“X-Men: Apocalypse” revised Wolverine’s role to confer Mystique spotlight in the film.
The original script had Hugh Jackman’s role present in the whole “X-Men: Apocalypse” scenes, as expected from his major role in the past X-Men films.
However, this time, it was changed to give chance to Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Mystique to be more exposed in the film.
Simon Kinberg, X-Men writer and producer, said in an interview with Cinema Blend, “There was always a notion that we wanted Wolverine to be in the movie. We wanted to find a way to feature him in the film, partly because Bryan [Singer] and I love Hugh [Jackman] so much.”
“We love the character, obviously, and he’s such a huge part of the franchise. There were a lot of interactions on how Wolverine would enter and exit the movie.”
“There was a version when he was going to come in at the midpoint of the film and be like the drill sergeant for the kids and take over as their leader.”
“And we felt like he stepped on Jen’s role in the movie in becoming their leader,” he added.
Kinberg also explained that he and Bryan Singer have been discussing how to get Wolverine into action and figured out how and what would be the outcome of the script with the new changes.
He continued, “As we were, again, conceptually brainstorming for the script, we knew that the kids were going to be abducted, or that a lot of our main characters were going to be abducted and taken somewhere.”
“So we thought it would be interesting to take them to Alkali Lake, and that they would naturally, potentially … that the Weapon X program would be there, and maybe that was a place to find Wolverine,” he mentioned.
Tech Insider reported that Bryan Singer advised the audience to put their full attention to how the cameo goes for Wolverine. He said it was already a hint on where the “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the rest of the “X-Men” franchise will go next.
Singer stated, “[Wolverine’s cameo] hints to a new sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of the new direction.”