It's safe to say that #Logan is already a modern superhero classic. With its contained setting, it gave us an entirely new and satisfying exploration of the superhero genre, leaving behind the trend of world-building. Ultimately, however, we are all still comic book fans, so while the film's isolated nature worked great, we were left with the desire to know more about the X-Men, who died in the years prior to when Logan takes place.
Well, we almost got our wish come true, even if it would have been for just one member of the team. #JamesMangold gave an interview to Empire Magazine. In it, he reveals there is a scene that was filmed which dealt with one of our favorite mutants: Jean Grey.
The character wouldn't have physically appeared to freak out #Wolverine via a nightmare during his sleep, though. Instead, she would have been mentioned during Logan, Charles and Laura's dinner scene with the Munsons. According to Mangold:
“I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place. Mrs. Munson asks Logan if he’s married, and Charles says he was – but he killed her. Of course, he wasn’t really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it’s a really cool moment. Both Hugh and Patrick were amazing."
Ouch. So why was the scene left in the cutting room floor? As the director puts it, it would have felt unnecessarily dark in a moment of rest for our main characters:
"The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many. Things go pretty shitty within seconds after that."
That's a very valid reason to leave such a scene behind. So, is there any chance we'll get to see this scene any time soon? Well...
"I think [the deleted scene] will make it to the Blu-ray.”
That's great news, considering those type of scenes in #superhero films constantly face the risk of never seeing the light of day. But there's more to this than just a cool abandoned story thread. It begs an important question.
What Exactly Happened To Jean Grey?
It's important to remember Charles was responsible for the death of the X-Men. This deleted scene would have revealed that Jean didn't die thanks to his powerful brain (which makes sense, when you consider both are strong telepaths).
Now, the revelation of Jean's fate might sound like nothing important if we go by the ending of X-Men: The Last Stand, where Logan had to kill his beloved teammate (and beloved, period) to free her from the Phoenix Force:
But the events of that film were erased in Days of Future Past. In that movie, it was revealed that in that particular new 2024 timeline, Jean is alive, well, and part of the #XMen. Logan takes place in the future of that new timeline. So what exactly went down to make Wolverine murder Jean?
We know the #DarkPhoenix storyline will be tackled in the upcoming Untitled X-Men with the younger cast of actors presented in Apocalypse. That means Jean's transformation happened thirty years prior to the events depicted in Days of Future Past. So, what good reason could Wolverine have for killing her in the future? Could she have had a second Phoenix transformation? Unfortunately, that's very tough to answer with no further evidence other than these comments.
- Post-Logan, Here's Your Definitive X-Men Movie Timeline
- Don't Worry X-Men Fans, Fox Has The Perfect Consultant To Cast The New Wolverine: Hugh Jackman
- Logan Just Took The Wolverine Franchise Past $1 Billion At The Box Office
Ultimately, yes, it was a #deletedscene but it's very intriguing to know that tidbit opened the doors for a potential storyline. As Mangold revealed in the interview when talking about revisiting the five-year gap between Days of Future Past and Logan:
“I gave them many escape valves. We take place in 2029, and 'X-Men: [Days of Future Past] ends in 2024. There’s five blank years there that are wide open to seeing how things got from here to there."
Considering just how perfectly the scene at the Munson's house was handled, I'm glad the #JeanGrey mention was cut out. It would have added unnecessary tension to Charles Xavier and Logan's relationship. However, knowing that such a detail was originally part of the film, it makes me hope that five-year period will be explored further down the line in the X-Men franchise.
Would you have liked this deleted scene to be part of Logan? Do you think the five-year gap between movies will be explored at some point? Let me know what you think in the comments!