The original X-Men is credited – alongside Wesley Snipe’s Blade and Tobey Maguire’s original superhero outing as Spider-Man – with kicking off the modern-day obsession with comic book movies. Fox considered X-Men to be something of a gamble back in the day, but it paid off in ways no one could have predicted. It’s hard to believe that the original is a few years shy of its twentieth anniversary, and while it looks relatively small-scale compared to later entries, it remains an important milestone for the genre.
The series has veered off in wild, equally unpredictable ways since then; there’s a prequel trilogy, a Wolverine solo trilogy, a prequel/sequel in Days Of Future Past, and an R-rated spin-off with Deadpool that somehow managed to outgross all the other films that came before it. That’s not even mentioning the wealth of incoming franchise entries, such as Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, and at this stage, the messy X-Men timeline requires a degree in quantum mechanics to figure out.
With the sheer number of storylines and characters, it’s hardly surprising that the ten movies (to date) have a generous supply of deleted/alternate scenes. These scenes reveal abandoned subplots, shocking opening scenes, and unused cliffhangers. There are even a few unused jokes to mix things up.
Let’s take a look at 16 Deleted Scenes From The X-Men Movies That Should Never Have Been Cut, and explain why these moments would have benefitted the story if they had stayed.
16. Magneto In A Dress – X-Men: First Class
Professor X is the compassionate mutant who seeks to bridge the divide between humanity and mutant kind, so he formed the X-Men as a way to uphold the peace. In addition to being an all-around genius, his telepathic abilities include mind reading and astral projection, and for the most part, he uses these powers for good.
However, he’s still a young man when viewers meet him in First Class, and he’s not afraid to have a little fun with his abilities too. When Charles and Magneto are recruiting mutants for their cause, they approach Zoe Kravitz’s Angel Salvadore in a club to convince her to come onboard.
In a deleted moment, Charles gives her a brief demonstration of his powers by making it appear that Erik is wearing an unflattering dress and wig. It’s a silly gag, but it was fun snippet that showed the lighter side of young Professor X.
15. “The Raid” Gunfight – Deadpool
Deadpool became a surprise smash back in 2016, and despite being a violent, vulgar spin-off, it still became the highest grossing X-Men movie to date. Deadpool’s modest budget meant it had to rely more on character than action, which is why it feels a little light on epic set pieces at times.
The original script featured a couple more action scenes, including a motorcycle chase between Wade and Ajax, and a massive gun battle in the finale. Deadpool was supposed to put his bag of guns to good use, using them to blast his way floor by floor up a building to reach Ajax.
The sequence was described as a homage to 2013’s The Raid, but in the end, the production didn’t have the time or money to shoot it. The film got around this by simply making a joke of it; Wade just forgot his weapon bag again.
14. Storm Makes Waves – X-Men: The Last Stand
After being more of a supporting character in the first two movies, Halle Berry’s Storm got an increased role in The Last Stand, becoming a co-lead to Wolverine. She puts her powers to good use a couple of times throughout the story, though a brief – but cool – bit of action was snipped from the final battle.
During the final fight on Alcatraz, there was a sequence where Storm was to create a cloud above the island, and then crash a wave on top of some Brotherhood members. To put a bow on her attack, she then strikes the water with lightning to electrify her attackers.
The scene was removed because it made Storm look too powerful compared to her teammates, and made what should have been a tense battle seem slightly too easy. Then again, isn’t Storm supposed to be super powerful?
13. Sabretooth’s Action Figure – Logan
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is commonly regarded as the weakest movie in the series, with a messy story, poor CGI, and blatant attempts to set up spin-offs with characters like Gambit and Deadpool.
However, the strongest element of Origins was the relationship between Logan and his brother Victor, AKA Sabretooth. Liev Schreiber brought a menacing edge to the character, along with a dark sense of humor. The movie ended with the two brothers parting ways, but while there was talk of Schreiber making a cameo in Hugh Jackman’s farewell film, Logan, it sadly never came to pass.
Sabretooth did actually make an appearance – of sorts – in a deleted scene from the movie, where a mutant kid plays with his action figure and asks Logan if he was real. It was a nice character moment for Wolverine, so it’s a shame it didn’t make the cut.
