Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has long been the lynchpin of the “X-Men” film universe, appearing in effectively every single film to date including the most recent release “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Jackman’s role in the film is effectively a cameo, albeit a longer on than his one in “X-Men: First Class.” and it’s a fairly brutal sequence where a lot of blood flows.
It turns out though his scene was originally much larger. Talking with Cinema Blend, the film’s writer/producer Simon Kinberg that originally they had the mutant going to end up leading the next generation of X-Men into battle against Apocalypse:
“There was always a notion that we wanted Wolverine to be in the movie. We wanted to find a way to feature him in the film, partly because Bryan [Singer] and I love Hugh [Jackman] so much. We love the character, obviously, and he’s such a huge part of the franchise. There were a lot of iterations of how Wolverine would enter and exit the movie. There was a version when he was going to come in at the midpoint of the film and be like the drill sergeant for the kids and take over as their leader. And we felt like that stepped on Jen’s role in the movie and becoming their leader.”
Instead the role was decreased significantly, in order to give Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique more screen time. How many of the key cast will return for subsequent “X-Men” films is unclear at this point.