The Wolverine finally released in theaters last month, aiming to make up for the mess that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine four years prior. And while Hugh Jackman finally had the chance to play the Wolverine fans of Marvel Comics have long waited for, the film – while much better as a whole – was panned by critics for similar shortcomings in its third act.
Its arguably odd and extreme final set piece could have been much more weird if another familiar mutant was involved, and it almost happened according to screenwriter Mark Bomback who at one point had Rogue (Anna Paquin) written into The Wolverine’s script.
The weaker elements of the story of The Wolverine centered around the inclusion of other mutants and funny enough, Christopher McQuarrie’s original script didn’t include any outside of the titular hero. Chatting with Creative Screenwriting, Bomback explains his love of the Rogue character from Marvel Comics and how she almost had a big role in The Wolverine that would of played into the film’s finale in the key moments surrounding what happens to Logan.
Warning: We’re going to discuss in detail key moments in the end of The Wolverine.
The final action set piece involves Yashida piloting the Silver Samurai mech suit, equipped and armored with adamantium, cutting off Logan’s adamantium claws in an attempt to (inexplicably) drain Wolverine of his mutant healing powers which (inexplicably) make Yashida young again. With Rogue in the story, her mutant ability to absorb other mutant powers was going to play into that sequence. Explains Bomback:
“I love Rogue and I just think that there’s something about this idea that Rogue is tremendously empathetic but incapable of safe human contact. That always moved me and I thought that’s what really got to the heart of what makes the X-Men franchise so unique. So I was trying to do something with Rogue in the script. I even had a set of ideas that the old man possessed a version of Rogue’s power and that was going to be indicated by a white stripe in his hair. Eventually it became very goofy, and I threw it out because I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool. It’s no accident to me that in the first X-Men film the first two mutants that you really see who have a connection are Wolverine and Rogue. There’s something special between them, so I was trying to bring Rogue into it, but it just didn’t get there. I regretted there wasn’t a way to figure it out, but when I look at the film now, it would have stuck out if we tried to shoehorn her in there just because it was another character from the universe.”
We’re glad they went with the less “goofy” option of the Silver Samurai Yashida reveal and power-sucking ability…
Our gripes with the finale aside, a retread of the bad-guy-using-Rogue’s-ability has already been done and we are excited at the idea of Logan being permanently changed, not only physically with the return of bone claws and weakening of his healing powers (explains the graying hair in X-Men: Days of Future Past), but his motivations. He’s now over the death of Jean Grey and isn’t going to waste anymore time avoiding being a self-described “soldier.” Those elements were in the story from the get-go and were obviously important for Jackman and the studio in planning out the future of Wolverine in the X-Men film universe.
The latest (albeit questionable) rumor about Jackman is that he’s been offered a four-picture detail to continue playing Wolverine years beyond X-Men: Days of Future Past, which debuts in theaters next summer. That’s also where we’ll see Rogue and Wolverine reunite. But will she finally have some of her acquired powers from the comics?
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
Source: Creative Screenwriting