By next May, Hugh Jackman will have played the mutant hero Wolverine in seven different X-Men films (including the X-Men: First Class cameo) and not once has he worn one of his iconic costumes from Marvel Comics. In the trailer, image and teaser footage of Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jackman suits up in new duds yet again (in the future and in the '70s). But still no classic yellow and blue - at least that we've seen.
Even in 2000's original X-Men, while wearing the somewhat controversial black leather jumpsuits, the characters joked about yellow spandex, but a yellow Wolvy outfit from the comics for Hugh Jackman has only appeared in the X-Men: Origins: Wolverine video game, not the films. That may change, if a deleted scene from The Wolverine is to be believed.
While visiting the Australian set of The Wolverine last fall, I witnessed the second unit shoot a large action set piece with Logan (Jackman) battling through a small army of ninja warriors on his way to the final confrontation of the film. These scenes didn't make the theatrical cut of the movie but will be on its 4-disc Unrated Blu-ray edition along with additional 12 minutes of footage on December 3rd.
Thanks to a leaked clip out of Russia, we have our first look at what appears to be an alternate ending for the film, replacing the final scene with one catered for comic book fans.
* Warnings: Spoilers for The Wolverine ahead *
After losing his adamantium claws - and seemingly some of his healing abilities - Logan says farewell to Mariko after realizing he once again has a purpose in life as a self-described "soldier" and heads off with Yukio to in a private jet funded by Mariko's company. He's a financially set hero off to do good! In this alternate ending however, Yukio and Logan's conversation in the plane before lift off goes a bit differently and Yukio hands Wolverine a gift, one that features the mask and yellow costume similar to the Wolverine design in Marvel Comics.
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As exciting and flat out cool as the reveal in the deleted scenes is, it needs to be put into context should Jackman suit up in the yellow and blue or orange and brown from the comics. If Mariko and co. designed that suit for him, it would need a legitimate purpose. Is Wolverine off to create his own team (i.e. X-Force)? Is this costume or a similar incarnation going to make an appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past?
The fact that it wasn't used could indicate that the costume didn't fit plans for the character but we know now that Fox and The Wolverine director James Mangold are in talks to develop Wolverine 3, with Mangold writing a treatment for another Jackman-centric solo adventure. Are you hoping Wolverine and the X-Men sport classic costumes now that Spider-Man and The Avengers heroes proved that moviegoers are accepting?
The Wolverine releases hits home video December 3, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens March 6, 2015
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