What "X-Men 3" Could of Been Like, Michael Dougherty "X2" Scribes His Vision!

What "X-Men 3" Could of Been Like, Michael Dougherty "X2" Scribes His Vision!

Michael Dougherty, the "X2" screenwriter didn't get to do his take of "X-men 3" because when X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer left to make "Superman Returns"
he went with him. Dougherty in an interview about his and Singer's different take on what was going to happen to Rogue and the end of Ms Grey as well.

Michael Dougherty shares the ideas he and Brian Singer considered for the 3rd installment of the X-Men franchise:

"The idea was that you open up with Alkali Lake but it's completely barren and dried up and there are these odd reports of strange phenomena going on around the world accompanied by bright lights in the sky.

"The idea would be that both the X-Men and the Brotherhood realise that essentially a very god-like force had entered their reality and that it was causing disruptions around the world, you know mutant prisons being decimated, I had pitched an idea about a fleet of cargo ships getting torn apart in the Atlantic and you found out that they were shuttling mutants as slave labour.

"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, which they did in X3. 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 s**t what the X-Men or the Brotherhood had to say about it.

"And ultimately the way it was going to end, at least the version I was pushing for, would be that Phoenix was kind of like the Starchild at the end of 2001, she didn't just get stabbed and die again, but she kind of chose to leave.

"The one idea that I loved, that I really wanted to do, was that Cyclops would build the Danger Room. 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.

"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. The final scene for me would have been her telling Cyclops or her telling the X-Men 'I'll be watching.'"

Dougherty didn't like the Rogue cure thing, he felt it was a big no no message to send in X3:

"The whole point of Rogue's character is that she is supposed to come to terms with who she is and also I don't think it's good to tell girls 'Yeah you should change yourselves so you can get a guy.'"

Unused concept art of "X-Men 3," the artwork is from the very talented Adrien van Viersen:

The Podcast was with Michael Dougherty [/Film via and was transcribed by Geek Files] Direct Link below.

LEEE777 - Damn, this would of been some movie, what do you CBMers think, comments below?

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LEEE777 - 11/10/2009, 3:06 AM
; )
legionbecks - 11/10/2009, 3:10 AM
legionbecks - 11/10/2009, 3:32 AM
would have being better than X3 come on that is what you suppose to call shit ;p.
LEEE777 - 11/10/2009, 3:34 AM
LEGION @ ; )

GRIF @ Dude, how can you say this would've been worst than X-Men 3??? You have seen that joke of a X-Men film that was made right lol???

I still say bring in CABLE in X4, to wipe and clean up the whole mess of X3! ; D
TheManFromNowhere - 11/10/2009, 3:37 AM
Great find, LEEE777! This sounds awesome! Why, oh why couldn't we have gotten this movie instead of the crap Ratner spewed out?
LEEE777 - 11/10/2009, 3:51 AM
GEEK @ Cheers man, and yeah, i totally agree dude!!
LEEE777 - 11/10/2009, 5:13 AM
GRIF @ Me too man, the rubber VINNIE suit was really bad lol.

Kudos dude!

TEA @ Cheers man!!

Damn, i hope no one lives in SAN FRANCISCO!! ; D
LEEE777 - 11/10/2009, 6:02 AM
ANIL @ You probably liked WOLVERINE, lmao!!!

X2 is a fantastic movie!!
Spilox - 11/10/2009, 6:25 AM
Hmm, this actually makes a lot more sence then X3.
The only good things X3 had were:
- Beast ([frick]ing great)
- Iceman Iceform
ElBicho - 11/10/2009, 7:55 AM
Good find LEEE!
Bamf7 - 11/10/2009, 8:40 AM
Yeah, sounds like it would have had a more solidified storyline...that would have been good. And from looking at that artwork I really would have liked to have seen Colossus vs. Juggy!
supermarioworldE - 11/10/2009, 8:45 AM
Dammit! We could have had this version of X-3, but instead we wound up with the tragedy called "The Last Stand". All thanks to a homosexual that wanted to make a crappy superman movie, an asshole director, who's only achievement in life is being the biggest douche ever known, and a studio that's never cared about any franchise that it's ever owned.
Bamf7 - 11/10/2009, 9:03 AM
@supermarioworld - Yes but...what did you REALLY think about X3? haha
ASSASSIN666 - 11/10/2009, 9:22 AM
Damn Multi, I have X-2 up there with Watchmen and Begins as my top three. You're killing me, but that's why we have this site for. I quote the Wolf from Pulp Fiction "let's not start sucking each others d**ks just yet" We're all dysfunctional brothers and sisters here with massive shifts in moods and taste. I mean really if we agreed here there would be no hostility, no tantrums, no fits, no profanity laced tirades. We would be the most boring uneventful shitheads on the block, not us, never happen! Amen.
ASSASSIN666 - 11/10/2009, 9:30 AM
P.S- F**k X-3 and f**k Ratner! Oh and LEEE I'm starting to like your idea about Cable more and more, I just don't see Biehn playing him because Cable is one big mother f**ker and Biehn isn't. Then again Jackman is like 6-4 and Logan is only like 5-4 so what the hell do I know?
supermarioworldE - 11/10/2009, 9:56 AM

lol! I do rant from time to time.

btw, How in the hell did they have an x-men movie with Juggernaut and colossus, and juggy winds up KNOCKING HIMSELF OUT, fighting SHADOWCAT?!?!

