Wait, there was almost ANOTHER X-Men cameo in The Wolverine?

Though there are more than a few connections to the original trilogy, The Wolverine is pretty much entirely about Logan’s journey — but did you know it almost featured another member of the X-Men in a supporting role?

Yes, we all know about Jean Grey’s (Famke Janssen) awesome little cameos that help tie it all together, but it turns out Rogue (Anna Paquin) was a fairly large part of the equation when the script was first being written.

Wolverine and Rogue shared a pretty tight bond in the first three films, and co-writer Mark Bomback revealed in a chat with Creative Screenwriting that he tried very hard to find a way to bring them together again. So why didn’t it work? Mostly because there was no organic way to fit Rogue into the Japan-set storyline.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

"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 I was trying to do something with Rogue in the script. I even had a set of ideas that the old man possessed a version of Rogue’s power and that was going to be indicated by a white stripe in his hair. Eventually it became very goofy, and I threw it out because I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool.

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."

After seeing the movie, we’d have to agree that it’d have been a stretch to cram Rogue in there, though the change to give the old man a mutation like hers could’ve been interesting. Convoluted, but interesting.

What do you think? Does it work better as-is, or was Wolverine missing a little Rogue?

(Via Comic Book Movie)