marsden all claimed that Jean Grey and Cyclops would not be appearing in the film in any way. They lied to hide the fact that Cyclops and Jean were shown Back from the Dead in the surprise Everyone Lives ending.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The Rogue Cut was released in North America on July 14, 2015, which is the 15th anniversary of the X-Men Film Series.
  • The Other Darrin: In The Last Stand, Bill Duke played a Senator Trask. Which was a possible Sequel Hook, but wound up in turning that into another guy with the surname Trask given Bolivar became Peter Dinklage, rendering standard other Darrin-ing impossible due to the substantial physical differences between the two actors.
    • In the Japanese dub of The Rogue Edition, older Magneto is voiced by Katsumi Cho, rather than Iemasa Kayumi like in the theatrical release, because the latter passed away at the time when that edition was released in Japan. The same goes with Mystique, as in the theatrical release she was voiced by the movie actress Ayame Gouriki, but she's replaced with Hiroko Ushida in the dub, possibly due to licensing.
  • Playing Against Type: James McAvoy's portrayal of a mentally ill Xavier in Days Of Future Past is the complete opposite of the Wide-Eyed Idealist we saw in X-Men: First Class (which is the actor's most notable example of Typecasting).
  • Playing Gertrude: Due to a healthy bit of Dawson Casting for Quicksilver. Evan Peters is only ten years younger than Michael Fassbender, even though them being father and son is only hinted at. But Fassbender is also playing Erik eleven years older than he was in the previous film.
  • Promoted Fanboy: James McAvoy gets to play a scene with Sir Patrick Stewart, whom he is a fan of, and isn't shy about expressing how much that delights him in interviews. The standard Blu-Ray release includes a featurette called "Double Take: Xavier & Magneto" where McAvoy can't stop fanboy-ing over Stewart.
  • Reality Subtext: A major theme is the concept of a second chance in the face of the mutant race's impending extinction. This could be seen as a nod to the fact that the movie is seen by some as a last-ditch effort to revitalize the X-Men Film Series, which had been in a box office tailspin since the release of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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  • Throw It In!: In a Deleted Scene, Logan learns about what the time travel process entails and at the end him and Storm share a kiss before he goes to do the procedure, implying they've had a relationship going on for some time and know whatever happens this will be their last time together. This was not in the script and happened because of a Hilarious Outtake where Jackman and Barry improvised a comical, sloppy kiss and when it was done Logan brushed it off and Storm went happily skipping out of the scene. Singer liked the idea and tried to integrate it into the actual scene, the scene itself ended up cut because of pacing and blocking issues.
  • Wag the Director: The script called for Logan to wake up in 1973 in boxer shorts. Hugh Jackman vetoed this, in favor of waking nude, saying, "In Australia, if you're next to a really good-looking girl, you're not getting out with boxer shorts on, or briefs, or anything!"
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jamie Campbell Bower and Nico Tortorella auditioned for the role of Quicksilver before Evan Peters was cast.
    • Angel, Azazel, Riptide, and Emma were intended to return, until they decided to go with the Days of Future Past story and killed the former Hellfire Club offscreen.
    • According to Singer himself, Deadpool and Gambit were supposed to appear in the film.
    • Among the concept art that has surfaced for the film is a costume concept of Jubilee for the future scenes, indicating that she was among the characters considered for the film. Actress Lana Condor will portray Jubilee in X-Men Apocalypse.
    • The mutant who helps the heroes break Magneto out of jail was originally going to be a teenage version of Cain Marko, aka The Juggernaut. The script was rewritten to feature Quicksilver in the jailbreak sequence instead, and Josh Helman, the actor who was cast as Marko, was chosen to play a young version of William Stryker (the Big Bad of X-2) to make up for his role being cut.
    • Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke, was also considered to make an appearance in the film, but was cut from the script early. It does not help that before the film came out, many were confusing Fan Bingbing's Blink for her. Psylocke is played by Olivia Munn in X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • A major Deleted Scene would have turned the plot of the movie on its ear had it been kept as it featured Mystique returning to Charles's mansion where she has her gunshot wound tended to by Hank and is basically completely filled in on her role in the story arc, which although Mystique remains defiant, still pretty much would have left the film with nowhere to go had it been kept.
    • Stan Lee was offered a cameo, but opted out so he could attend Fan Expo Canada in Toronto.
    • Singer also wanted a younger Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, to show up as well, but he thought there were already too many characters as it was. However, Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • Rachel Summers was originally going to be the one to send Wolverine back in time and have a complicated relationship with Storm, but her role was cut and given to Kitty because Simon Kinberg felt the movie already had enough drama and characters.
    • Scenes implying a romance between Storm and Logan were filmed, but cut for time.
    • Beast was to appear in the future scenes but Kelsey Grammer was busy filming Transformers: Age of Extinction. His cameo was added in re-shoots.
    • Havok was to be captured later on in the film and used to test a prototype Sentinel. It was cut for time purposes. This explains why Havok is not seen when Magneto makes his broadcast, but Ink and Toad are.
    • In Matthew Vaughn's intended version of the film, Magneto would have intended to kill JFK as revenge for the murders of Angel and Azazel. Raven would also have attempted to pose as Kennedy, with help from Emma Frost, in an attempt to gain power. It would have backfired horribly, explaining the anti-Mutant sentiment.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • Courtesy of Michael Fassbender. Mags and Quicksilver are father and son in this universe as well; obviously neither of them is aware of it, which also ties in with the early comics. Although in the movie, Erik does a blink and you'll miss it Double Take when Peter mentions that his mom told him she knew a guy with similar powers. Though this is confirmed in X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • According to James McAvoy and Louise Mingenbach (the costume designer), we were supposed to infer that Charles was experimenting with all sorts of narcotics to escape his psychological anguish, but there is a limit to the amount of drug use that can be shown in a PG-13 movie. Knowing that he was frequently drugged out of his mind in addition to the alcoholism and serum addiction makes Xavier's Heroic BSoD that much more tragic. (Note that the administration of the serum, especially when Charles does it by himself, is presented exactly in the same manner as heroin users.)

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