This article contains major spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse.
The final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse revealed that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine would have a role in the movie, and while we didn’t get to see a lot of him in it, it was still cool to watch the character dicing up those soldiers during the Weapon X facility sequence. However, it sounds like the character originally had a much bigger role in the movie which was reduced in order to keep the spotlight on Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend at the press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse, writer and producer Simon Kinberg revealed that at one point during the writing process of the script, Wolverine was actually the one who took over as the leader of the X-Men during Professor X’s absence:
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.
Since Kinberg and director Bryan Singer had to scrap that idea, they had to think of another way to get Wolverine into the script of the movie. Ultimately, they decided to have the younger X-Men break into the Weapon X facility and find him there:
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 thought that his cameo was pretty cool and it also sets up plenty of possibilities for the future of the X-Men franchise, plus the third yet-to-be titled Wolverine movie which is currently filming in New Orleans. What about you guys? Did you enjoy his cameo in the movie? Let us know in the comment section below.