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Times X-Men Movies Referenced Major Characters But Gave Them Little To No Screen Time

X-Men movies may be a very despised lot now. Not many people watch X-Men movies anymore but they sure did have a lot of major comic book references even back then.

Deadpool – Marrow

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The Morlocks are a group of mutants too hideous to survive in the surface world. They stick to the sewers and the underground, a place they now call home. Marrow, a former Morlock and one of the most popular members of the group, is actually seen in Deadpool. After Wade Wilson agrees to participate in the Weapon X facility’s experimentation program, he is seen walking down the halls as we spot the back of a mutant with bones protruding out of her body. That unnamed mutant is none other than Marrow of the Morlocks.

Logan –  Avalanche

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In the movie Logan, the mutants are all but hunted down and extinct. A mega-corporation now uses the DNA of long dead mutants to create clones with the same powers. The Wolverine’s DNA was used to create X-23. But she is not the only clone. Alkali Transigen files reveal that another formerly alive mutant was also used as the base for the clone known as Rictor. Avalanche is a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with the power to control seismic movements and create devastating Earthquakes. The movie references his real name – Dominic Petros in the Alkali Transigen files.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Guardian & Vindicator

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The Hudsons

After Logan escapes the Weapon X research facility in the movie, he is clawed, naked, and afraid as he runs into a barnhouse to seek shelter. The couple that own the farm and the shelter have a very familiar surname – Hudson. In the comics, the Hudsons were members of the Canadian superhero team – Alpha Flight. And despite having no powers, the Hudsons – Guardian and Vindicator, were very well-known. In the movie, the Hudsons, just like typical Canadians, are exceedingly hospitable, kind, and generous. Except, the older man is named Travis instead of James Hudson like in the comics.

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X-Men: Apocalypse – Dazzler


There are so many deleted scenes from X-Men movies that will never see the light of day. Many such X-Men movies have references to major X-Men characters. One such instance came in X-Men: Apocalypse. This deleted scene shows just how many of the most hated and despised X-Men movies also have some hidden gems. While Jean Grey and Scott Summers are going through a collection of vinyl records in a store, Cyclops holds up a record that says “Sound of Lights and Fury”. And the picture is clearly a reference to Dazzler, a divisive 90s era mutant hero who has since surged in popularity. X-Men: Dark Phoenix brought her back but only for a single scene.

X-Men – Jubilee

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The 80s were the best time to be an X-Men fan. Comic book readers were buying the X-Men issues like hot cakes. And one of the reasons why was Jubilee, a teenage mutant hero who quickly became a fan favorite. The X-Men comics tried to include multiculturalism elements early on. Some of the characters ended up becoming super popular. Jubilation Lee is a Chinese-American mutant who actually made her live action debut back in the 2000 X-Men film. But her cameo was so short it was counterproductive and extremely diminutive.

X-Men: Apocalypse – Nathaniel Essex

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Mister Sinister

X-Men movies tend to drop major references at times but fail to act on them later on. One such time was during the post credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse. At Alkali Lake, a feral mutant has left a bloody mess. A group of people belonging to a shadowy faction are clearing up the mess. And as we look closely, they work for Essex Corp, the organization owned by Nathaniel Essex. Better known as Mister Sinister, he is a genius immortal scientist obsessed with unlocking the secrets of the mutant X-gene.


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Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.