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Two of Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver)'s relations are implied but never outright stated in the film due to copyright issues. He first remarks to Magneto that his mom used to know someone that could manipulate metal - in the comics, Magneto is in fact Quicksilver's father. This is further implied when Peter's Mother sees Magneto on television and reacts with horror and recognition. A deleted scene also addressed that Peter has a sister - Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch.
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were performing in a touring production of "Waiting for Godot" when Bryan Singer approached the actors about reprising their respective roles as Professor X and Magneto. According to McKellen, both men were utterly shocked as they thought they'd passed their roles on to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, and would never play the characters again. Both Stewart and McKellen were delighted to return to two of their most popular roles, and to work with the younger actors playing the same characters as well.
The addition of Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver to the cast sparked wide discussion over the direction of the character who is also slated to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Quicksilver had been discussed previously as a potential character in both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Avengers (2012), but legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from both films. However, in May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an Avengers sequel, though under certain parameters: no reference to Quicksilver's membership in the Avengers can be made in an "X-Men" film, and no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character's father) can be made in an "Avengers" film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a "mutant" in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after the announcement of Peters's casting, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the "X-Men" franchise, possibly necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series. Ultimately, Fox and Marvel decided to cast different actors in the part for the "X-Men" and "Avengers" films, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson taking on the role in the latter sequel, thus preventing any connection between the two franchises and keeping the X-Men confined to a separate universe from those of the Marvel cinematic universe.
According to Peter Dinklage, Bryan Singer picked him to play Boliver Trask because of his height: "With my dwarfism, I'm a bit of a mutant. I can't move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask is quite sensitive about that aspect of himself."
Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class (2011), this will be Hugh Jackman's seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
When Magneto is retrieving his helmet you can see Havok's damaged X-Men uniform, one of Angel Salvadore's wings and the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw all from X-Men: First Class (2011).
Bishop is the first mutant Shadowcat sends through time. This is a homage to Bishop being a frequent time-traveller in the X-Men comics.
According to Bryan Singer, he could only get the film started with confidence once Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to return.
The filmmakers selected the "Days of Future Past" storyline because it would allow the filmmakers to reconcile any continuity dissonances within the "X-Men" film series. The time-travel element also allowed actors from the original film series and the intended reboot that was X-Men: First Class (2011) to appear in the same film together.
The original 'Days of Future past' comic mentioned time travel from the year 2013, the same year in which filming began. In the film, the "future" action is implied to take place in 2023.
In the scene where Trask and Nixon discuss the implementation of the Sentinel program, an aide is seen switching off a tape recorder. This is a sly reference to the infamous 18 1/2 minute gap on Nixon's Oval Office tapes, long thought to have been deliberately erased by Nixon or his aides to cover-up politically damaging information. Former Nixon adviser H.R. Haldeman has said the erased conversation contained references to Nixon's involvement in the Kennedy Assassination--another subtle joke in the film, as Kennedy is revealed to have been a mutant.
Ellen Page is the first actress to play the role of Kitty Pryde more than once. Though the character had appeared in three X-Men movies prior, each time, she was played by a different actress.
According to Bryan Singer, he had a two-hour discussion with James Cameron, director of the time-travel films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), about how to make the time-travel concept feasible and workable within the film. The concepts the two discussed included alternate universes and string theory (a field of quantum physics that define multiple universes).
When Wolverine/Logan first wakes up in the past, the woman in bed with him calls him "Jimmy." In the comics, it's been revealed that his name at birth was actually James Howlett.
Bryan Singer filmed Quicksilver's scenes in a special format of 3600 frames per second. This means that Quicksilver will be moving 150 times faster than normal. The camera was used to record close-ups and movements of Evan Peters, as well as the guards he encountered.
Shooting went on under the working title "Hello Kitty." This refers to X-Men member Kitty Pryde.
In her cameo, Rogue is seen wearing her trademark green jacket & pants from the comic books.
Although Anna Paquin's on screen time is only 3 seconds and she has no lines, she still was one of the top billed cast members during the ending credits.
The dissertation Bolivar Trask reads from during his senate committee hearing, which outlines that the emergence of Homo Sapien lead to the extinction of the less evolved Neanderthal ancestors, was written by Charles Xavier and was partially read to Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011).
Halle Berry's role as Storm had to be substantially reduced due to her pregnancy.
A life-size model of a 1973 Sentinel robot was constructed for filming.
This film ties a record previously held by The Dark Knight Rises (2012) for the most Academy Award-nominated actors in a single comic book movie. While The Dark Knight Rises (2012) starred seven nominees with an additional nominee appearing via archive footage (eight in total), this film features eight: Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Lerner, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin.
