This ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Deleted Scene Sounds Like It Would Have Been Great
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters tomorrow (technically tonight for you early birds), and you already have a pretty good idea of what you’re going to see in Bryan Singer’s latest X-sequel: bald James McAvoy, young versions of familiar mutants, an unrecognizable Oscar Isaac as the titular villain, etc. You’ve seen the trailers, you get it. But there’s at least one scene that we won’t get to see — at least not in the theater — and the way Bryan Singer describes it, it sounds like it could have been pretty fun.
On the Superhero Movie Fun Scale™, the X-Men franchise falls somewhere between the grim and gritty Batman v Superman and the consistently entertaining MCU. It definitely skews a little more serious, making it particularly disappointing to read about this deleted scene from X-Men: Apocalypse, which featured the X-Kids hanging out at the mall and being, you know, kids. Part of that scene (which is also in the trailers) did make it into the final cut, but as Singer tells Cinema Blend, it was originally longer:
There’s a much [longer version of that scene]. I did an entire montage of them hanging around the mall, going to record stores, going to an arcade that I named after my childhood arcade, Space Port, when I lived in New Jersey… The whole idea was to show them among people, and it was fun, it was set to music.
You may recall a photo that Sophie Turner shared from the film on Instagram, in which Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops and Turner’s Jean Grey are in a record store looking at a Dazzler LP. That scene and its cute little easter egg were part of the longer montage that didn’t make it into the film:
There’s one really fun beat where, well, she pointed it out, Sophie Turner – who is gorgeous – her strange resemblance to Boy George on the cover of this one album. So we literally have a scene, which you’ll see on the DVD, where Cyclops says, ‘Anyone ever tell you you look like this?’ (pretends to hold up a record). And she’s like, ‘Scott!’ It’s great. There’s a lot of sweet moments – one where Nightcrawler looks and people are just staring at him. There’s one where a guy just nods and smiles. And he’s like, ‘They don’t fear us!’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, because mutants live among us now.’
This sounds like a total blast, and honestly, I’d love to watch a teen X-Men film where their mutant powers take a backseat to hanging at the mall and goofing off. That’s definitely more fun than having to battle an ancient mutant villain who calls his sidekicks “the four horsemen.” Unfortunately, since most of Lana Condor’s screen time as Jubilee was in that mall sequence, the majority of her part has been cut from the film.
But hey, at least we’ll get to see it when X-Men: Apocalypse hits DVD and Blu-ray sometime this year.