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** Co-writer Simon Kinberg (who would then be writer/producer of the series starting with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') admitted [[http://screencrush.com/simon-kinberg-x-men-days-of-future-past/?trackback=tsmclip "There are a lot of things about 'X3' that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret"]], mostly regarding how ExecutiveMeddling forced the Dark Phoenix plot to get the short shift. Given that ''Film/DarkPhoenix'' is planned to be a [[TruerToTheText more faithful adaptation]] of the saga, and Kinberg is not only writing, but even personally directing that one, one could argue that the 2019 film is his way of trying to make up for what was missed the first time around.

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** Co-writer Simon Kinberg (who would then be writer/producer of the series starting with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') admitted [[http://screencrush.com/simon-kinberg-x-men-days-of-future-past/?trackback=tsmclip "There are a lot of things about 'X3' that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret"]], mostly regarding how ExecutiveMeddling forced the Dark Phoenix plot to get the short shift. Given that ''Film/DarkPhoenix'' is was planned to be a [[TruerToTheText more faithful adaptation]] of the saga, and Kinberg is not only writing, wrote, but even personally directing that one, directed, one could argue that the 2019 film is his way of trying to make up for what was missed the first time around.



* DeletedScene: Xavier's opening monologue.
* DyeingForYourArt: Kelsey Grammer's makeup as Beast, and Vinnie Jones in a muscle suit for Juggernaut. Cameron Bright also had to shave his hair daily, and pass makeup on the scalp (as Leech had to look more like a chemotherapy survivor than a shaven kid).

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* DeletedScene: Xavier's opening monologue.
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** A scene with Jimmy being tested in the laboratory.
** An alternate meeting between Beast and Wolverine.
** An extended fight at Jean Grey's house. Logan and Storm work together to knock out Juggernaut.
** An extended psychic battle between Charles and Jean.
** An alternate version of Bobby and Kitty skating.
** At Magneto's camp, Jean transforms a metal cup into an orb of destructive energy that begins harming the other mutants.
** A scene showing the manufacturing of plastic weapons.
** Beast phones Trask to try and warn him.
** Beast recites ''Theatre/HenryV'' before the team heads into battle.
** An alternate scene with the X-Men board their jet, Wolverine and Bobby have an extended argument, Beast also mentions keeping his old uniform.
** After Magneto moves the bridge to Alcatraz, Phoenix senses a scared little girl hiding in one of the cars.
** Magneto tries to get Phoenix to help his soldiers in the battle but she does nothing, saying that Magneto is giving orders like Charles used to do.
** During the battle Storm creates a massive wave of water, engulfing dozens of enemy mutants, she then electrifies the water knocking them out.
** A quick scene showing Beast breaking the neck of a mutant.
** Iceman freezes Phat, solidifying him and Colossus breaks him apart with a single punch.
** Magneto uses his power to torture Wolverine, before Beast appears to deliver the cure.
** An extended scene of Phoenix destroying Alcatraz.
** A scene where Storm, Bobby and Beast welcome new students.
** An alternate ending with Rogue returning to the school, telling Bobby that she couldn't go through with the cure.
** An alternate ending with Wolverine, returning to the Canadian bar from the first movie.
* DyeingForYourArt: Kelsey Grammer's Creator/KelseyGrammer's makeup as Beast, and Vinnie Jones Creator/VinnieJones in a muscle suit for Juggernaut. Cameron Bright also had to shave his hair daily, and pass makeup on the scalp (as Leech had to look more like a chemotherapy survivor than a shaven kid).



** Basically everything can be attributed to Fox not being willing to wait on Bryan Singer (he didn't have a full script, and went to accept the opportunity to make ''Film/SupermanReturns''), then setting up a May 2006 release date with less than eighteen months to do the whole thing and no script. Matthew Vaughn was eventually alienated by family issues and the studio's restrictions, and the writers could not use the Phoenix saga as much as they wanted given the executives only preferred the cure story (thus Jean barely has anything to do in the second act). Some mutants were also vetoed to make them appear in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' instead.