12. Rogue Doesn’t Take The Cure – X-Men: The Last Stand
The relationship between Rogue and Wolverine was the heart of the original X-Men movie, but as the series continued and more characters joined the lineup, Rogue got left on the sidelines – to the point where she was essentially cut from Days Of Future Past (more on that later). Rogue has the power to absorb powers and memories through her skin – which also means she can’t get too close to her boyfriend without hurting him.
The Last Stand proved plenty controversial upon release, from killing off beloved characters like Professor X and Cyclops to reducing the Dark Phoenix saga to a subplot. Fans were also shocked that Rogue decided to take the mutant cure at the end so she could become a regular human.
11. Yukio’s Snow Blower Attack – The Wolverine
While director James Mangold knew he had to deliver a PG-13 cut of The Wolverine for cinemas, he shot R-rated material for the Blu-ray release. In addition to Logan being a lot more foul-mouthed, this version also made the violence bite harder.
This included a major deleted segment from the third act, where Logan has to brave a village filled with ninjas to rescue Mariko. This segment featured his bodyguard Yukio starting up a snow blower and using it to plough through ninjas, decorating the village with their guts.
It’s a gleefully bloody, over the top sequence, but it was way too much for the theatrical version, so out it went. Thankfully, Mangold knew he was getting the green light to deliver an R-rated Logan, so he didn’t have to hold back for Jackman’s final outing.
10. Young Storm Cameo – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: Origins was pitched as a grittier, more character focused spin-off for the series, but as it progressed, the studio kept straying from that plan. They added numerous mutants with spin-off potential and pointless cameos like Patrick Stewart as Professor X – all of which distracted from the main story. The overblown (and underwhelming) action scenes didn’t help either.
One cameo that didn’t make the cut was an appearance by Storm as a young girl, during the scene where Team X raids an African village. A brief glimpse of young Ororo Munroe is seen in the Origins trailer, but was removed for unknown reasons.
It’s a pity this scene didn’t make it, as it would have felt a little more organic than the timeline straining Cyclops appearance later in the story. It’s possible that the scene – where Team X murders several villagers – was considered too dark and needed to be toned down.
9. The Mall Scene – X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse was another entry that suffered from too many characters and subplots, and the story became unwieldy as a result. Unfortunately, one of the casualties of the editing process led to a fun sequence being removed around the midway point, where Scott, Jean, and Jubilee take Nightcrawler to the Mall.
In addition to allowing audiences to wallow in eighties nostalgia, it gave the teenagers a chance to bond and get to know each other before things go south. They visit the arcade – where Jubilee is able to gift her fellow mutants with free games – go shoe shopping, and Nightcrawler even does some break dancing.
8. The Costume Gift – The Wolverine
A major complaint among X-Men purists is that Hugh Jackman never donned Wolverine’s famous costume from the comics during his lengthy run on the beloved character. Way back when, Bryan Singer decided the comic costumes would look a little silly in live action, and opted inside for the team wearing figure-hugging leather outfits.
Cyclops even makes an in-joke about “yellow spandex” when Wolverine complains of the costumes in the original film. The closest the character ever came to his iconic comic outfit was the alternate ending for The Wolverine, where he’s presented with a goodbye gift from love interest Mariko.
He opens it up to the see the original costume and gives his bodyguard Yukio a knowing look. Director James Mangold removed this ending, feeling it was too distracting and on the nose, but it would have made for a nice Easter egg for longtime fans.
7. Jean Controls The X-Jet – X2: X-Men United
Bryan Singer planned for the third X-Men movie to tackle the famous Dark Phoenix saga from the comic, where Jean Grey is overtaken by her cosmic alter ego and becomes a threat to human and mutants alike.
There are hints of Jean’s eventual transformation throughout X2, and in the climax Jean “sacrifices” herself by holding off a crashing wave while using her powers to lift the X-Jet out of harm’s way. A deleted scene from the first act would have set this up, where Jean uses her powers to try and power the jet on her own.
Storm snaps her out of this, but it nicely foreshadowed the ending while hinting at the power Jean holds inside. Unfortunately, Singer left for Superman Returns, and The Last Stand famously botched the Phoenix storyline.
