Late last month, actress Sophie Turner posted an intriguing still from X-Men: Apocalypse on her personal Instagram page. The image showcased Turner as Jean Grey standing with Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops in a record store, showing off a fictional LP from the Marvel Comics mutant Dazzler. The picture got a lot of attention, but it should be known that this scene isn’t actually in the finished movie. Instead, it’s part of a mall sequence that sadly didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film.

What was in this mall sequence? Why did it get cut? These are questions fans may find themselves asking coming out of X-Men: Apocalypse, but the good news is that we have the answers for you. When I recently had the opportunity to sit down with director Bryan Singer, he told me all about the deleted scene and why you’ll have to wait until the movie is on Blu-ray to see it for yourselves:

X-Men: Apocalypse
What’s In The Deleted Mall Scene
In the movie, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jubilee (Lana Condor) all journey out for a day at the mall, and while there are parts of the longer sequence still in the theatrical cut, Bryan Singer says there is a lot more fun that was cut together into a montage of sorts. A TV spot has already revealed that the group of young mutants make a stop for some cold drinks (which wind up giving Nightcrawler some distressing brain freeze), but there’s a whole lot more to it than just that. Said the director,
There’s a much [longer version of that scene]. I did an entire montage of them hanging around the mall, going to record stores, going to an arcade that I named after my childhood arcade, Space Port, when I lived in New Jersey… The whole idea was to show them among people, and it was fun, it was set to music.

In his description of the sequence, Bryan Singer also went as far as to describe two of the specific beats - including a humorous moment in the record store not involving the Dazzler album:
There’s one really fun beat where, well, she pointed it out, Sophie Turner – who is gorgeous – her strange resemblance to Boy George on the cover of this one album. So we literally have a scene, which you’ll see on the DVD, where Cyclops says, ‘Anyone ever tell you you look like this?’ (pretends to hold up a record). And she’s like, ‘Scott!’ It’s great. There’s a lot of sweet moments – one where Nightcrawler looks and people are just staring at him. There’s one where a guy just nods and smiles. And he’s like, ‘They don’t fear us!’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, because mutants live among us now.’

Do you read about this fun sequence and find yourself really wishing that it wound up in the movie? Well, head to the next page, and you’ll understand from Bryan Singer’s perspective why it just didn’t fit in X-Men: Apocalypse and needed to be excised.

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