Prior to the theatrical release of X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer talked at length about one of his favorite scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor of this prequel(ish) threequel. In a previous interview with Fandango, Singer stated:
"There was also a significant moment that sadly I had to cut. When they’re moving through the mall and Nightcrawler remarks about the other people that 'they don’t fear us.' And he thinks the mall is this paradise, and that was my homage to Moscow on the Hudson, when Robin Williams came over to America during the height of the Cold War and saw a Bloomingdales and thought it was a temple. But no, it was just an ‘80s mall!"
One of the major consequences of cutting this scene was that it sidelined the character of Jubilee — someone whose role was already marginalized enough, given how much she was advertised and how little she was actually in the film. Another consequence of the scene getting cut was that we never really got a chance to see the teenagers actually be teenagers out in the wild.
On the whole, the scene is an overly-indulgent homage to the ‘80s, but it’s a rather sweet one nonetheless, and I’m a bit sad we didn’t take this little detour in the finished film. But luckily for us, the scene has hit the web, and it’s here for you to see in all its glory.
Check it out:
In addition to that long sequence, Twitter user DavidPercevals posted an extended scene — one that also gives Jubilee a few extra lines. All in all, I can see why this one was cut. It truly adds nothing to the table.
You can check that out below.
What do you think? Are you disappointed that neither of these scenes made it into the finished cut of X-Men: Apocalypse, or was Singer right to give them the axe? Let us know your thoughts down below!
X-Men: Apocalypse is available digitally, and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on October 4, 2016.