The Good News First: Wolverine Will Have Multiple Secret Endings

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

wolverine secret endings The Good News First: Wolverine Will Have Multiple Secret Endings

We have some good news and bad news surrounding X-Men Origins: Wolverine – the movie set to kickoff the summer of 2009. The good news is that the movie will feature multiple secret “Easter egg” endings – meaning that when you see it, you may get to see something that others don’t. The bad news is that claims of additional footage to be featured in the theatrical version of the film compared to the leaked copy may not be entirely true.

If you’ve been following updates on the soon-to-open Wolverine-centric film (weren’t all the X-Men films Wolverine-centric?) or even just read the entertainment section of your favorite newspaper then you no doubt have already heard about the major leak of a complete early workprint of the Wolverine spinoff movie that made its way on the internet at the beginning of the month.

While there’s a debate as to whether or not the security breach will have a significant impact on the film’s box office numbers, the fact is, people who want to see it, still will. Fortunately for Fox, the workprint that made its way onto the home-computers of over a hundred thousand torrent users was nearly a month old at the time and missing a ton of special effects and incomplete edits as well as most of the score. In addition to that, Tom Rothman, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox, claimed that nearly 10 minutes of footage was missing from the leaked version.

Well, according to some reports, that may not be true.

I guess we could say this started when The Huffington Post figured out that film’s run-time for both the theatrical and leaked versions of the movie ran around the same 107 minute time frame. Are the numbers off? Was Rothman lying? Or did they just happen to edit out an entire ten minutes of footage and replace it with the same amount?

Later, a “source” of Ain’t It Cool News apparently had a chance to see the completed version of the movie and revealed that it was in fact, exactly the same as the workprint minus the obvious post-production work. If that’s true, Rothman was lying about the additional footage and probably saying that just to encourage folks who downloaded it to still see it (although, I’d imagine that most of those who did are hardcore fans and will see it anyway).

After all, Rothman and Hugh Jackman swore to not let the leak hurt the movie and said they’d do everything possible to ensure its success. That might explain the footage discrepancy – although I do not condone Rothman’s outright lying (if that is the case). It also explains why we’ve seen Jackman popping up all over the world doing press events and appearances. Jackman’s certainly a hard-working guy and he put his heart and soul into this project from the beginning. Much respect to you, big guy – I hope this movie is good and turns out to be a box-office success.

Moving on to the good news, Alex at First Showing had a chance to see the film on the Fox lot in L.A. where director Gavin Hood spoke a little bit about the film and the differences between it and the leaked copy. Alex was quick to point out that Gavin did not mention any differences in footage but he did talk about the film having different prints with different secret endings. How many endings? They didn’t say other than it’s at least two (I sure hope it’s more than two, otherwise that’s a little disappointing). These secret endings show up after the credits start to roll (a la Nick Fury in Iron Man) and have no effect on what you see in the actual film.

That means, what you see at the end may differ from what I see. It’s a pretty interesting marketing strategy and it’ll be sure to get folks talking about it upon release. I’m a little disappointed that I won’t get to see it all when paying my $10 for a ticket but since it’s an after-credit bonus, I can’t really complain. In his screening, Alex got to see a 30-second clip that involved Deadpool.

wolverine mutant cast The Good News First: Wolverine Will Have Multiple Secret Endings

The worst part about the leak for me, and I’m sure many other fans out there, is seeing all the rampant spoilers all over the web, most of the time with no warning. I don’t want to see the crap version and I’ve been waiting quite some time for this film to hit the big screen. If you have seen the workprint, keep it to yourself. Don’t be a jerk and ruin it for others.

A quick shout out to all the sites that have been covering Wolverine news. While not mentioned within my article, Peter at /Film has also been covering the movie step-by-step like us and some of his recent articles provided many sources which helped me in gathering information for this post.

What do you think of all this news and will you be seeing Wolverine in action this weekend like me?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine kicks off the summer season this Friday, May 1st and you know I’ll be there.

Sources: /Film, Ain’t It Cool News, Entertainment Weekly, First Showing, The Huffington Post

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  1. @Daniel F, oh okay, sorry then.
    This is the problem with typing, you never know if someone is being serious or not.

    And, to quote Arnold in the great Last Action Hero: “nobody likes a smart-ass.”

  2. This bugs me a bit. If I want to see all the endings, let’s say for the sake of argument there are three of them, then I’d theoretically have to pay to see the movie three times, which is bull.

    But, chances are, different theaters will only get one of the endings, so going to see the movie in the same theater is out, because I’ll end up seeing the same secret ending twice, wasting money.

    So instead I go to a different theater, but then there’s a 1/3 chance that they’ll have the same ending as the theater I just saw it in. More wasted money.

    So…. I’m not going to see it more than once, despite being the kind of fan who probably would go see it a second time for a different ending, just because I don’t want to pay twice and end up getting the same one. It’s a lame marketing ploy, and like someone else said, they’ll all be up on youtube immediately.

  3. JoshR,
    I am sure all the multiple endings
    will be on the DVD.
    which you could buy or rent.
    there has never been a better time to rent a DVD.
    they are slashing rental prices to compete wth Netflix.

  4. @ Josh R,

    Ya, that is partly the problem. I think the idea is that everyone will see their one bonus ending and then talk about it with friends generating a lot of buzz, especially online.

    Like Gary says, they’ll all be on the DVD and online before that though.

  5. @ Bruce,

    thanks :)

  6. Lol… Wearing the costumes… At least your group is all going in costumes… I’m always the odd man out. Both indy and for the balboa film. At the theater i did the whole running and jumping bit that rocky did in part 2 and i ripped my pants at the theater… Ah well… Good luck with your experience… Lol.

  7. @ Jago,

    haha, that’s awesome.

    hmmm… my rugged facial hair is almost long enough to trim a bit of the front to do a Wolverine/Sabretooth for Friday… should I?

  8. Any new news on how many secret endings there are?

    I didn’t get to see the Deadpool ending at the preview I went to. Hope that means the Deadpool movie is definitely happening!

    We did get to see 30 seconds that set-ups a sequel to this prequel, introducing a storyline many fans of the comics will be very excited about :)

    Hmmmm… Is there a third secret ending featuring Gambit?

    Great movie, I thought. Well worth seeing in a cinema just for the opening credits sequence alone

  9. @rob
    as long as you don’t try to do to your fingernails what i saw sabretooth on the trailer do to his… because to me that was seriously disturbing… i can’t even begin to explain what it looked like without getting hives…you gotta see that movie with a empty stomach if they show his fingernails alot…

  10. Just came back from watching Wolverine at the movies (Released on the 29th down here in Oz)

    Gotta say I really enjoyed it, the humor was good and the fights quite sleek. I will say that some of the FX is a little on the dodgy side, but not enough to run anything.

    Just go along, switch off your brain and enjoy! (Oh, and Wade Wilson? Very cool.)

  11. Just a Thought:

    SPOILERS…. Please have the forethought and consideration to Warn comment readers if you are going to toss out spoilers about the movie most haven’t seen yet. THANKS.

  12. @ jago,

    lol bud, I was just talking facial hair :)

  13. i hope they have all of the endings on DVD, if they dont then that sucks because i saw wat was probably the most boring ending clipof the ones they made