Warning: Major SPOILERS for X-Men: Apocalypse lie ahead.
Although the final trailer for the latest X-Men installment spoiled an appearance of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the movie, it gave no indication as to how big of a role he was going to have. As it turns out, he really didn’t have much more than one scene, which showed a way more brutal and animalistic version of Weapon X than ever before seen on the big screen.
In the third act of Apocalypse, it’s Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique who leads the young mutants and new X-Men into the fight against the titular villain and his four horsemen. However, in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, writer Simon Kinberg revealed that this was almost Wolverine’s role.
“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.”
Personally, I like the way they handled it in the final cut. Had Wolverine been the ‘drill seargeant’ that Kinberg described, Apocalypse would yet again have been a very Wolverine-centric film – like all of its predecessors, except for Deadpool and Days Of Future Past. I felt like this was a way to give the younger cast its time to shine, and for audiences to get comfortable with it.
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