X-MEN Storyboards Reveals Alternate Alaskan Fight Scene Between Wolverine & Sabertooth

X-MEN Storyboards Reveals Alternate Alaskan Fight Scene Between Wolverine & Sabertooth

Storyboard artist, Raymond Prado, has uploaded some of his artistic contributions for Bryan Singer's X-Men (2000). Of note, there is an alternate Alaskan fight scene between Sabertooth (Tyler Mane) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Hit the jump to check it out.

Storyboards created by Raymond Prado

Below is an excerpt from Ed Solomon and Christopher McQuarrie 1999 X-Men script, featuring the fight scene between Wolverine and Sabertooth.

PLACID SNOW, mountains in the distance. A magnificent vista,
suddenly disturbed by movement below.

FIGURE ENTERS FRAME. Larger... moving slightly faster.





An anomaly, to say the least. A man whose features are so much like an animal, one would think he had animal in his blood. His hair is course and black, sprouting wildly from his head. He is LOGAN. We will come to know him well. As well as we can.

Then to the thing following him. So much like an animal himself, he makes Logan look perfectly human. Larger, fiercer, somehow inherently more savage. This is called SABERTOOTH. The reasons are obvious'.

Teeth like said animal and clawed fingers to match.

Mutants of course. Two who must certainly be members of a class "remote in the extreme."


Logan hits a slope at full speed, making it most of the way proper before sliding the last of it on his heels.

At the bottom, he comes to an awkward skid on the frozen bed of ice that is a lake at other times of year.

He makes an agile footed run across the ice, but adjusting has closed the gap.

SABERTOOTH LEAPS and leaps far, overtaking Logan and landing on his back.

FEROCIOUS TEETH SINK DEEP INTO LOGAN'S SHOULDER. A scream fills the wilderness for miles. Blood flows.

Sabertooth, in a bloodlusting rage, slams Logan down only to smash a whole in the ice with his prey.

Logan clamors free and dives under, caught instantly by the current and swept away.


Sabertooth stares at the hole in the ice in frustration. Like the cat he resembles so closely, he watches carefully, suddenly making out bubbles under the surface, trailing away. Be is quickly after them, clawed feet working as cleats in the ice.


Logan struggles, already short of breath and at the same time trying to swim madly from the shadow above. The muffled sound of feet pounding like a heartbeat.


Sabertooth stops again... Listening, looking, searching with senses sharpened beyond that of human comprehension. Be smiles.


He droves a monstrous fist through the ice and reaches in up to his shoulder.... searching....


Then a violent yank. The ice gives way to the soaked and naif frozen Logan who struggles to free himself from Sabertooth' s grasp. A large creature dwarfed by a larger one, he is hoisted in the air, claws tearing his neck.


Logan's right hand. His skin ripples and pulsates, trembles from cold... or perhaps something else.

SUDDENLY, three steely claws, some nine inches long, spring from the very flesh just above the knuckles.

A stunned pause as both he and Sabertooth look down at the menacing rake.

Then Logan drives it home, sinking up to his hand into Sabertooth's side.

A HOWL unlike anything ever heard and Sabertooth throws Logan away from him, the claws tearing across his ribs as he does so.

Logan flies several yards before hitting the ice and sliding several dozen more. Be is stopped by his head as it hits a rock on the far shore.

Sabertooth skulks over to him, taking a hand away from the gash on his side in time to watch the fatal-looking wounds heal as quickly as the sealing of a Ziplock bag.

With the sound of Sabertooth's breathing comes the rising of the wind...

Snow from the ground begins to swirl in the bitter cold air.

Sabertooth is nearly upon Logan now and the wind rises further, until he must shield his eyes from the bitter, icy

As he approaches, we see the fresh claw marks on Logan's face healing before our very eyes, leaving not so much as a scratch.


Lightning? No. Lightning is not red.

Sabertooth looks around, puzzled, then down at Logan's motionless body. Then to his feet where a hole in the ices spouts bubbling water.

The wind blows so violently now that he nearly misses two figures standing only a few yards away - mere silhouettes in the icy haze.

A closer look tell us it is a man and a woman, THEY WEAR STRANGE UNIFORMS of form-fitting material - the man wears a reflective visor that hides his eyes. The woman's face is bare, revealing dark skin and penetrating eyes.

