Days of Future Past is stuffed with more mutants than any other X-Men movie, but there's one who deserved more screen time, and it's probably not who you think.
If you haven't seen DoFP yet -- stop. This article will spoil huge swaths of the movie for you if you don't.
Did you see it? Boy howdy, that was something, wasn't it? It's the best middle finger to X-Men: The Last Stand ever devised. Should've called that bad boy X-Men: Days of Future Retcon, am I right?
And, moreover, Days is plump with mutants I never thought I'd see on the big screen. Warpath, Sunspot AND Blink in one movie? Get right out of town. And they were all added while still giving time in the sun to Bobby, Kitty, Storm and Colossus, all of whom deserve their due after Last Stand.
And there were some surprise guest appearences, too. They're so surprising and so satisfying that I dare not even speak their names for fear that this is all just a wonderful dream and even uttering such things aloud will wake me.
But there's one guest spot that, if you were keeping up, you knew about. And, frankly, you probably weren't too thrilled it was coming.
Yes, poor Anna Paquin, who may arguably be the most miscast actor in X-Men history. She's not bad, if we're being honest, but in that first X-Men movie she just wasn't Rogue in the slightest.
But, frankly, it's been nearly 10 years since she's had a chance to do it. She's grown quite a lot as a performer just from True Blood alone, and if we're being honest, there's been a lot learned about how to make comic-book movies since Paquin first picked up Rogue way back in 2000. So, really, doesn't she deserve another whack at it?
More than that, though, something felt off to me when her cameo was nothing more than seeing her hold Bobby's hand in the final minutes of the film. Watching Halle Berry's Storm get a battery of badass scenes, all I could think was "Doesn't Paquin's Rogue deserve the same level of redemption too?"
And redemption is something the character certianly could use. When we left her in The Last Stand, she had become so toothless as a character that she had given up her powers just to be with a boy. Based on the final moments of that movie, with Magneto just barely moving his metal chess piece, we know her power loss is a temporary condition, but we never actually got that story, and it's a worthy one.
And the thing is, there's room for it in Days of Future Past. There's a clear hinting that Kitty and Bobby are together in the future. So what happened to Rogue?
Well, there's a sequence that was cut which is very telling. Here's what allegedly happens:
While Wolverine is gallivanting around in the past with the X-Men: First Class cast, though, Kitty Pryde is injured, and her future hold on Wolverine becomes tenuous. In order to preserve the time travel bond, then, the X-Men must find Rogue, who has the ability to absorb any mutant power. Unfortunately, Rogue is being held prisoner at Xavier Mansion, which has been transformed into a Sentinel-guarded military base, and the mission to find and rescue her — an expensive, lengthy sequence that involves Professor X, Magneto, and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) — was sliced from the film in postproduction after Fox executives worried it would pad the running time to over two and a half hours. Rogue is still brought in briefly to absorb Kitty's power and tend to Wolverine, but the machinations to get her there will now happen offscreen.
The thing is, if you've seen the movie, the "Rogue getting Kitty's powers" part didn't even happen.
But it should have. All that stuff should have made the final cut -- because it would have made the movie even better, extra length be damned.
Days of Future Past, for all its dark visuals and stunning fight sequences, needed more complex interpersonal stuff for the future timeline like the final moments between Erik and Charles.
With Bobby, Rogue and Kitty all in one place, you can pay off all the things we didn't get to see with just a simple hug between Rogue and Bobby and an "I'm sorry" shared between Kitty and Rogue as Kitty dies. Think how powerful that would be for those characters! That's so much better than just them using their super powers and then dying, isn't it? But you need Rogue there or it doesn't work.
Not to mention what it would mean for Rogue to be the one to watch over Wolverine's body while his consciousness fights to change the future in 1973. Logan and Rogue have had a really beautiful platonic thing going since the movies first came out. They watch out for each other. Who better to watch over Wolverine in his hour of need than her?
Also, I just desperately want Rogue to call someone "Sugar." Just once.
But maybe that's just me. What do you think?
Do you think Rogue's been underserved in the X-Men movies, and in Days of Future Past specifically? Or was there enough going on that you didn't miss her? Sound off in the comments!