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Why Quicksilver's Days Of Future Past Costume Makes No Sense

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is widely acknowledged to be a high point in Fox's hit-and-miss "X-Men" franchise. With the exception of 2017's "Logan," "Days of Future Past" is the highest-rated X-Men film among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, narrowly beating the likes of "X-Men: First Class," "Deadpool," and "X2: X-Men United" and soaring above series low points that include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Dark Phoenix."

There's a lot to love about "Days of Future Past," including its dystopian opening sequence, the double timeline plot, and a huge ensemble cast that combined original trilogy stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Anna Paquin with new-school cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult, plus Peter Dinklage. The film successfully tempers the darker themes of mutant genocide, Vietnam, and Professor X's alcoholic despair with comedic touches, mostly involving Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) interactions with the 1973 versions of Charles Xavier (McAvoy), Hank McCoy (Hoult), and Magneto (Fassbender).

The film is also notable for introducing fan favorite Quicksilver (Evan Peters) to the franchise. In the 1973 timeline, Charles, Hank, and Wolverine recruit young kleptomaniac Peter Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, whose superspeed will help them in their mission to free Magneto. Quicksilver sports a look that features a leather jacket, a Pink Floyd T-shirt, goggles, and headphones. Unique it may be, but is that costume really the greatest choice for his abilities?

Quicksilver's choice of clothing is completely unsuitable for bouts of superspeed

Possibly the most wildly entertaining moment in "Days of Future Past," if not the entire "X-Men" franchise, is the kitchen scene. Having busted Magneto out of a top-secret plastic prison beneath the Pentagon's central courtyard, Quicksilver, Xavier, and Wolverine come face-to-face with several gun-wielding security guards. Guns are drawn, triggers are pulled, and then the whole scene freezes as Quicksilver neutralizes the situation in a dazzling, carefree, balletic, and joyously cheeky demonstration of his mutant power. It's a beautifully executed scene, with production design on par with the excellent standards set throughout "Days of Future Past." But apparently, someone in the costume department didn't put practicality at the top of the list when putting together Quicksilver's look.

When Bryan Singer's first "X-Men" movie premiered in 2000, it immediately drew ire from fans of the comics because of the licenses taken with the heroes' costumes. But 14 years later, Quicksilver's appearance in "Days of Future Past" seemed to provoke an especially enraged fan response on Twitter. Although the goggles are a nice touch, his other accessories, including his jacket and headphones, are less logical. An unzipped, loose-fitting jacket seems like a potential safety hazard at those speeds, and it's a miracle those headphones don't fly right off once he hits 80 mph.

Fans were delighted to see Evan Peters return to the role of Peter Maximoff for a cameo in WandaVision. However, it remains to be seen how Peters' Quicksilver fits into the larger future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the "X-Men" franchise, whether we'll see him again, and what costume he'll be sporting if we do.