One of the unfortunate side-effects of X-Men: Days of Future Past being one of the most crowded movies of the franchise so far, in terms of the number of mutants included, was that some of them ended up with very little screen time, others were cut from the movie entirely, and one of them disappointingly departed from the rest of the movie after one truly brilliant scene.
Along with Cable, one of the mutants who was considered for X-Men: Days of Future Past was Jubilation Lee AKA Jubilee. The character has appeared in three of the X-Men movies so for, but aside from a deleted scene in X2 where she showed a glimpse of her powers, she’s been restricted to brief cameos. Nonetheless, these appearances established her in the movie universe as being about the same age as Rogue, Pyro and Iceman.
It’s unclear where Jubilee ended up in X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s darkest timeline, though the most likely explanation is that she was killed off by the Sentinels along with Beast. We can, however, get an idea of what Jubilee might have looked like in that timeline, thanks to costume illustrator Phillip Boutte Jr. sharing his costume concept art for the film’s characters, including two different versions of Jubilee. Bishop, Blink and Iceman also had some pretty cool alternate costumes as well.
It’s interesting to see the elements that ended up on screen (like Bishop’s red cape) and those ideas that were ultimately abandoned, and there will no doubt be some X-Men fans who prefer the costumes in this concept art to what was eventually used. No offense meant to Iceman, but the above outfit is probably a little cooler than the vest-jacket-with-popped-collar that he went with in the end. It certainly looks like the future mutants’ costumes were designed from the start with dark grey and black palettes, perhaps to make their respective colors (like Sunspot’s yellow, Bishop’s red, and Blink’s purple) stand out more.
Since X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 1980s we probably can’t expect to see Jubilee putting in an appearance, but there has been plenty of speculation that Cable will be introduced in the next team-up due to his personal ties to Apocalypse. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has confirmed that Quicksilver will have an expanded role in the sequel, however, and teenage versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey are also expected to make an appearance.
Do you wish that Jubilee had been included in the future timeline, or do you think that X-Men: Days of Future Past already had enough mutants?
Fantastic Four arrives in theaters on June 19th, 2015, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.