The X-Men movies just can’t quit Wolverine, it seems. Hugh Jackman’s take on the world’s most beloved Canadian (OK, maybe next to Justin Trudeau?) has managed to show up in every main X-Men movie, whether in a starring role or as a cameo. But it turns out his savage appearance in Apocalypse could’ve been even bigger. And just as a warning, if you’ve not seen Apocalypse just yet…
Wolverine’s got a pretty meaty appearance in Apocalypse — we get to see Logan emerging as Weapon X, and go absolutely bonkers on a bunch of guards, before he hops off on his merry way (to go and star in Wolverine 3, probably). But according to a new interview with Cinemablend, that wasn’t originally all Wolverine would have done in the movie. Simon Kinberg told the site that Wolverine was going to end up leading the next generation of X-Men into battle against Apocalypse as well:
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 Kinberg says, instead the role was decreased significantly, in order to give Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique more of a starring role. Makes sense, considering the fact that Fox is paying the actress a considerable amount of cash to keep her appearing in X-Men films — and especially with Lawrence saying she’s made a deal with co-stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender for them to only return to the franchise if all three of them are involved. They have to make sure they keep her part major, even if it is a bit weird to have a version of the X-Men with Mystique at the helm.
But man, imagine what would have been if they went ahead with this. I guess Fox wanted to try and get as much out of Jackman as they could before he hangs up the claws for good after Wolverine 3.