Though fans we're pretty eager to hear rumors last year that Ryan Reynold's Merc with a Mouth would be making his way into Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine solo, Logan, the two camps quickly squashed the reports the day after they started spreading. Now, the film's director reveals how an entire scene of cameos was cut off from the highly anticipated mutant movie.
Speaking in an interview with We Got This Covered during the press day for Logan, director James Mangold decided to open up about the topic of cameos in the Wolverine film. It turns out that the filmmaker had an entire railroad of mutant cameos planed out for Logan, only to cut it from the film after deciding that it would impinge on the film's lonely tone.
"There were times early on in the story where I played with the idea of Hugh coming along, and I don't want to give away anything, but I played with there being an underground railroad where there were a couple of other mutants that he met on the journey. It always seemed to detract from the loneliness of the story though and became a kind of cameo.
Still, there was always a curiosity. I'm so cautious of it though, despite how much fans want it to happen. You find these moments where you're trying to please people and write these scenes where they'll bump into somebody but it always just seems like an awkward cameo unless you can make it fit organically and the character is integral to the story."
While fans may feel like it's shame how Mangold decided to cut out cameos in Logan, it seems pretty reasonable for the director to do so. If a mutant appearance interrupts with the film's cohesiveness, then it's better that the mutant isn't there at all.
Logan hits cinemas on March 3 this year.