ANOTHER FLASH - one that seems to come from the visor itself. An intense beam of red light. Sabertooth looks down and sees the ice at his feet has melted - more accurately been melted - away.

Be plunges through the ice like a mark in a carnival dunking tank. The more he claws at the edges f the hole, the more the flashes of li-jht make the hole t ger. Hi* massive weight and hairy coat quickly suck him down.

The TWO FIGURES - CYCLOPS AMD STORM - obviously two of the children we saw earlier now grown - stand over the whole and calmly watch Sabertooth gather himself and swim back to the surface.

Storm looks down at the hole, concentrating her intense gaze. The wind whips further, and her skin dimples with goosebumps as the temperature drops and the water in the hole begins to freeze.

Sabertooth manages to smash through and again, Cyclops fires a beam of light to rob him of an edge to grab on to.

Storn then further forces the temperature down, freezing the ice thick and thicker.


Sabertooth pounds violently as the ice above him drives him further and further down, becoming more and more a wall between him and his prey.

Finally, he wisely concedes.

With one last look at the two mysterious figures now nearly obscured by the ice, he tuns his body and swims away with the same agility he had on land.



Cyclops and Storm walk over to Logan and look down at him curiously, observing the metallic claws that seem to grow out of his flesh. More puzzling is the way in which they retract, vanishing into holes in his flesh which heal as quickly as the wound in Sabertooth's side.


They look at one another, wondering. Logan's eyes begin to close as they obscure the last of all perceptible detail.

Visit FilmSketchr's for More X-Men art from Raymond Prado

X-Men (2000) was directed by Bryan Singer, from a screenplay written by David Hayter. The cast included: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke JanssenJames Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, and Anna Paquin. The film had a budget of $70 million, and earned a stellar $290 million at the worldwide box office.

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Asterisk - 2/4/2013, 2:16 PM
Looks like Cyke was originally supposed to wear his mask, too.
JatevinM - 2/4/2013, 2:21 PM
Nick56 - 2/4/2013, 2:22 PM
@jCameron I agree.
NorseGod - 2/4/2013, 2:23 PM
Would it have been too dificult to put the images in order?
Nomadic1 - 2/4/2013, 2:28 PM
FOX's new slogan - 'We know how to ruin a CBM' doing it since 2000!
GUNSMITH - 2/4/2013, 2:32 PM



jimoakley666 - 2/4/2013, 2:43 PM
From the looks of it, originally Logan was to have only just escaped the Weapons Plus programme. Seeing as he's just as surprised by the claws as Creed. I prefer it as it was in the film. Pinning the Thug and cutting the shotgun in half was a much better into to his claws.
jimoakley666 - 2/4/2013, 2:44 PM
@GUNSMITH - And I personally loved all those things.
nowtheresaBATman - 2/4/2013, 2:47 PM
one of the many reasons why I hate Bryan Singer. FFS just look what he did to Sabretooth.

Jollem - 2/4/2013, 2:49 PM
i'm pretty sure the x-men movies did quite well, critically and financially
gambgel - 2/4/2013, 2:59 PM
too long of a fight sequence for Wolverine. He had enough screntime on X1, so kind of happy this didnt make the cut.
but Cyclops and Storm look great on the storyboard, with the mask on Scott.
masterhater - 2/4/2013, 3:00 PM
These xmen movies suck so hard!!!
SpideyQuad - 2/4/2013, 3:02 PM
I thought it was stupid then having Wolverine be knocked out cold from a tree branch, and I still think it's stupid now.
masterhater - 2/4/2013, 3:13 PM
I hate Bryan Singer!
TheBeard - 2/4/2013, 3:13 PM
would have been better than what we got
masterhater - 2/4/2013, 3:14 PM
JCameron- Your trippn Thor and Cap are far superior! Cannot even be compared!
FirstAvenger - 2/4/2013, 3:21 PM
Why release this 13yrs later!?!
nowtheresaBATman - 2/4/2013, 3:32 PM
I was looking forward to DOFP too until I learned that that Singer was going to poison the whole project w/ his over-rated directing & actors from those terrible movies he made before.
Just for starters McAvoy & Stewart look nothing alike.
FennecPilot - 2/4/2013, 3:43 PM

Yes, thank you for your well thought out scribbles. We get it. You are not happy. Things did not go well for you.

