It was established early on that Logan was set in a future where the X-Men (and mutantkind in general) are no more.
Charles Xavier, Wolverine and a news anchor all allude to what happened, but a deleted scene went into more detail about the specific fate of Logan's would-be lover, Jean Grey.
"I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place," director James Mangold told Empire.
"[Their host] Mrs Munson asks Logan if he's married, and Charles says he was – but he killed her. Of course, he wasn't really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it's a really cool moment. Both Hugh [Jackman] and Patrick [Stewart] were amazing.
"The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many. Things go pretty shitty within seconds after that.
"I think [the deleted scene] will make it to the Blu-ray."
It's unclear that Wolverine ever consummated his relationship with Jean, but their love triangle with her boyfriend/husband Cyclops is the stuff of X-Men legend.
In the film series' now defunct original timeline, it was Logan who killed Famke Janssen's Jean after she was taken over by the Phoenix personality in the little-loved third movie, X-Men: The Last Stand.
Another opening scene was originally planned to show the fate of all the X-Men in the 'Westchester Incident'.
Logan is out now.
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