Wolverine’s Original Role In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Revealed

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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.

Source: CinemaBlend

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • azimiq

    Would’ve preferred Wolverine to be the drill sergeant *sigh* what couldve been. Albeit, the movie was still pretty good!

  • RCJ

    How in the world wasn’t he a Horseman?

    Easy set up. He’s in the process of breaking out of Weapon X as Apocalypse rolls up and recruits him – fresh with violent training and adamantium. He becomes either War or Death.

    Let’s be frank . . . having Angel as Death as a nod to the story is ok. But not being a former teammate disfigured and used as a weapon against his friends really takes away from the weight of the original story. At this point Angel as a Horseman is just a guy.

    In that case, since he personal angle is served by Magneto as the Horseman War I think that Wolverine as Death would be better than Angel. That way there is even more familiarity with the individuals in the Horsemen – and they become even more threatening.

    Its also a way, from a studio perspective, to get Wolverine into another one of these movies while doing something new with the character.

    • TomDJ

      He definitely would have been a better horseman than Angel or Storm.

  • TomDJ

    i didnt like where they left things with Wolverine in DOFP and how they picked it up here. It seems like such a gap. Why have Mystique rescue him (posing as Stryker) only to have him captured anyways. Better to have just had Stryker pull him out of the river.

    • Chris W

      It’s called shoehorning in a bunch of crap because you don’t have a handle on the characters.

      • TomDJ

        I always had a feeling that it was in Hugh’s contract to be in every x-men movie. Then I thought…no, the audience loves him so Fox will have him in every movie and find any way to make him relevant.

  • Chris W

    Translation: we forced wolverine in to this script for no reason because we lacked a cohesive and vetted story.