What Happened To The X-Men?

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If you haven’t seen the movie . . .  read no further.

 

So, all through the movie, I wondered if I’d missed a movie, because I didn’t remember the X-Men crew getting decimated and terminated. While I’m not an X-Men uber-fan, I do go and see the movies as they’re released. While there was no direct correlation between Professor X’s seizures and team’s demise, there were some vague hints to that point. But, because it was so vague and there was never a direct tie to the demise of the rest of the X-Men, you’re left scratching your head.

We have an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan and the villain played by Boyd Holbrook who plays Donald Pierce. He tells Logan that Professor Xavier’s brain has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction, because he now has either Alzheimers or dementia. In either case, both ailments are hard enough to deal with in people who don’t have incredible psychic abilities, and Professor X’s ailments rocks the world.

We do get further evidence later on in a radio broadcast that compares an incident that happened in Westchester, New York where the mansion and school were located. It states that 600 people were injured and the X-Men were killed. However, if you blinked or went to the bathroom, you’d miss that crucial detail (which I did), and my movie mate filled me in later.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Michael Green revealed that earlier versions of the script included flashbacks that would have shown us the incident in question but they ultimately decided to leave it out. Green explains why:

“It actually hits home a lot harder than the versions that really painted out specifically the flashback. Of course, there are versions we wrote that were never filmed with the actual flashback of what happened, but I’ve found the experience of watching it is far more poignant to just know that it was something really regrettable and it was bad and most likely, friends were lost. Or maybe it was people we didn’t know.”

With our main man Patrick Stewart adding: “Was it Logan? Was it Charles? It was probably Charles but he doesn’t know. He has no memory; he has no recollection. He has an instinct, an impulse, that something happened and it was bad.” Yep and yep! It was B A D.

As for director James Mangold, here’s why he decided to not include the flashback scene: “I wanted to make a movie less about information and more about character.”

There you have it. What do you think about the decision to leave that sequence out of the film? Was it the right move, or do you believe it should have been included in Logan?

 

(via THR)

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