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question of the day: What do you think about the alternative ‘Wolverine’ easter eggs being shown around the planet?

[warning: contains spoilers for the post-credit sequences of Wolverine… but you can read half this post before you encounter the spoilers, before which there’s another warning]

I first learned about the alternative easter eggs for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in a post by Ryan Gilbey at the Guardian Film blog, which bears this headline:

Why does Wolverine have a different ending depending where you watch it?

Are the alternative endings in the European and US versions of Wolverine a treat for devoted fans or just a cynical marketing ploy?

But a little research online only muddles the issue: posts at Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily and Sci Fi Wire seem to suggest that which easter egg you get to see is not a matter of geography but of randomness: some prints have one attached, and some prints have the other.

FYI, that Guardian post does not include any spoilers, but the two in the paragraph above do. Now, here’s more spoiler stuff:

The easter egg I saw, post-credits — at both my press screening and the public showing I attended last weekend, both in New York City — features Deadpool’s hand crawling its way toward his severed head, and then his eyes open and the implication is that he’s going to somehow survive to wreak more havoc.

The other easter egg apparently features Logan in a bar in Japan, with the implication being that a subsequent Wolverine movie will take place there.

(There appears to be no difference in the scene that comes early in the credits, in which Stryker, who has walked till his feet bled, is arrested for the murder of that other general.)

What do you think about the alternative Wolverine easter eggs? Are they, as the Guardian asks, just a cynical marketing ploy, or merely the early deployment of a DVD extra? And let’s see if we can figure out where the various easter eggs are being seen: tell us in which town/city you saw the movie and which easter egg you got. (And if you didn’t see that bit with Stryker and saw something else instead early in the credits, tell us that, too.)

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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  • Zed

    I’m up near Toronto in Canada and we got the Wolverine in Japan bit. I would have much preferred the Deadpool version, I must say…

  • Westbrook Maine – Got Deadpool.

  • Dr Rocketscience

    Loveland, Co – south of Ft. Collins.
    We saw the Deadpool ending.
    Does no one remember the three different endings to Clue?
    “There’s still one thing I don’t understand…”
    “ONE thing??”

  • Zed

    Oddly enough, before I’d read this entry, I’d been talking with friends about how cool it would have been if there were different endings to the movie… to which I brought up Clue and got a lot of blank looks :)

  • Michael

    Someone who posted in a forum I was reading mentioned that the theater he works in got two prints, and each had a different ending. I don’t know where he was from, though, nor do I have any way of verifying his story.

  • David

    Harrisburg, PA- Deadpool.

  • Rob

    Hudson, Wisconsin
    We saw the Deadpool ending too. Yep, I remember the three endings to Clue – I’ve got the DVD that has all three on it.

  • Branden

    Oshkosh, WI – Deadpool

  • nomadtla

    I’m GM of a theater near Roanoke VA and we got the Deadpool ending. I heard the random ending Easter egg was in response to the large download of the movie a month in advance.

  • PaulW

    Oldsmar, FL – we had Ian McKellan popping up on the screen apologizing for X3: Last Stand.

    I kid. We left before the credits ended.

  • klit

    Key West, FL – Deadpool

  • Austin, TX – saw the bar scene.

  • Joanne

    New Zealand – forgot that there might be a post-credit sequence and am now kicking myself, because by now you’d have thought I’d have known about them!

  • candace

    Toronto, Canada

    Wolverine in Japan.

  • Drave

    Portland, OR. Deadpool. My friend in San Francisco got Wolverine in Japan.

  • Lia

    Kent Ohio, Wolverine in Japan ending. I was talking with my friends who saw it at the same location in a different theatre in the building (number 4 instead of number 10) at a different showing and asked what I was talking about when I talked about the ending in Japan- they’d seen the Deadpool ending.

  • KayWin

    Kristiansand, Norway.
    Logan in the bar.

  • jess

    Columbia MO, Forum 8 Theaters has both endings depending which theater you see it in. There is a rumor that there are more than 2 endings. The rumor goes that there are 3 more (total of 5), but nobody I have heard of has seen anything but Deadpool or Japan.
    Screw the critics, I have read the series for almost 20 years, glad they are making the films. They aren’t going to win oscars, but they are fun. Jackman is incredible as Wolverine.

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