When Quicksilver asks Magneto if he knows karate, Michael Fassbender replies "I don't know karate, but I know crazy". This is a James Brown lyric in his early 1970s hit song "The Payback".
Originally Josh Helman was going to be cast as a young Cain Marko/Juggernaut. But Juggernaut was written out of the film, and Helman was offered the role of a young William Stryker.
When Matthew Vaughn was going to direct, he was going to make the film a direct sequel to X-Men: First Class (2011) and have it set in the 1970s. Early ideas included an opening with the Kennedy assassination being caused by Magneto, and mutant encounters set in the Civil rights movement/the Vietnam War. When Singer took over, he integrated these concepts into a viral marketing campaign to set up the action of the film. In this alternate history, Magneto is arrested and imprisoned for the assassination of Kennedy, but maintains his innocence. The "Bent Bullet" Theory (a reference to the real life "Magic Bullet" Theory criticized by conspiracy theorists) holds that the Warren Commission determined that Magneto manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald's bullets to kill the President in retribution for the murder of the mutants Azazel and Tempest (from X-Men: First Class (2011), though in the film Tempest was codenamed Angel) by the CIA. Conspiracy theorists, based on Magneto's testimony, insist however that Magneto had tried to prevent the murder of Kennedy, and that the true shooter was not Oswald, but Mystique in disguise who, with the help of Emma Frost (also from "First Class") framed Magneto, and manipulated Jack Ruby into later murdering Oswald. The theory also posits that Mystique offered to double as Kennedy in an attempt to grab power, all of which backfired horribly, leading to anti-mutant hostilities.
For her role as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence wore a special bodysuit. She had previously worn full-body prosthetics in X-Men: First Class (2011) but found that too uncomfortable.
Peters described Quicksilver as someone who "talks quick, moves quick. Everything else is very slow compared to him, it's like he's always at the ATM waiting for the dude in front of him to finish."
This is the sixth time that Patrick Stewart has appeared in an X-Men film; Stewart had made an uncredited appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and appeared in The Wolverine (2013)'s credits scene.
Although their characters are father and son (although never explicitly stated in the film), Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters are only 10 years apart in age.
Production designer John Myhre described the future Sentinels as having evolved from machines into biomechanical weapons: "They are almost made up of magnetic plates slapped over one another, imagining that the plates could contract or grow, so the Sentinel can be skinny to get through a small space or the plates can open up to become a bigger shape. They have become virtually unstoppable - the ultimate version that can actually, in principle, stop the X-Men."
This is the fourth X-Men film to be based on a Chris Claremont "X-Men" comic:
The release of the teaser trailer for this film ignited such interest, director Bryan Singer made the unprecedented move of recording an actual commentary track to it the following day, explaining the significance of certain scenes and offering more insight into what to expect from the film.
Jason Flemyng was originally set to reprise his role as Azazel when Matthew Vaughn was still set to direct. When Vaughn left, the storyline was dropped in favor of the time travel/crossover storyline, and Azazel's role cut from the script to accommodate characters from the original "X-Men" film series.
Bryan Singer based Boliver Trask on Adolf Hitler: "As Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants. But he wasn't a six foot, perfect blond Aryan - he was a short, funny looking fellow!"
Simon Kinberg said that in the unwritten back story, Bolivar Trask was part of the group responsible for attempting to assassinate the mutant American President JFK. Kinberg also said that Trask had militarian supporters in the US Government and that during the Vietnam War, any soldier with a higher than anticipated kill record would be subjected to tests by Trask Industries to determine whether they were a mutant. Those found to be a mutant were put into quarantine.
John Myhre hid X-symbols in the sets he designed for the film.
The mutant soldiers Mystique rescue are Havok (Lucas Till reprising his role from First Class), Ink, Toad and Spike.
According to writer Simon Kinberg, the scene involving Quicksilver disabling the guards with his superhuman speed was mostly practical work while CGI was mostly used to create particle effects.
The four main female X-Men in the principal cast (Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin) are all Academy Award nominees. The six principal male cast members (Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Peter Dinklage) are all Golden Globe nominees (Jackman, Fassbender and McKellen are also Academy Award nominees).
Bryan Singer and Peter Dinklage describe Bolivar Trask as a peace-lover: "He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other, unless they can find a common element to unite against; he sees the advent of the mutants as a way to unite people. He sees what he's doing as a good thing - his ambition is definitely blind. He's strove all his life for a certain respect and attention."
An older version of Ink is visible in the Mutant Internment Camp scene early in the film wearing an inhibitor collar to prevent him from using his powers.
Matthew Vaughn, who directed X-Men: First Class (2011), was supposed to return to direct this movie but he decided to decline to do Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films and a producer, was hired to direct.
