X-Men: Apocalypse Deleted Scenes & Alternate Concepts Explained



Earlier this week, a video debuted that broke down all of the Easter Eggs and comic book references in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, just days after it hit theaters. As this superhero adventure heads into its second weekend in theaters, yet another video has surfaced, showing fans what could have been. This video breaks down some of the deleted scenes and alternate concepts that were ultimately discarded before the movie hit theaters. Of course, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.

This new video comes from the Mr. Sunday Movies YouTube channel, which reveals a few scenes that may seem familiar, for those who have been following the movie all the way through production. Some of the first set photos released when production got under way in Montreal revealed a group of young mutants coming out of a screening of the 1983 classic Return of the Jedi. While it wasn’t seen in the movie itself, there was an 80s montage that showed the mutants visiting a record store, which featured a Dazzler Easter Egg, while Jubilee (Lana Condor) is seen showing off her “sparkly powers.” It should be noted that director Bryan Singer has confirmed that most of Jubilee‘s scenes have been cut from the movie altogether.

We also saw one of these deleted scenes in one of the TV spots, where Nightcrawler gets a “brain freeze.” We also see an alternate design of Apocalypse, that was designed by a company named Ironhead Studios, that ultimately wasn’t chosen. This video also reveals that, in earlier versions of the script, Professor X (James McAvoy) was originally set to be the fourth Horseman, before they added Psylocke (Olivia Munn) to the story. Mr. Sunday also breaks down Wolverine’s extended role, which we previously reported about, but it was cut because the filmmakers thought it was taking away from Jennifer Lawrence’s leadership role as Mystique.

X-Men: Apocalypse took in $65.7 million in its three-day opening weekend, and $79.8 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday. That mark was much lower than 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opened with $90.8 million en route to $233.9 million domestic, but it was higher than 2011’s X-Men: First Class, which opened with $55.1 million en route to a domestic total of $146.4 million. We’ll have to wait and see how X-Men: Apocalypse fares in its second weekend, where it goes up against Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Me Before You.

After Wolverine 3 hits theaters next year, we aren’t quite sure what X-Men movie will debut next. 20th Century Fox is getting ready to shoot Gambit later this year, with Deadpool 2 also rumored to shoot this fall. The studio is developing The New Mutants, and producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed that the next X-Men movie will be set in the 1990s, but there isn’t much more we know about the future of this franchise. While we wait for more details to come in, take a look at this video that breaks down all of the deleted scenes and alternate concepts in X-Men: Apocalypse. We’re not sure these would have made the movie any better. But we think Deadpool might have. Sadly. he’s not mentioned here at all.