Monday, April 27, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Will Have Multiple Secret Endings

I just stepped out of a screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the Fox lot in Los Angeles and before it started, director Gavin Hood stopped by to introduce the film. He spent most of the time thanking us for coming to this screening and seeing Wolverine the way it should be seen, in theaters, and talked about how many difference there were between the final cut and the leaked version. He then mentioned that Marvel has a tradition of hiding easter eggs in their films - and it's no exception for Wolverine. They've hidden multiple secret endings at the end of credits on different prints, and you have to go to different theaters to see them.

Fox is a bit desperate to try and get people in theaters on May 1st for the opening and this definitely seems like a very unique decision to try and bring people in. While we've seen plenty of easter egg endings, like on Iron Man last year, we haven't seen multiple endings like this in a long time. Hood didn't specifically mention how many different endings there were. As for the other differences between the leaked version and the final cut, Hood explained that there were 400 unfinished visual effects shots and that there was no score, unfinished sound mixing, and unfinished color timing. However, he didn't mention anything about differences in actual footage.

I will say, quickly, that I enjoyed Wolverine and wouldn't call it great, but liked it more than I was expecting. I think my expectations had been brought down considerably because of all the negative buzz from the leaked version. However, seeing a finished and polished version was what I think made all the difference (I never saw the leaked version). As for the secret ending we saw, it featured Deadpool, and the only other thing I'll say - is that he may be coming back. We'll let you know when we hear more about the hidden endings in Wolverine!


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