Bryan Singer is a big fan of Peter Dinklage and his show Game of Thrones (2011). Dinklage's role of Tyrion Lannister inspired Singer to cast Dinklage as Trask.
Chris Claremont, the writer of the original 'Days of Future Past' comic, was brought on as a consultant.
During Magneto's fight with the presidential guards, there is a painting behind him. This painting is "Liberty Leading the People", a French painting made to commemorate the 1830 French Revolution, and a symbol of rebellion.
When Mystique stages a rescue of the mutants at the Vietnam War base, she does so in the guise of a colonel named Sanders. Colonel Sanders is the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
According to Simon Kinberg, this film is influenced by the time-travel films The Time Machine (1960), The Terminator (1984), Back to the Future (1985) and Looper (2012).
Trask is an anagram of Stark (aka Iron Man). Both make weapons in the Marvel universe.
When talking to Beast, Logan says he hopes he isn't a parent. Wolverine has sired a number of children throughout Marvel history: he sired Daken Akihiro (Dark Wolverine), he was cloned to create Laura Kinney (X-23) whom he treats as a daughter, in the "Ultimate Marvel" comics he is the father of Sabertooth and Jimmy Hudson (the second Wolverine) and in the "All-New X-Men" storyline he and Mystique sire Raze Darkholme.
This is the fourth adaptation of Chris Claremont's "Days of Future Past" comic. It had previously been adapted for X-Men (1992), Wolverine and the X-Men (2008) and The Super Hero Squad Show (2009).
In the Paris subway, a sign can be seen for "Victor Hugo Ave." Hugh Jackman appeared in Les Misérables (2012), based on Hugo's novel of the same name.
John Ottman is the first composer to score more than one movie of the X-Men series and the first editor to edit more than one, having already done both on X-Men 2 (2003).
Jamie Campbell Bower and Nico Tortorella auditioned for the role of Quicksilver.
Young Xavier tells Logan to "Fuck off." This was the original scripted line for Hugh Jackman's cameo in Xmen: First Class, "Go fuck yourself" was an improvisation by Jackman.
Almost all of the promotional photographs and posters of Major Stryker had the blue enamel of his Combat Infantry Badge "corrected" to green. Blue is the color of the U.S. Army's infantry branch. It appears the right way in the film.
In one of the trailers, Logan is talking to Mystique and says "I think you're a cold-hearted bi---". She replies "Don't hold back." This quote wasn't in the movie.
When Hank hacks the surveillance monitors, one of the shows seen on the screen is Star Trek (1966). Patrick Stewart would appear in the Next Generation show as the second Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard.
The script called for Logan to wake up in 1973 in boxer shorts. Hugh Jackman vetoed this in favour of waking nude: "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!"
Charles Xavier mentions that he believes Erik curved the bullet used to kill John F. Kennedy. James McAvoy starred in the movie Wanted (2008), itself also based on a comic book. In the movie, McAvoy's character learns he has superhuman abilities inherited from his father (ie genetic abilities, like a mutant power, versus abilities given to him by an outside force), which include the ability to curve bullets to hit a target.
Magneto claims John F Kennedy was a mutant, According to Simon Kinberg, JFK's mutant ability is hypnotic charm (similar to what Gambit has).
According to Bryan Singer, the mutants Deadpool, Gambit and Jubilee were meant to appear in the film, but were cut out for running time purposes.
In the film, President John F. Kennedy is heavily implied to be a mutant. In the year previous to this film's release, James Marsden ("Cyclops") portrayed Kennedy and Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth) portrayed his successor Lyndon Johnson in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013).
Hidden Mickey: A few seconds into the opening credits, three bubbles join together to form a Mickey Mouse head.
Costume designer Louise Mingenbach deliberately gave Peter Maximoff 1981-era clothes to display his irreverence and his outsider nature.
This is the first X-Men film where Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is not seen in his trademark suit. Bryan Singer felt it wouldn't work for the Professor to have a suit in an apocalyptic future.
According to John Myhre, the past Sentinel robots were inspired by 1970s molded plastics: "It was the idea of being inspired by 70s product design that helps out. We made them a little fun and stylish but also a little retro, and the key is they're not made of metal. That's very important to the story because there's a very powerful mutant."
According to John Myhre, the future environment is inspired by the architectural styles of China, India and Indonesia.
According to Simon Kinberg, the story's main theme is hope: "It confronts the notions of second chances. It's about characters that are lost trying to find themselves. In the other films, the characters had come into their own and knew who they were. In this one, they're all lost and they're trying to keep it together."
