It was recently announced that the upcoming Blu-ray release for Logan would contain a slew of extras, including an audio commentary, a nine-poster set found only in the Wal-Mart exclusive version, and several deleted scenes. One of these removed segments found its way online over the weekend. The sequence, which Fox has since blocked due to Copyright claims, shines more light on a character whose absence in the film surely didn’t go unnoticed by fans: Sabretooth.
The scene takes place after Logan has come into contact with the young mutants who managed to escape from Xander Rice’s labs. Bobby, who viewers will recognize as the child often seen carrying around a Wolverine action figure during the movie’s third act, is playing with a similar Sabretooth toy next to where Logan is recuperating. The boy accidentally wakes up Hugh Jackman’s character, and then asks him if Sabretooth was indeed real, an understandable question considering Logan made it clear to the children that most of what they had read or heard about the X-Men wasn’t true. He confirms to him that yes, Victor Creed was real, and recounts the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine when the two of them had undergone experimentation similar to what Bobby and the other kids endured.
The context of the deleted scene is very interesting given what ended up being the tone of Logan‘s final cut. The finished product, while starring X-Men alumni Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, felt very segregated from previous films in the series. This was not to the detriment of the story, however, given the commercial and critical success of the movie. James Mangold made a conscious decision to narrow down the focus of the film to the relationships between Logan, Xavier, and newcomer Dafne Keen’s Laura.
It also could have been removed after Mangold was unable to fit in a cameo for Sabretooth, much to the chagrin of Liev Schrieber. The actor wanted desperately to return, but was unable to due to scheduling conflicts. “It was very difficult given Ray Donovan’s schedule, and I think they went a different direction as well with story,” Schreiber said. “I think it’s a terrific movie. I’m just very proud of Hugh and the way that he handled himself with that franchise and that character.”
Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant. The film will come out on Blu-ray, 4K and Ultra HD on May 23, 2017, but fans can also check out Logan Noir, the black and white version of the film, in select theaters May 16.