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Logan might stand out as its own film, not needing or wanting to include parts of the X-Men franchise that didn’t serve the story, but it turns out we were pretty close to getting a rather depressing ode to the Phoenix herself.

In an interview with Empire, director James Mangold chatted about drawing up early versions of the Munson house dinner scene. Mangold said it originally had a moment where Logan somberly discussing his dead “wife,” by which he means Jean Grey. Mangold said the scene was well-acted, but they ultimately decided to cut it so the lone bright light in an otherwise dark film wouldn’t be dimmed. After all, that scene is a chance for the characters (and the audience) to stop and take a breath.

“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. 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. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many.”

Mangold said the scene will likely end up on the Blu-Ray, which might also include a black and white version of the movie. And we’ll definitely get to see Sophie Turner’s take on the character again, as she confirmed last month that the next X-Men film will start filming soon.

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[Empire]