6. The Morgue – Deadpool
While Deadpool is filled with tasteless gags and gory violence, it’s ultimately a love story at its core; it even had a jokey poster that sold it as one. Wade undergoes the mutant treatment in hopes of curing his cancer so that he can be with his love Vanessa, but when he’s horribly scarred in the process, he can’t face meeting her.
This leads to a couple of scenes where he tries to work up the nerve to talk to her, but always chickens out. One of these morose scenes was supposed to end with Wade suddenly getting hit by a truck, and it then cuts to Wade waking up in a body bag in the morgue.
It’s a silly joke that was intended to undermine the seriousness of this section, but director Tim Miller felt the film worked better without it.
5. Professor X’s Imaginary Escape – X2: X-Men United
Probably the biggest deleted passage from X2 came from the part where hyper-powerful psychic Jason Stryker is trying to trick Xavier into using Cerebro. He creates a delusion where Charles imagines he escapes from the Alkali Lake facility, tricking a guard into letting him and Cyclops go.
Cyclops takes them back to the X-Mansion, which is eerily deserted. Cyclops soon disappears into thin air, and Charles encounters a lost little girl – who is really Stryker in disguise.
While this fake escape wasn’t strictly necessary plot-wise, it was kind of creepy in its own way, and showed how elaborate Jason’s fantasy had to be for Charles to buy into it. It also gave Cyclops something to do during this passage, since he essentially disappears from the story during the second act.
4. Wolverine Returns To His Old Watering Hole – X-Men: The Last Stand
Wolverine doesn’t end The Last Stand in a good place emotionally; he’s forced to kill his true love Jean Grey, his mentor Professor X is dead, and he’s left the X-Mansion behind. In the original cut of the movie, he was supposed to literally end up back where he started.
An alternate ending featured Logan revisiting the Canadian bar where audiences first met him in the original movie. The owner greets him with a shotgun, stating that he remembers his last visit. Instead of letting things take another ugly turn, he decides to just serve him instead.
The bar owner asks if he’s heading home, to which Logan replies, “Something like that.” This ending was a nice, intimate scene to round off Wolverine’s story for the trilogy, in addition to showing that he’ll always be an outsider of sorts.
3. Wolverine/Storm – X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Halle Berry didn’t get a lot to do in Days Of Future Past, with Storm essentially being a featured extra during the future part of the plot. It turns out that a major reveal about her relationship with Logan was featured in a deleted scene, which got snipped in the editing room.
In this sequence, the whole process of time travel is laid out for Wolverine; this includes the reveal that he’ll be the only person to remember the bleak, Sentinel destroyed future if he succeeds. The scenes ends with Logan and Storm having an intimate chat alone, ending with them sharing a passionate kiss.
This quiet scene reveals that a lot of unspoken history has transpired between them since The Last Stand, and it gave the Storm/Logan relationship some closure as well.
2. The Rogue Subplot – X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Despite the character being featured in trailers and on posters, Bryan Singer made the surprise announcement before release that Rogue was being cut from DOFP. The theatrical cut already had a hefty runtime, so something had to go, and Rogue’s arc drew the short straw.
Rogue was supposed to take over the mind transference process from Kitty after Wolverine accidentally stabs her, with Iceman and Magneto traveling to the X-Mansion to free her. During their escape, Iceman sacrifices himself so that the others can flee, and Rogue is taken to the temple to absorb Kitty’s powers.
It’s a shame she was snipped, since Days Of Future Past was supposed to act as a goodbye for the original cast – including Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and Anna Paquin – and while Rogue still has a brief cameo, the story would have been stronger with this subplot included.
1. The Westchester Incident – Logan
While fans knew Logan would be telling a darker story than previous X-Men movies – the R rating was a big clue – they probably weren’t expecting just how dark it would be. The X-Men are no more, mutants are all but extinct, and Professor X is senile and losing control of his powers.
The movie was originally set to open with a shocking scene where Charles completely loses control of his abilities in the X-Mansion, leading to seven of the X-Men being killed. This event happens off-screen in the final version, with Logan keeping this from Charles, as he knows the impact that the truth it would have on him.
James Mangold decided not to film this sequence at all, as he felt it would overwhelm the story, and that viewers would focus more on this shocking opener than the rest of the story. Still, a director’s cut inclusion certainly would’ve been an interesting sight to behold.
What other deleted scenes from X-Men movies do you think should’ve made the cut? Sound off in the comments.
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