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Marvel’s Rogue Was Almost In The Wolverine… Sorta.

Apparently, there was an early version of the script where Rogue makes an appearance in The Wolverine! But wait, doesn’t that movie take place in Japan? How does that work?

Well, dear readers, hit the jump to find out!

Mark Bomback, one of the writers on The Wolverine, outlined an idea where the old man in the movie had a power similar to Rogue’s, and likewise had a white stripe in his hair. Obviously the idea didn’t go through, apparently because “Eventually it became very goofy… I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool.”

Bomback feels strongly about Rogue’s character– particularly the mechanics of her power and what that implies for the character.

I love Rogue and I just think that there’s something about this idea that Rogue is tremendously empathetic but incapable of safe human contact. That always moved me and I thought that’s what really got to the heart of what makes the X-Men franchise so unique…

So why toss her into The Wolverine?

It’s no accident to me that in the first X-Men film the first two mutants that you really see who have a connection are Wolverine and Rogue. There’s something special between them, so I was trying to bring Rogue into it, but it just didn’t get there. I regretted there wasn’t a way to figure it out, but when I look at the film now, it would have stuck out if we tried to shoehorn her in there just because it was another character from the universe.

I think leaving her out was ultimately a wise choice, but no need to fear– Rogue will be making an appearance in Days of Future Past, so this is by no means the last time we’ll be seeing her with the rest of the X-Men on the big screen.

(via Empire)

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  • Brittany K

    It would’ve been cool to have had Rogue in this movie but I’m glad they didn’t just shove her in when she obviously didn’t fit.

  • Claudia Gray

    It’s true Rogue wouldn’t have fit in the movie as a full-fledged player – but it might have been fun to have a cameo or two, maybe at the beginning; I could believe that Logan would stop communicating with the X-Men generally but still check in with Rogue from time to time. (Also, as long as they’re acknowledging X3′s plot line, Rogue’s appearance might have been a way to show that the Cure was temporary and Xavier is known to be alive again — two BIG points that might have been good to clarify before diving into DOFP. A quick meeting with/call from Rogue could have touched on those without disrupting the overall plot of “The Wolverine.”

  • ACF

    “doesn’t that movie take place in Japan? How does that work?”

    It’s the 21st century. Japan’s not that hard to get to.

  • Anonymous

    There is no Wolverine-Rogue relationship to speak of in the comics so they were going to use Xmovieverse’s Rogue, definitely not Marvel’s Rogue. Most likely what they wanted was to shoehorn Anna Paquin in because of the True Blood fame she got since then.

  • Nick Gaston

    While I have to say that Singer and Paquin’s “Rogue as shell-shocked, unsuited for combat waif” was an artistically valid and interesting interpretation of the character, it may not have been the best long-term character choice for a superhero action movie franchise.

    That said, I’d be more interested in seeing how they could bring her back into the movies WITHOUT just saying “oops, the cure wore off.”

  • frodobatmanvader

    Uh, alternate realities caused by time travel? (Combined with Rogue now regretting her decision… for some… reason…)

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  • Infophile

    I’m guessing you didn’t stay for the after-the-credits scene. Both the fact that the Magneto (why do I keep spelling that “Magenta”?) has his powers back and that Professor X is alive were revealed there.

  • Claudia Gray

    Yes, of course I saw that scene – which did show those things but did nothing to explain how any of it happened. Not that they need to get bogged down in that stuff, but IMO a little background info would not go amiss.