Get over it.
nowtheresaBATman - 2/4/2013, 3:53 PM
@FennecPilot GUNSMITH's post is dead on. Get over it.
Fogs - 2/4/2013, 4:25 PM
X-Men movies WERE good back in the day. Before Marvel Studios and Batman have raised the bar.
ThePowerCosmic - 2/4/2013, 4:52 PM
Oh you mean the blonde Sabretooth? 2 Sabertooths in one franchise...what an effing joke! Fox messed upX-men good.
pointman - 2/4/2013, 5:15 PM
The lowest common denominator in any of the singer helmed xflicks is that "mr. best there is at what I do I(snicker" Gets his but handed to him in every flick.
RichardHedski - 2/4/2013, 5:30 PM
Alaska? I thought their first fight was in Canadia? WTF Marvel?!?
InfiniteMonkey - 2/4/2013, 5:54 PM
A dumbass Sabretooth that can't talk.
This incarnation of the X-Men is forever doomed and all subsequent movies, until a proper Re-boot.
ThePowerCosmic - 2/4/2013, 6:35 PM

Captain America train scene, fight with Red Skull at the end are far superior to anything Singer has done with the x-men which is sad because I like the x-men better than Cap as characters. Marvels movies represent the true spirit of the characters better.
XavierLehnsherr - 2/4/2013, 7:09 PM
Thor > all
deanwilkins - 2/4/2013, 7:24 PM
Great scene. My favorite is another scene that didn't get filmed. In it, Wolverine confronts Cyclops just like he did in the film. However, they do get into a brief fight ending with Wolverine popping two claws on the sides of Cyclops' face. He threatens to pop the other, while Cyclops questions if he can do it before receiving an optic blast to the face. They are stopped before the fight can finish.

I liked the first film. Loved the second. It remains in my top 5 CBM's of all time.
BIGBMH - 2/4/2013, 7:57 PM
Not sure why most people like to pretend that these were awful movies just because they weren't ideal adaptations. The first is decent. The second is pretty darn cool. Beats both of Burton's Batman movie IMO.
poop23 - 2/4/2013, 9:16 PM
X- men 1 and 2 weren't bad. Sure they could've been better, but they are far from terrible.. I feel that people who hate the idea of Fox running the show are deliberately looking for all the bad things in the movies when watching them. Not saying that Fox is good; just saying the movie were fine. No need to get your panties in a bunch over it

This scene was probably altered though cause it may have been out of the budget maybe
mikesinuman - 2/4/2013, 9:30 PM
this x-men movie was shit.
Fogs - 2/5/2013, 4:23 AM
@jCameron - 2 James Rhodey and 2 Bruce Banner and all of them can talk and act like the other ACTORS did. Changing actors isn't the problem, I guess that's what @ThePowerCosmic meant.

To me the perfect Sabretooth would have the attitude and action moves of the XMO:Wolverine one, and the looks of the XM1 one.
jaewest215 - 2/5/2013, 5:16 AM
It don't matter. The movies was [frick]in dumb! ALL of them were!
chuckg313 - 2/5/2013, 6:30 AM
Every big screen version of sabretooth has been horrible as far as im concerned still dont feel like ive seen a wolvie sabretooth fight
HULK2099 - 2/5/2013, 7:06 AM
This looked like some classic Wolverine solo comic battle with Sabretooth.
HongKongPooey - 2/5/2013, 7:19 AM
@jCameron stop trolling man and get outta here
Optimus83 - 2/5/2013, 7:30 AM
Coolest Sabrethoot. ...better that Sabrethoot in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Fogs - 2/5/2013, 8:03 AM
@jCameron - Casting Cheadle and Ruffalo is not levelling up? I quit.
Fogs - 2/5/2013, 8:33 AM
OK, good for you, I guess.
Phlegmbot - 2/5/2013, 5:15 PM
The fight scenes were my only complaint of Singer's first X-flick. In action sequence, if a character was flying through the air -- whether they were punched, flying or thrown -- they LOOKED like they were on wires.

I remember saying to my GF, as we left the theater, "There's something wrong when Xena Warrior Princess can 'sell' a fight scene better than $100M action movie."

I didn't mind the leather costumes. Didn't love 'em, but I didn't mind 'em. I know the actors despised them.
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