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** Basically everything can be attributed to Fox not being willing to wait on Bryan Singer Creator/BryanSinger (he didn't have a full script, and went to accept the opportunity to make ''Film/SupermanReturns''), then setting up a May 2006 release date with less than eighteen months to do the whole thing and no script. Matthew Vaughn Creator/MatthewVaughn was eventually alienated by family issues and the studio's restrictions, and the writers could not use the Phoenix saga as much as they wanted given the executives only preferred the cure story (thus Jean barely has anything to do in the second act). Some mutants were also vetoed to make them appear in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' instead.


* CastTheRunnerUp: Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo was originally going to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a rival to Dr. Kavita Rao, but after Vaughn left the project, she was recast as Rao herself.



** Co-writer Simon Kinberg (who would then be writer/producer in most X-Men starting with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') admitted [[http://screencrush.com/simon-kinberg-x-men-days-of-future-past/?trackback=tsmclip "There are a lot of things about 'X3' that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret"]], mostly regarding how ExecutiveMeddling forced the Dark Phoenix plot to get the short shift. Given that ''Film/DarkPhoenix'' is planned to be a [[TruerToTheText more faithful adaptation]] of the saga, and Kinberg is not only writing, but even personally directing that one, one could argue that the 2019 film is his way of trying to make up for what was missed the first time around.

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** Co-writer Simon Kinberg (who would then be writer/producer in most X-Men of the series starting with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') admitted [[http://screencrush.com/simon-kinberg-x-men-days-of-future-past/?trackback=tsmclip "There are a lot of things about 'X3' that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret"]], mostly regarding how ExecutiveMeddling forced the Dark Phoenix plot to get the short shift. Given that ''Film/DarkPhoenix'' is planned to be a [[TruerToTheText more faithful adaptation]] of the saga, and Kinberg is not only writing, but even personally directing that one, one could argue that the 2019 film is his way of trying to make up for what was missed the first time around.



** Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo was originally going to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a rival to Dr. Kavita Rao, but after Vaughn left the project, she was recast as Rao herself.


*** Creator/JossWhedon was offered to direct the movie, but turned it down in favor of writing and directing a ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which unfortunately never came through.]] Whedon would eventually get his shot at directing a Marvel film with ''Film/TheAvengers'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron.''

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*** Creator/JossWhedon was offered to direct the movie, but turned it down in favor of writing and directing a ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which unfortunately never came through.]] Whedon would eventually get his shot at directing a Marvel film with ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron.''


** Even Bryan Singer, who took no part in the film's production, has his own reasons to backlash against it: he has stated he repents bitterly having declined to direct the film, confessing that he realized his mistake "before I was watching it, during watching it, after watching it."

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** Even Bryan Singer, who took no part in the film's production, has his own reasons to backlash against it: he has stated he repents bitterly having declined to direct the film, confessing that he realized his mistake "before I was watching it, during watching it, after watching it."" Once he saw it - a bootleg copy instead of in theaters, no less - Singer was dissatisfied with the busy plot and excessive character deaths, but approved some parts, such as Leech and Shadowcat, with the latter even being brought back [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast once Singer returned]].


** Despite Creator/AlanCumming's discomfort with the prosthetic makeup, he was willing to return in this film as Nightcrawler, but he was written out due to Fox realising that it wasn't worthwhile to pay for the long and costly makeup process as the character's role in the film was going to be very minimal.

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** Despite Creator/AlanCumming's [[DyeingForYourArt discomfort with the prosthetic makeup, makeup]], he was willing to return in this film as Nightcrawler, but he was written out due to Fox realising that it wasn't worthwhile to pay for the long and costly makeup process as the character's role in the film was going to be very minimal.minimal (writer Simon Kinberg also noted the other blue mutant, Beast, took up most of what Nightcrawler could do plotwise).

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* FoilerFootage: For the ending, they filmed the "Bobby discovers Rogue" scene both ways. That is, one where she took the "mutant cure" and one where she didn't. The commentary said that a poll was taken on set about whether she should take the cure or not.


