The first deleted scene from the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” home release shows a young Jean Grey with a bow and arrow, testing her powers as a mutant telepath and as an archer.
The outtake, which was posted to Buzzfeed’s Facebook page, harkens back to an onset Instagram post that showed director Bryan Singer teaching actress Sophie Turner how to shoot a bow and arrow. A GQ Scene segment leading up to the release of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” had the young actress—who also plays Sansa Stark on the HBO series “Game of Thrones”—demonstrating her prowess (or lack thereof) at archery. But her teased ability never made it into the film’s theatrical cut.
It’s somewhat ironic that Turner learned archery for the sci-fi/superhero X-Men instalment after so many seasons on "Game of Thrones," a series that is known for its swordplay and arrow-slinging. But the ladylike Sansa is not the one taking up arms on the HBO hit, the handling of weapons is usually left up to her younger and feistier sister Arya, portrayed by Maisie Williams.
The clip shows Michael Fassbender’s Professor Charles Xavier welcoming future Cyclops, Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) to the School for the Gifted. “It doesn’t exactly feel like a gift,” says the teenager with the bandaged eyes. “It never does at first,” replies Professor X, who then takes Scott and brother Alex (Lucas Till) on a tour of the grounds.
We then see Jean aiming a bow and arrow at a target before diverting her aim away from it and toward a group of her classmates. She then directs the arrow to its intended destination with her telekinetic abilities while the wheelchair-bound Xavier explains to the Summers brothers that the “the first step in understanding one’s power is learning the extent of it.”
Perhaps the scene is symbolic of the arrow of Cupid; of Scott and Jean eventually falling in love. But at its heart, the deleted scene is eloquent demonstration of how a young person—who is also a mutant—is exploring her place in the world, and how her abilities fit in with her surroundings.
"X-Men: Apocalypse" releases October 4th, on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.