Wolverine’s Original Role In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Might Have Overshadowed Mystique

May 31, 2016


Wolverine‘s original planned role for X-Men: Apocalypse would have been quite different and larger, as we’ve learned from an interview with Simon Kinberg via Cinema Blend.

“There was always a notion that we wanted Wolverine to be in the movie. We wanted to find a way to feature him in the film, partly because Bryan [Singer] and I love Hugh [Jackman] so much. We love the character, obviously, and he’s such a huge part of the franchise. There were a lot of iterations of how Wolverine would enter and exit the movie. There was a version when he was going to come in at the midpoint of the film and be like the drill sergeant for the kids and take over as their leader. And we felt like that stepped on Jen’s role in the movie and becoming their leader.”

“As we were, again, conceptually brainstorming the script, we knew that the kids were going to be abducted, or that a lot of our main characters were going to be abducted and taken somewhere. So we thought it would be interesting to take them to Alkali Lake, and that they would naturally, potentially… that the Weapon X program would be there, and maybe that was a place to find Wolverine.”

Logan was set to play a Drill-Sargent type role in the film, which some believed would sort of overshadow Mystique evolving into the team leader. Mystique sort of taking on the lone-wolf to leader role in the First Class trilogy, which is an arc shared with Wolverine could have been an issue .

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We still got an amazing seen with Wolverine regardless of their original plans. However, there’s a little curiosity if the scenes would have been an homage of sorts to Kathryn Bigelow‘s (Point Break, Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) purposed 1990 X-Men film titled Wolverine and The X-Men, which was written by Total Recall‘s Gary Goldsmith and Bob Hoskins eyed for Logan.The project would have mostly focused on Wolverine training a group of mutants, which sounds a lot like the original plan for Jackman’s part in the film. 

I wonder if the experience of the film not coming together helped push Bigelow into her current thoughts on the superhero genre, as she doesn’t think they’re as compelling as grounded films.


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