** While it was originally said that the main reason Singer left for ''Superman Returns'' was that he was a huge fan of Superman, there was actually another aspect to why Singer left. After the second movie, the studio had to negotiate a new deal with him and his team, which was standard practice. However, the story goes that Tom Rothman (who reportedly insisted the ''X-Men'' movies [[ItWillNeverCatchOn would be failures]] and [[SoreLoser didn't like being proven wrong]], to the point that ''Film/Deadpool2016'' infamously and gleefully took shots at him after being greenlighted years later) deliberately dragged it out -- much to the frustration of everyone else involved. Rivals at Warner Bros. noticed this and dangled the Superman movie in front of Singer in order to get him to jump ship. One story goes that when Rothman found out that Singer accepted the job to do ''Superman Returns'', he ordered security to kick him off the lot, then had to bring him back onto the lot a week later so Singer could shoot the pilot to ''Series/{{House}}''.

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** While it was originally said that the main reason Singer left for ''Superman Returns'' was that he was a huge fan of Superman, there was actually another aspect to why Singer left. After the second movie, the studio had to negotiate a new deal with him and his team, which was standard practice. However, the story goes that Tom Rothman (who reportedly insisted the ''X-Men'' movies [[ItWillNeverCatchOn would be failures]] and [[SoreLoser didn't like being proven wrong]], to the point that ''Film/Deadpool2016'' infamously and gleefully took shots at him after being greenlighted greenlit years later) later after he had left the company) deliberately dragged it out -- much to the frustration of everyone else involved. Rivals Fox's rivals at Warner Bros. noticed this and dangled the Superman movie in front of Singer in order to get him to jump ship. One story goes that when Rothman found out that Singer accepted the job to do ''Superman Returns'', he ordered security to kick him off the lot, then had to bring him back onto the lot a week later so Singer could shoot the pilot to ''Series/{{House}}''.


** Co-writer Simon Kinberg (who would then be writer/producer in most X-Men starting with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') admitted [[http://screencrush.com/simon-kinberg-x-men-days-of-future-past/?trackback=tsmclip "There are a lot of things about 'X3' that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret"]], mostly regarding how ExecutiveMeddling forced the Dark Phoenix plot to get the short shift. Given that ''Film/XMenDarkPhoenix'' is planned to be a [[TruerToTheText more faithful adaptation]] of the saga, and Kinberg is not only writing, but even personally directing that one, one could argue that the 2019 film is his way of trying to make up for what was missed the first time around.

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** Co-writer Simon Kinberg (who would then be writer/producer in most X-Men starting with ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') admitted [[http://screencrush.com/simon-kinberg-x-men-days-of-future-past/?trackback=tsmclip "There are a lot of things about 'X3' that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret"]], mostly regarding how ExecutiveMeddling forced the Dark Phoenix plot to get the short shift. Given that ''Film/XMenDarkPhoenix'' ''Film/DarkPhoenix'' is planned to be a [[TruerToTheText more faithful adaptation]] of the saga, and Kinberg is not only writing, but even personally directing that one, one could argue that the 2019 film is his way of trying to make up for what was missed the first time around.


** Creator/JasonFlemyng was considered to play [[ComicBook/BeastMarvelComics Beast]] before Creator/KelseyGrammer was cast. Flemyng would later go on to portray Azazel in ''Film/XMenFirstClass.''

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** Creator/JasonFlemyng was considered to play [[ComicBook/BeastMarvelComics Beast]] before Creator/KelseyGrammer was cast. Flemyng would later go on to portray be cast as Azazel in ''Film/XMenFirstClass.''



** Creator/MatthewVaughn was initially hired to direct the film and even made some casting choices and scenes, but dropped out at the last second due to family issues and CreativeDifferences. Vaughn would eventually go on to direct ''Film/XMenFirstClass.''
*** Creator/JossWhedon was offered to direct the movie, but turned it down in favor of writing and directing a ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which unfortunately never came through.]] Whedon would get his shot at directing a Marvel film with ''Film/TheAvengers'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron.''

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** Creator/MatthewVaughn was initially hired to direct the film and even made some casting choices and scenes, but dropped out at the last second due to family issues and CreativeDifferences. Vaughn would eventually later go on to direct ''Film/XMenFirstClass.''
*** Creator/JossWhedon was offered to direct the movie, but turned it down in favor of writing and directing a ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which unfortunately never came through.]] Whedon would eventually get his shot at directing a Marvel film with ''Film/TheAvengers'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron.''


