Before X-Men: Apocalypse was released in theaters, fans were eagerly awaiting the live-action debut of Jubilee. Newcomer Lana Condor was cast as the character, but when the final product was delivered, she spent noticeably less time on screen than many had expected. After all, Jubilee was one of the first characters we got to see on set alongside the rest of the new, young X-Men. But even the expectations set by that image did not stop the film from ultimately cutting her big scene out of the final version.
Director Bryan Singer previously revealed that the Blu-ray/DVD release for Apocalypse would have the deleted mall scene attached, and with the Digital HD version now available to purchase, it wasn’t long before the clip made its way to the internet.
The Tumblr account xmenladies has posted the deleted scene in its entirety, giving Jubilee fans the chance to see more of the character’s onscreen appearance. In the clip, Jubilee is joined by Jean (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in the mall playing games, and she even gets the chance to use her powers.
If that was not enough Jubilee to satisfy, she is also featured in an extended clip of Scott coming to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. This deleted scene was posted by Twitter user DavidPercevals (via CBM) and shows an extended look at the scene shown in the movie.
While there was definitely some buzz surrounding the character’s appearance in the 80s-set film, neither of her big scenes were integral to the larger story of Apocalypse’s attack on humankind. The two scenes definitely add something to the film in terms of servicing fans of the character or those who just like to see a familiar mutant pop up every so often in one of the films, but given the movie’s already long runtime, it is understandable why they wound up on the cutting room floor.
Still, the deleted scene at the mall shows promise inasmuch as it demonstrates a shift in tone from the heavy action and high stakes of the rest of the film. Even though the character and the more playful tone were not fully utilized in this latest movie, it could be a sign of things to come as the studio moves into next X-Men movie or especially the teen-focused New Mutants.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now available on Digital HD and debuts on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD & DVD on Oct. 4, 2016.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.