The private jet with tail number N540EA is a Gulfstream IIB, which is a II with the wings of a Gulfstream III. This variant was not FAA approved until 1981. The Gulfstream III from which the wings come was not built until 1979.
Comic book writer-artist John Byrne, who had worked on the "Days of Future Past" comic, was approached for a cameo in the film. He declined stating he disliked the films, and he'd feel "like he was in the Carrie (1976) prom scene".
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Cameo 

Len Wein:  creator of the Wolverine character, plays one of the senators who deny Trask his funding for the Sentinel Program.
Newton Thomas Sigel:  a disguise Mystique takes to escape from the Paris summit. Sigel is the cinematographer for all the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men films.
Chris Claremont:  A bystander at a fight scene.

Director Cameo 

Bryan Singer:  when Mystique jumps out of the building and onto the ground below after attempting to kill Trask, Singer is a photographer, who is briefly seen holding up a camera.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The cameos of Cyclops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) were so tightly guarded that the actors as well as director Bryan Singer outright lied about their appearance in the movie to keep their return a surprise.
Kelsey Grammer wanted to return as the elder Beast in a substantial role, but due to scheduling conflicts with Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) was unable. His cameo was added during reshoots to keep it secret.
The young mutant scavenging for metal at the film's opening is also the first person Wolverine sees in the restored timeline.
The cloaked teenage mutant in the post-credits scene is the mutant Apocalypse, a prominent X-Men antagonist.
In the post-credits scene, the pan around to the front of the character building the pyramids reveals the silhouette of four individuals on horseback. These are the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, four super-soldiers he converted and enslaved.
The appearance of the X-Men in the restored future segments resembles their appearance in the X-Men comics almost exactly. There are also hints at changes in relationships, as Rogue and Iceman are seen walking hand in hand, and Kitty and Colossus are seen teaching a class together (implying they're also a couple, as in the comics).
In the "Days of Future Past" comic it was Shadowcat who went back in time; in the film it's Wolverine. According to writer Simon Kinberg, Kitty was intended to be the time-traveller but it didn't work out: "Kitty in the era of young Magneto and Xavier would have been negative 20 years old. The reflex response to that was a character who doesn't age. Wolverine is the only character who would look the same in 1973 as he does in the future." Thus, Wolverine was picked for being an ageless immortal character who would bridge past and future.
Originally the prison break scene was conceived with Juggernaut in mind. However he was replaced with Quicksilver, whose power seemed more stylish and smooth.
Bryan Singer based the time travel in the film on string theory: "Until an object is observed, it hasn't really happened yet. The time-traveller whose consciousness travels through time I call The Observer, and until the Observer returns to where he travelled from, the result hasn't occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past and it isn't until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we have parallel action, and there's underlying tension because there's always that threat Wolverine's consciousness could return to the future and leave the world in an even darker place."
In the "Days of Future Past" comic Mystique tries to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly leading to the genesis of the Sentinel program. In this film Mystique remains the assassin, but as Kelly had appeared in X-Men (2000) her target is now Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).
Originally, there was an action sequence where Rogue (Anna Paquin) is trapped in the X-Mansion (now a Sentinel-run prison facility) and Professor X, Magneto and Iceman rescue her; this sequence was cut as Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer felt it was taking too much attention away from the main plot and the sequence will appear on the DVD. In the finished film, Rogue is only seen in the "restored" future sequence for a brief moment, though Anna Paquin still gets star billing.
When describing Mystique's capabilities to the President in the Oval Office, Trask tells him that she could take any shape including that of a colonel, a secret service agent, and even the President himself. That is the order of the key shapes she takes on during the film.
According to Simon Kinberg, this film unites ALL the future mutants: "It's this dysfunctional family and these desperate people who are outcasts in their own lives, and they come together, and that's not as emotionally satisfying as an outcast on their own."
The bullet wounds that appear on Wolverine's chest on his arrival to the 1970s is in the form of the Big Dipper. This is a homage to Hokuto no Ken (1984), whose protagonist Kenshiro has the same scar pattern on his chest.
The British movie magazine Empire had a front cover pulled out of production by Bryan Singer as it featured a photograph of Bolivar Trask in a straitjacket; Singer felt it gave the ending of the film away.
The baseball stadium Magneto destroys in the film is the old Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Memorial stadium. The Washington Senators played there until September 1971 and the Washington Nationals played there in 2005. Since the film takes place in 1973, it makes the stadium employee laying down chalk seem odd since baseball wasn't played there at that time.
The young Apocalypse's appearance is based on the appearance of the Engineers in Prometheus (2012), which featured Michael Fassbender and VFX supervisor Richard Stammers. Bryan Singer enjoyed that film and hired Stammers to work on this one.

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