The following contains spoilers for Logan. You have been warned!

What happened in Westchester? It's a driving question of Logan, a question that fans of Wolverine and the X-Men are discussing coming out of the movies, because it likely means that Professor X -- suffering from a debilitating brain erosion -- lost control of his powers and killed the X-Men. We hear snippets of a news report when Charles (Patrick Stewart) and Logan (Hugh Jackman) are leaving the Oklahoma City casino where Charles had another seizure. But as we're now learning, we almost SAW the infamous Westchester incident in Logan's opening scene.

James Mangold was opening up about that scene, which he eventually kept off camera, in a recent interview with ComingSoon, and in that conversation, he confirmed that Logan almost opened with the Westchester meltdown, but was removed for very good reasons. Mangold said:

Yeah, I wrote that scene. I wrote it, and at one point, it was even the first scene in the movie. [But] it ... made the movie about that. It was really interesting. It suddenly made the movie about X-Men dying, as opposed to allowing the movie to be a kind of unwinding onion, like allowing you to kind of enter the story and go, 'Where is this going?' It was so large and loomed so large, and I felt like it also was still falling into the formula of the movies, with the big opener, that is setting up the mythology first. I thought, 'What if we do an opener that leans into character first? Actually underplay those things?' Let them just feel like it's more like a... normal thing.

As you know, Logan instead opens with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) getting car-jacked by a gang of thugs. He warns them to leave his car alone, but they shoot him in the chest. Now he's angry. Forced to protect the car -- it's his livelihood, after all -- Logan must fight the guys off, in grisly fashion. It's a stellar opening, one that clearly announces the R rating through the use of violence, bloodshed and salty language. And it's a cooler opening, more in tune with the rest of Logan, than a battle-heavy "Death of the X-Men" opening would have been.

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In a separate interview, Logan screenwriter Scott Frank opened up to CinemaBlend about the process of coming up with the Westchester Incident scene, and different ways they thought about using it. Read on to see what his thoughts on the matter are.

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