If you are a fan of the original X-Men film trilogy, then you are already familiar with one of the franchise’s most complex love triangles. From the first movie, Jean Grey found herself bounced between Cyclops and Wolverine as the two men vied for her. Of course, the romance ended in tragedy as X-Men: The Last Stand saw Grey killed at the hands of Wolverine after she lost control of her destructive powers. However, the death was retconned with X-Men: Days of Future Past as the film’s timeline alterations negated the events of the third film.
While continuity has been difficult to follow for the X-Men films, fans did wonder what part Grey could have in Logan. After all, the final Wolverine standalone would put a lid on Hugh Jackman’s version of Logan and effectively end whatever relationship he may have had with the telepathic mutant. In the end, Grey received no mention in the bleak movie to the disappoint of some, but don’t worry. Apparently, the red-headed heroine was not forgotten entirely.
Speaking with Empire, the director of Logan confessed the film originally featured a scene where Logan and Professor Xavier spoke about Grey. James Mangold explained that the scene was shot and ultimately cut from Logan’s theatrical release.
“I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place. Mrs Munson asks Logan if he’s married, and Charles says he was – but he killed her. Of course, he wasn’t really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it’s a really cool moment. Both Hugh and Patrick were amazing,” Mangold said.
“The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather,” he continued. “Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many. Things go pretty shitty within seconds after that.”
Of course, fans will be curious to hear just what Professor Xavier had to say about his protege - and they will one day. After he spoke about the scene, Mangold hinted that audiences may yet see the conversation first-hand.
“I think [the deleted scene] will make it to the Blu-ray,” Mangold teased.
In 2029, the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins … In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold (The Wolverine) directed and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.