In its first weekend of international release, Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse has already pulled in just over $100M in 76 markets (Japan, China, and Korea were not included). The Bryan Singer-helmed film is set to hit US theaters on May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend) and will continue to roll fans into the summer blockbuster season.
During an interview from the London press junket, executive producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg discussed some of the film’s deleted scenes and rumored cameos. He revealed that while X-Men: Apocalypse did not lose significant story lines to the editing room floor, like X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are several scenes that were cut in order to keep the film on track.
As evidenced in the TV spot above, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan), Kurt Wagner (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jubilee (Lana Condor) enjoy a day out being teenagers in a mall. In what Kinberg describes as “more of a montage” than any kind of actual narrative, the mall sequence is an endearing reminder that these mutants aren’t that different from humans. They hang out at the mall, they go to the movies, they geek out over Star Wars, they get brain freeze, and apparently, Kurt break dances.
In an interview with Collider, Kinberg noted the hilarity of Nightcrawler breakdancing in the mall with a random group of kids, he said it was ultimately cut because it just didn’t fit with the storytelling. He also dashed any sliver of hope that Taylor Swift would make an appearance as Dazzler when he emphatically says she was “never” set to play the character. The now-infamous photo that sparked the flurry of rumors was “misconstrued,” said Kinberg, because it was just the cast going to a concert.
Kinberg seems genuine in his fondness for the mall scene that was cut, going so far as to call Nightcrawler’s dancing “profoundly entertaining.” But in a film with a runtime listed at 144 minutes (without trailers), it is understandable that some scenes would have to go. Yet if we are to take Kinberg’s words at face value, it looks like there are still small moments of levity in the film that provide a reprieve from Apocalypse’s heavy hand.
Despite their focus on narrative and trimming the fat to keep the story moving forward, X-Men: Apocalypse has an uphill battle in order to perform well in the US amid mixed early reviews. At the time of this posting, Metacritic has it scored at only a 51.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
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