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Comic book movies love throwing in as many easter eggs, references and cameos as they can. You know it’s a Marvel movie when you spot that all important Stan Lee cameo, but he wasn’t the only person to pop up in the latest Marvel outing. That infamous X-Men: Apocalypse Wolverine cameo has another special appearance, one that we’re pretty sure went unnoticed by everyone.

The scene in question is when Wolverine is unleashed in the Weapon X facility, slaying all the soldiers in sight. The victim? Well this one, might surprise you.

X-Men: Apocalypse Wolverine cameo

Hugh Jackman’s feral killing machine gets to sink his claws into none other than X-Men: Apocalypse’s director, Bryan Singer. The two have a long history together, with Singer now having directed four X-Men films with Jackman, it’s no wonder he has finally had the chance to knock him off.

X-Men: Apocalypse Wolverine cameo

Unveiled his demise to the Empire Film Podcast, Singer says even he had to double check it was him; “I have a little cameo, I’m the guy with the machine gun… screaming. When I look at it, I couldn’t recognise myself so I knew no one else could. But it was cool to get killed by Wolverine. It’s now one of the many things I can put on my resume.”

When asked about how the Wolverine appearance came about, Singer adds “We went back later to film the Wolverine segment because Hugh was training for the next Wolverine sequel and we wanted him in a certain kind of shape. At first, Hugh was reticent to do it, but once I explained it to him, what the scene is and why it’s there, he agreed to do it over the phone, which is unusual. Usually there’s a bit of negotiation involved, but he said ‘You can call my agent, but I’m in, I love it.’”

X-Men: Apocalypse Wolverine cameo

What could have been

Saying the team is doing the press rounds at the minute, screenwriter Simon Kinberg has been talking to Cinemablend, about the original idea for Wolverine’s involvement; “There was always a notion that we wanted Wolverine to be in the movie. We wanted to find a way to feature him in the film, partly because Bryan [Singer] and I love Hugh so much. We love the character, obviously, and he’s such a huge part of the franchise. There were a lot of iterations of how Wolverine would enter and exit the movie. There was a version when he was going to come in at the midpoint of the film and be like the drill sergeant for the kids and take over as their leader. And we felt like that stepped on [Jennifer Lawrence’s] role in the movie and becoming their leader.”

He continues, “As we were, again, conceptually brainstorming the script, we knew that the kids were going to be abducted, or that a lot of our main characters were going to be abducted and taken somewhere. So we thought it would be interesting to take them to Alkali Lake, and that they would naturally, potentially… that the Weapon X program would be there, and maybe that was a place to find Wolverine.”

So from the sounds of it, we could have ended up seeing a very different film, one that would have had more Wolverine wedged in where there probably wasn’t room for him. Good thing they saved him then, as it has the anticipation for Wolverine 3 built all the more.

X-Men: Apocalypse is in cinemas now. Wolverine 3 is scheduled to open on the 3rd March 2017.