This Article Contains Spoilers For X-Men: Apocalypse! You've Been Warned!
With the torch passing to the next generation of mutants, X-Men: Apocalypse promised a lot of action for Tye Sheridan's Cyclops, Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, and Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler. But one young mutant didn't get much time to shine: Lana Condor's Jubilee.
Jubilee has a background presence in several of the previous X-Men films. In 2000's X-Men, a deleted scene featuring Katrina Florece's version talked to Rogue and Kitty Pryde. In X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, Kea Wong played the character. Jubilee's role was a bit more noteworthy in the novelization of X2, where she acts as a mentor figure for the other students. Interestingly enough, Jubilee almost made an appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past too — check out this concept art, based on Jamie Chung!
It seems that fans have weighed in on the X-Men franchise. Olivia Munn apparently landed her role thanks to some awesome fan art depicting her as Psylocke.
Marketing made the character of Jubilee look far more prominent in X-Men: Apocalypse. In fact, incredibly, Fox went so far as to publicly discuss changing her powerset — they made her the "mistress of electricity." Here's the catch: If you go to X-Men: Apocalypse expecting Jubilee to play a role of any significance, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. You don't even see her using your powers, so I don't really understand why the powerset was redesigned!
The explanation comes from an image teased by Sophie Turner in April.
It's clearly an extension of the scenes where Cyclops, Jean, Jubilee and Nightcrawler have headed off to have some fun in the city. Surprisingly, this moment never happened in the film. What's more, one of the TV spots has shown another cut scene from the young mutants' excursion.
I think it's pretty clear the teenagers originally spent some time at the mall, but those scenes were cut. Lana Condor's Jubilee presumably had a much bigger presence in the film's first part, but never made it out of the editing room.
As a Jubilee fan, I admit I'm disappointed. Sure, I know Jubilee isn't exactly powerful, but I first got into the X-Men through the classic '90s animated series. Jubilee's role there was to be the newbie, introducing viewers to a world of mutant madness. As a result, Jubilee holds a special place in my heart.
Still, there's always the next film. Based in the 1990s, if any film has to give Jubilee a greater role, surely it's this one!