The Nightcrawler Scene That Was Cut Out Of X-Men: Apocalypse

We have only a few days left until Bryan Singer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse blasts into theaters. With so many new elements about to be introduced into the X-Men mythos, it seems like Apocalypse could represent the biggest step forward for the franchise in a very long time. Much of this has to do with the next class of Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and their uniquely bizarre personalities. One of the most notable additions to the series is Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler, but not all of his best scenes will apparently make it into the movie.


During a recent interview with Collider, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg revealed one particularly funny Nightcrawler scene that regretfully wound up cut from the film:

…What [the movie] did have that I miss desperately, and it will be on the DVD I’m sure, was a moment when Nightcrawler, there’s like a group of breakdancers in the mall, and Nightcrawler starts breakdancing.


Although we haven’t seen this deleted scene, its description fits perfectly within the nature of the Nightcrawler we have come to know and love. Kodi Smit-McPhee’s performance gives the character a very fish-out-of-water feeling, and his wide-eyed enthusiasm for new experiences leads to a ton of great laughs in the final cut of the film. We would have loved to see him breakdancing in a mall and using his agility to get down to some awesome 1980s hip hop, but now it seems as though that will have to wait for the DVD release of the film.


It seems that because X-Men: Apocalypse is such a big movie, much of the fun "mall scenes" featuring the newest additions to the cast ultimately had to be cut for the sake of the film’s run time. We recently reported on another hilarious deleted scene featured in the marketing campaign that won’t make it into the final film. This particular scene also featured Nightcrawler at the mall, suffering from a brain freeze caused by a smoothie in the food court.


It’s still incredibly early, but we can clearly tell that this character will provide Deadpool-level laughs for the main X-Men films going forward. He has all of the awkward innocence of Alan Cumming's take on the character from X2, but with the added bonus of being a misunderstood, pubescent mutant who has no real understanding of the outside world.


There’s never been a better time for die-hard fans of FOX’s misunderstood Marvel heroes. The X-Men universe has really started to evolve in recent years, and we cannot wait to see where this new generation of mutants takes it. X-Men: Apocalypse will finally hit theaters on May 27.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.