How Wolverine’s Role in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Changed

By May 29, 2016

Warning: This post will contain spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse.

Packed into the film’s action and story, X-Men: Apocalypse still managed to keep Hugh Jackman’s streak as Wolverine going, letting him reprise his role as the character in every single X-Men movie to date, with his final performance as Logan set to be in next year’s still untitled Wolverine 3. Though, the sequence itself may feel a bit more shoved in and unnecessary to some fans out there, myself included.

While recently speaking with CinemaBlend though, screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg revealed that Wolverine’s original role in the film was much larger than it is in the final cut, but was reduced because he and director Bryan Singer believed it may have been taking too much away from Jennifer Lawrence’s role as Mystique in the film.

“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.”

But the creative duo still wanted to find a way to include him in the film, which eventually led them to the character’s Weapon X backstory, which Singer had previously played with in his other X-Men films as well:

“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.”

Now of course, the film went a bit too far, in my mind at least, in trying to connect the sequence to the other X-Men films and try and bridge the gap in Logan’s overall story. It felt unneeded if I’m completely honest, and while it was nice to see Logan going full Wolverine on all of Stryker’s soldiers and men in the halls, it didn’t quite make up for the sequence’s lackluster conclusion. Though, that could just be me.

X-Men: Apocalypse is in theatres now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable