I'm not sure if this has been asked here. I have found some forums elsewhere on this topic, but maybe the minds here have other thoughts.

In X-Men: Apocalypse, Havok, seeing Apocalypse and his horse-people abduct Professor X, tries to blast them away, only to blow a power-source or something with enough destructive power to blow up the mansion.

At the time, Quicksilver arrives at the mansion. He then suddenly "feels" the explosion or something and proceeds to save everyone, in a very cool scene to some awesome 80's music.

Thing is, how? How did he know the place was set to blow? Could he feel the vibrations in the ground? And if he has some gift of foresight, how did he not know that Stryker, who appeared shortly after, would stun everyone? And going with vibrations, seeing that Havok was not that far away from the blast to begin with, why couldn't he be saved? He was at least 5-10 meters away from Beast, who was saved, when he shot the blast.

This movie, unfortunately, left many holes in the plot. This might not be a big one, but it's a rather curious one, at least for me.

  • Havok was already engulfed by the blast when Quicksilver arrived. Despite being the fastest mutant in the world, he was not in time.
    – BlueMoon93
    Oct 27, 2016 at 15:49
  • @BlueMoon93 cool. so then do we chalk it up to vibrations? Oct 28, 2016 at 5:48
  • @NicholasAysen - No. See my answer. Oct 28, 2016 at 19:02

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If you look really closely at the middle left part of the screen in the video linked by BlueMoon93 at about the 27 second mark (just pause it there, and then pay close attention when you restart the video), you can see a flash in that part of the building. He's already moving at super-speed (notice how his Twinkie just hangs in the air), so it happens very slowly to him. He immediately takes off for that part of the mansion and begins rescuing the students.

First frame of explosion: enter image description here

Second frame of explosion: enter image description here

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    Nice observation Oct 29, 2016 at 11:07
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    But you gave the checkmark to the wrong answer? He didn't find the explosion while running around looking for Xavier, he saw the explosion from the outside and ran in to help. Oct 29, 2016 at 12:51
  • Isn't that just the camera changing focus? Can't see it :(
    – BlueMoon93
    Oct 31, 2016 at 10:08
  • If you look really close, you can see a whisp of smoke around those glowing spots, which is most likely what elicited that 2nd "Huh...". Change the Quality settings to 720pHD (or, better yet, watch it on your TV) and it's easier to see the smoke cloud begin to surround that area of the mansion. It's definitely the explosion. Oct 31, 2016 at 14:04

Judging from this scene:

It looks like Havok was already engulfed by the blast, as we discussed in the comments. As to why QS 'feels' the explosion, he may not necessarily feel it, since none of his powers seem to give him such an ability. From the wiki:

[QS can] run at supersonic speeds of up to Mach 10 and resist the effects of friction, reduced oxygen, and kinetic impact while moving at super-speeds. Also, he has a fast metabolism and can heal more rapidly than the average human. The character's speed allows him to perform such feats as creating cyclone-strength winds and running up walls or across bodies of water. QS's mind can perceive information with a photographic memory short term, becoming faster than the speed of thought, because he can shift his thoughts at a speed faster than normal thought. Also, he can cause vibrations in his body to transfer to solid material, and has superior agility and reflexes compared to other mutants.

From looking at the scene, I believe he is not aware at first. He just arrives there using his speed as always, recognizes the address (hence his 'huh?'), thinks the mansion looks cool (hence his 'huh..'), and runs around it looking for whoever he was searching. He finds the explosion and then decides to help out.


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