Several fans have wondered what "X-Men: The Last Stand" would've looked like with Bryan Singer at the helm as opposed to eventual director Brett Ratner, particularly after the latter filmmaker's recent comments towards his detractors. Well, wonder no more.
According to the writer, the film would have focused on Jean Grey's transformation into the Phoenix, albeit much differently than the version ultimately seen in "The Last Stand."
"You found out was that Phoenix was going round the world taking things into her own hands and that she had basically returned as a god," described the screenwriter. "She had viewed herself as above the conflict, that she was here to end things on her terms, she was sick of the fighting and she was going to take things into her own hands and she did not give a sh-- what the X-Men or the Brotherhood had to say about it."
The film would have ended with the Phoenix's departure, though not at the claws of Wolverine as was the case in "X-Men: The Last Stand."
"Ultimately she kind of becomes that cosmic force that Phoenix is known to be, she leaves Earth and becomes a god or at least a higher level of intelligence and she goes into the cosmos possibly to kick-start life somewhere else," said Dougherty. "The final scene for me would have been her telling Cyclops or her telling the X-Men 'I'll be watching.'"
Additionally, Dougherty and Singer's story focused heavily on Cyclops, who was killed off early on in Ratner's "X-Men" film.
"The one idea that I loved, that I really wanted to do, was that Cyclops would build the Danger Room," he said. "He felt guilty that because the X-Men were too weak, they weren't strong enough or fast enough, that was the reason Jean died. If they were a little bit better at fighting, then she might still be alive. It was all about this guilt he had about her death and he built the Danger Room to train them to be better. In the end it really was about him not being able to let go of her and that causes the chaos and disruption in the movie and in the end it's about him letting her go."
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