One of the many odd/frustrating things about the curiously misfiring X-Men: Apocalypse was the way it introduced Jubilee then did sod all with her. On the DVD/Blu-ray commentary director Bryan Singer does promise that he has plans to use her more in future X-Men movies but maybe the better plan would have been to make Apocalypse a good enough movie to make sure there will be more X-Men films for her to appear in – it hardly set the box office alight.
In the theatrical version Jubilee didn’t even use her powers. That’s rectified (albeit very briefly) in this deleted scene that’ll be on the Blu-ray and DVD. This “mall montage” with the new young X-Men going shopping (back by “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats) is actually a lot of fun, though it could do with some tightening up in editing. It’s a shame it wasn’t in the film but on the other hand, it would have been just another in a patchwork of serial set-pieces that didn’t hang together.
Other things we learned from the commentary and extra features were:
- The post credit sequence is (as suspected) definitely a prologue to the new Wolverine film and the mention of Essex Corp therefore virtually confirms that Mister Sinister will be in that film
- The woman in Stan Lee’s cameo is his wife
- Psylocke’s costume was made by a fetish shop in Los Angeles.
- When Charles peers into Jean’s mind at the start of the movie and shares her dream, one of the images is actually stock footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Bryan Singer cameos as a soldier shooting Wolverine in the face.
Also, Singer heavily hints that the next X-Men film could feature aliens and the fiery Phoenix again – is he contemplating a second attempt at the “Death Of Phoenix” storyline (in which Phoenix is put on trial but an alien race)?