Fans Almost Saw Professor Xavier do THAT in ‘Logan’s’ Opening Scene
Warning! The content below contains spoilers for Logan.
If you’re reading this, its too late; spoilers ahead. And if you haven’t seen Logan yet, what are you waiting for! Director James Mangold spoke to MovieFone about how his original vision of what went down in Westchester would have translated on the big screen.
“The idea was- all (or most of) the X-Men were dead. And that Charles had accidentally killed them,”
James went on to say:
“I had an opening where Logan comes into [Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters] and finds that a tragedy has occurred. He would have found certain X-Men, and, Charles at the center of it.”
There you have it. The occurrence that wiped out most of the X-Men was originally intended to be shown on screen. Instead, viewers saw it vaguely mentioned twice in the film only to be interrupted by the death of Charles Xavier. Pow, right in the feels. However, there was beauty to this event not being shown but spoken of and alluded to. James then went into detail about his decision to cut it.
“The more I drilled into it, the more it turned into feeling like a standard X-Men movie…The point here would be to say just enough to understand what the characters are feeling. But not enough that you open up the gates of the kind of expositional madness that is part of the comic book [movie] world.”
Can’t help but agree. One of the many things that made Logan standout amongst the rest of the X-Men movies was the lack of X-Men and the tone that comes with it. In the end, the movie still stayed true to who Logan is: a hero and one of the X-Men.
What do you think, should Mangold have put the scene into the movie? Or was it better just hearing about it? Let us know in the comments!
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