SabretoothTiger - 11/10/2009, 10:25 AM
I agree with multi they are all on the same level I could tell you some better things in x3 than the others they actually had them fightin together as a team iceman actually got some action in this one beast killed it and it followed an actual xmen storyline with the phoenix saga even as little as it did it wasn't just a made up conflict for these "xmen" to solve and x2 is nowhere near watchmen dark knight or even fantastic four imo thats a better movie because they actually stuck to the source material more than just the name
ecksmanfan - 11/10/2009, 10:34 AM
X2 is one of my favorite comic book films! The first was decent and the third was a steaming pile!

This story seems like it could have been an ok take. At least it kind of left things open for more films. X3-killed off Scott & Prof. X and Jean...soooo, yeah.
SabretoothTiger - 11/10/2009, 10:48 AM
[email protected] what I said the things that happened in x3 were closer to source material than x1 and x2 that's what gets me is how can you guys put x2 in the same light as watchmen when it followed nothin but the names/powers of the characters in all 3 movies none of the characters were portrayed right save magneto prof x nightcrawler and wolverine and he's wasn't even 100%
LEEE777 - 11/10/2009, 10:50 AM
Elbicho @ Thanx dude!! ; )

ASSASSIN @ Good stuff man and cool!! Yeah maybe there is a better CABLE, dunno bout you, but i cant think of anyone better?? BIEHN does look sweet though!

Damn, i was on the BLACK CAT article too long lol.
SabretoothTiger - 11/10/2009, 11:09 AM
Oh I am so sorry I did not know that this was grammar school. I apologize for your abundance of up tightness. Stop trying to make yourself sound smart by accusing me of bad grammar grow the [frick] up
Minotauro - 11/10/2009, 12:26 PM
Nice Article LEEE, That would of been a better story than "Rubber Boy" Vinnie Jones..

SHHH - 11/10/2009, 12:42 PM
Singer screwed up 2 movies, and Colossus vs Juggernaut could of been sweet.
SabretoothTiger - 11/10/2009, 12:55 PM
Whatever you call me simple but your life revolves around simple things like that so in reality you're the simple one have fun scrutinizing people who live their lives
RorMachine - 11/10/2009, 12:59 PM
I loved X2, really liked X1 and I even thought X3 had its moments..if Singer had of stuck with it i guarantee it would have been infinitely better. It would have been at least a half an hour longer for one, and he would have allowed the characters some real development.
flames809 - 11/10/2009, 1:47 PM
this would have been better for x men 3
AshleyWilliams - 11/10/2009, 2:14 PM
This would have rocked!Better then the crap-fest X-3 was!
Cyclops is a vital character to the X-men Mythos,whether you like him or not.
Personally,he's one of my favorite comic characters of all time!
Minotauro - 11/10/2009, 2:50 PM
Just for laughs, I stumbled upon this on Imdb articles. And was go to make a article for this but just decided to get the link of the humor they got on The Ratman!! (Brett Ratner)


If you hate him, you need to check this out.. ;D
Macksimus - 11/10/2009, 3:40 PM
That story didn't exactly sound much better than the other.

X1 and X2 weren't really that good IMO. So, I'm not sure this one would have been any better.

SoratheKey - 11/10/2009, 10:08 PM
I do not care for other people's opinions... I think this would've been WAAAAY better than X3!

The concept art looks like this would've been one great movie!

Do a "Superman Returns" and erase what happened in X3 and make this movie instead!!!
LEEE777 - 11/11/2009, 5:36 AM
MINO @ Cheers man!!! ; D

And thanx for the link!

Geezuz for an article in news, its got a lot of comment lol!! : D

ROR @ So true man, so true!
Betty - 11/11/2009, 10:28 AM
This DOES sound better.
IronMarvel - 11/14/2009, 4:37 PM
X3 wasnt bad it just made some major continuity no nos. This would have stayed much more faithful...i weep for cyclops and for what might have been.
Denn1s - 11/23/2009, 6:24 AM
the only thing i hated about X3 was the death of cyclops. i like wolverine better than cyclops but he is the leader of the team and died in the first 10 minutes. this script sounds good
1chris2 - 11/28/2009, 11:34 AM
cyclops as leader,colossus vs juggernaught,a better danger room,more of iceman,angel,and probably gambit,and nightcrawler and rogue hell yeah all we would need then is beak,chamber,glob herman,andgel salvador,and tito bohusk. ratner what the hell.
DownUnderThunder - 12/21/2009, 2:54 AM
Lee this is the best x-men news in a very long time.

I cant see the link for the podcast? I am dying to hear it
DownUnderThunder - 12/21/2009, 2:56 AM
Found it. Love it.

LEE 4 president
cyclopstb - 7/14/2010, 8:55 PM
That would be a good idea for X3.

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