For those excited to see Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse, prepare to be disappointed.
Bryan Singer’s latest iteration in the long running x-franchise X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters this weekend, and is poised to bring us a slew of mutants, both new and old. Jubilee, a fan favorite, was set to make her onscreen debut (not counting her non speaking cameo in X-Men: The Last Stand) in the 80s styled X-Men film, but sadly it appears we won’t be seeing much of her at all.
The film was cut down considerably before release, and apparently Jubilee didn’t make the cut. She has 1 or 2 lines of dialogue, and never gets a chance to display her powers.This is what Singer had to say on Jubilee’s absence in an interview with Fandango:
“We do have a moment where Jubilee uses her powers that you’ll see on the DVD. I wanted more Jubilee.”
This isn’t anything new for the X-Men franchise. Hell, it’s actually somewhat par of the course for the franchise. The last film, X-Men: Days of Future Past released an entire alternate cut of the film titled “The Rogue Cut” that was dedicated simply to adding the character of Rogue back into the film. Alas, it looks like won’t be getting a Jubilee cut:
“There will be no alternate cut of this movie. There will be nothing like the Rogue Cut or anything like that. I’m not a big fan of director’s cuts or extended editions, I never have been. In the case of Apocalypse, I removed what would be considered a conventional amount from the movie to protect what we call the collective experience of the feature theatrically. How it feels pace wise and movement wise.”
Now, I’m not bemoaning the loss of Jubilee in the film. I’m not a huge fan of Jubilee, but I feel this is indicative of one of the major problems I’ve always had with the X-Men franchise, and that’s its inability to balance characters. X-Men as a property has always worked best as a true ensemble, similar to The Avengers, where each character is given their due and act as well, fully formed characters.
With the X-Men franchise, Singer’s films in particular, they always seem to waste what all of the characters at their disposal. Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine, and now Mystique take the forefront and core focus of the films, while the rest of the X-Men are usually delegated to mere plot devices and action set pieces. Hell Colossus was in four separate X-men films, and he got more character establishment and development in Deadpool alone.
But it’s not just Colossus, it’s also Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and countless other characters. X-Men can and should be as big as The Avengers, but Fox and Singer have been unable to properly balance these characters and give them their due, and it doesn’t seem they’ve rectified that with X-Men: Apocalypse.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters this weekend.