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Warning: spoilers ahead for X-Men: Apocalypse
Although summer is upon us, the next big superhero movie of 2016 will take us back to school – Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, to be more precise. X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters this coming weekend, and with that in mind the film has begun to seriously ramp up its marketing campaign. A new TV spot has just been released, and it includes a fun little Nightcrawler scene not present in the final movie. Check it out below to see for yourself.
If you’re one of the few who has already seen X-Men: Apocalypse, you will note that the quick sequence at the beginning of the above TV spot does not actually occur in the final film. Taking place at a Westchester mall, the commercial shows Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) shrieking in pain as he sips on a smoothie in the food court with the other mutants. Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) tries to calm him down by explaining the phenomenon as a simple brain freeze, but Nightcrawler gets even more freaked out by the notion of his brain literally getting frozen.
While the scene does not make it into the final cut of X-Men: Apocalypse, we genuinely wish Bryan Singer has opted to include it. It’s a quick sequence that gives us as an audience more time to get to know the dynamic between these new mutants (but not the New Mutants) and explore the dynamic that will ultimately be fleshed out in future X-Men movies. These particular actors and characters will carry the franchise going forward, so it would be nice to see more of how they interact with one another when not fighting for their lives. The X-Men are in many ways a family, and this scene perfectly encapsulates that notion.
The scene also seems notable because it exemplifies Bryan Singer’s renewed commitment to the inclusion of humor to the X-Men franchise. Every installment in the series has included a strong degree of humor, but X-Men: Apocalypse could very well represent the funniest entry in the X-Men saga to date. Much of this has to do with Nightcrawler’s fish out of water humor, which wonderfully harkens back to Alan Cummings’ performance from 2003’s X2.
Even though the above scene did not make it into the final cut of X-Men: Apocalypse, we have a feeling that the "mall scene" will provide a ton of hilarious deleted sequences for the DVD special features. Be sure to check out the latest X-Men adventure when Apocalypse hits theaters this coming weekend on May 27.