** The scene with Bobby and Kitty ice skating on the frozen pond after [[spoiler:Xavier's funeral]] originally ended with them kissing. The kiss was dropped because several members of the production crew were disturbed by it, since (as stated on the DVD) Creator/ShawnAshmore looked much older than Creator/EllenPage.

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** The scene with Bobby and Kitty ice skating on the frozen pond after [[spoiler:Xavier's funeral]] originally ended with them kissing. The kiss was dropped because several members of the production crew were disturbed by it, since (as stated on the DVD) Creator/ShawnAshmore Shawn Ashmore looked much older than Creator/EllenPage.


** After Creator/BryanSinger declined to direct, a long string of directors were contacted. Creator/JossWhedon was approached to direct, but turned down the offer in favor of writing and directing a Franchise/WonderWoman movie that never came through; Creator/ZackSnyder was considered too, but his schedule with ''Film/ThreeHundred'' prevented it; and they also called Creator/AlexProyas, but he told them to go to hell, because the TroubledProduction of ''Film/IRobot'' had soured his relationship with Fox. Creator/MatthewVaughn eventually signed up and made some casting choices and scenes, but he dropped out at the last second due to CreativeDifferences and family issues. Finally Brett Ratner (who had been once considered to direct the first ''X-Men'' film) was put into the project thanks to his experience in making profitable films out of rushed productions.

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** After Creator/BryanSinger declined to direct, a long string Creator/SummerGlau auditioned for the part of directors were contacted. Comicbook/KittyPryde before Creator/EllenPage was cast. Funnily enough, Glau asked Creator/JossWhedon was approached to direct, but for advice on the character without knowing he had written ''Comicbook/AstonishingXMen'' #5 and her audition script turned down out to be pages from the offer in favor of writing and directing a Franchise/WonderWoman movie that never came through; Creator/ZackSnyder comic.
** Creator/JasonFlemyng
was considered too, to play [[ComicBook/BeastMarvelComics Beast]] before Creator/KelseyGrammer was cast. Flemyng would later go on to portray Azazel in ''Film/XMenFirstClass.''
** Creator/JoshHolloway was offered the role of Comicbook/{{Gambit}} while he was still a major part of the script. However, Holloway turned it down due to the part being too similar to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Sawyer Ford]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}.''
** [[Series/UnderTheDome Mike Vogel]] was originally cast as Angel,
but his schedule had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/ThreeHundred'' prevented it; and they ''Film/{{Poseidon}}.'' Interestingly, Vogel was also called Creator/AlexProyas, the runner-up to portray Comicbook/CaptainAmerica in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo was originally going to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a rival to Dr. Kavita Rao,
but he told them to go to hell, because after Vaughn left the TroubledProduction of ''Film/IRobot'' had soured his relationship with Fox. project, she was recast as Rao herself.
**
Creator/MatthewVaughn eventually signed up was initially hired to direct the film and even made some casting choices and scenes, but he but dropped out at the last second due to CreativeDifferences and family issues. Finally Brett Ratner (who had been once issues and CreativeDifferences. Vaughn would eventually go on to direct ''Film/XMenFirstClass.''
*** Creator/JossWhedon was offered to direct the movie, but turned it down in favor of writing and directing a ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'' movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which unfortunately never came through.]] Whedon would get his shot at directing a Marvel film with ''Film/TheAvengers'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron.''
*** Creator/PeterBerg and Creator/ZackSnyder were also approached to direct the film with the latter declining the offer in order to helm ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
*** Creator/DarrenAronofsky, [[Film/{{Elektra}} Rob Bowman]], Creator/AlexProyas, and Creator/JohnMoore were
considered to direct the first ''X-Men'' film) movie as well before Creator/BrettRatner was put into the project thanks to his experience in making profitable films out of rushed productions.hired.



