Dark Phoenix Was Supposed To Kill Magneto In X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006)

X-Men: The Last Stand storyboards, created by Michael Anthony Jackson, reveal an unused scene involving Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey vaporizing Magneto just as she did with Professor Charles Xavier.

When Bryan Singer ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") left X-Men: The Last Stand to go off and direct Superman Returns, Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour") was had the keys to 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise. The film is not well liked by X-Men fans, as several characters are killed off. The most controversial death scene would have to go to James Marsden's Cyclops who is unceremoniously killed off-screen near the beginning of the film. One scene that I thought was handled actually quite well, was the death of Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). Xavier goes to confront Jean at her childhood home. He tries to re-establish the mental blocks he used to suppress her powers, but Jean's alter-ego, The Phoenix, is too strong. She unleashes her powers upon Xaviere by lifting him off his wheelchair and disintegrating him. Well, apparently at one time, The Phoenix was supposed to vaporize Magneto (Ian Mckellen) as well, as seen in Michael Anthony Jackson's storyboards below. Which is much different than the theatrical version, which had Beast (Kelsey Grammer) sneaking up behind Magneto during the final battle at Alcatraz and injecting him with "the cure."

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X-Men: The Last Stand was directed by Brett Ratner, from a screenplay written by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. The cast included: Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine, Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm, Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Anna Paquin as Marie / Rogue, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast, James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops, Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman, and Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. The film earned $459 million at the world wide box office, against a budget of $210 million.
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