** In Bryan Singer's plan for the film, Cyclops and Jean would have been the center, and they would have been entangled in a three-way war for Phoenix's control between the X-Men, the Brotherhood of Mutants and the Hellfire Club. The last of those would have been directed by an older ComicBook/EmmaFrost (played by Creator/SigourneyWeaver), while the first one would have added ComicBook/{{Gambit}} (Creator/KeanuReeves) and Dazzler (Northern Irish-Canadian country singer Beverley Mahood) as new members. Similarly, Creator/KellyHu would have possibly returned as Lady Deathstrike, who would have been revealed to be alive after the events of the previous film. At the end, Jean would have committed suicide to save them all by telekinetically forcing Scott to look at her and then removing his visor, and after her death she would have turned into a divine being a la ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.

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** In Bryan Singer's Creator/BryanSinger's plan for the film, Cyclops and Jean would have been the center, and they would have been entangled in a three-way war for Phoenix's control between the X-Men, the Brotherhood of Mutants and the Hellfire Club. The last of those would have been directed by an older ComicBook/EmmaFrost (played by Creator/SigourneyWeaver), while the first one would have added ComicBook/{{Gambit}} (Creator/KeanuReeves) and Dazzler (Northern Irish-Canadian country singer Beverley Mahood) as new members. Similarly, Creator/KellyHu would have possibly returned as Lady Deathstrike, who would have been revealed to be alive after the events of the previous film. At the end, Jean would have committed suicide to save them all by telekinetically forcing Scott to look at her and then removing his visor, and after her death she would have turned into a divine being a la ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.



** Creator/SummerGlau auditioned for the role of Kitty Pryde. Funnily enough, she asked for advice to her usual director Creator/JossWhedon without knowing he had written ''Astonishing X-Men'' No. 5 - guess what audition material he gave her to use.
** Creator/JasonFlemyng auditioned for Beast, presumably when Creator/MatthewVaughn was attached. He would later play Azazel in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
** Shohreh Aghdashloo was originally going to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a rival to Dr. Kavita Rao, but after Vaughn left the project, she was recast as Rao herself.



** Despite Alan Cumming's discomfort with the prosthetic makeup, he was willing to return in this film as Nightcrawler, but he was written out due to Fox realising that it wasn't worthwhile to pay for the long and costly makeup process as the character's role in the film was going to be very minimal.

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** Despite Alan Cumming's Creator/AlanCumming's discomfort with the prosthetic makeup, he was willing to return in this film as Nightcrawler, but he was written out due to Fox realising that it wasn't worthwhile to pay for the long and costly makeup process as the character's role in the film was going to be very minimal.



** The scene with Bobby and Kitty ice skating on the frozen pond after [[spoiler:Xavier's funeral]] originally ended with them kissing. The kiss was dropped because several members of the production crew were disturbed by it, since (as stated on the DVD) Shawn Ashmore looked much older than Creator/EllenPage.

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** The scene with Bobby and Kitty ice skating on the frozen pond after [[spoiler:Xavier's funeral]] originally ended with them kissing. The kiss was dropped because several members of the production crew were disturbed by it, since (as stated on the DVD) Shawn Ashmore Creator/ShawnAshmore looked much older than Creator/EllenPage.

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* DeletedScene: Xavier's opening monologue.


* CastingGag:
** Former soccer player Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, whose ''American football'' design is deliberately played up with his "unstoppable" mutant power.
** In Bryan Singer's original vision for adapting the Dark Phoenix saga, he was going to cast Creator/SigourneyWeaver as the White Queen. The White Queen and her Massachusetts Academy were often depicted as an antagonist of X-Man Kitty Pryde (both of whom were introduced during the Dark Phoenix Saga) during the 1980s. And when Kitty Pryde was created, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed she was explicitly drawn to resemble]]....Sigourney Weaver. ''Uncanny X-Men'' issue #143 even highlights this by being an extended homage to Weaver's then-current starmaking role in ''{{Film/Alien}}''.

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* TroubledProduction: Mostly troubled pre-production, as Creator/BryanSinger didn't sign, his replacement Creator/MatthewVaughn left because he wouldn't have enough time and creative freedom, and the script was meddled with by the studio; during filming, the worst was the original cinematographer jumping ship after just one week, and Brett Ratner being hostile to Ellen Page. And to fit the tight schedule, Ratner had to "begin post-production the day I started shooting," sending the scenes he had just filmed to his editors.


* ActorAllusion: For the FBI agent who interrogates Mystique, it should have been a cakewalk compared to [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter.]]

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