If you were a fan of the ‘90s X-Men the Animated Series, then you probably felt a little sad when you noticed one mutant in particular who was missing from the latest comic book movie adventure X-Men Days Of Future Past. That mutant being (aside from Gambit & Nightcrawler) Jubilee, the yellow trench coat wearing teenage “mall rat” with the power to generate pyrotechnic energy plasmoids out of her hands (or in other words she shoots sparkly stuff out of her hands). What you may not know, however, is that the fan favorite mutant was apparently pretty close to being included in the summer blockbuster.
In the photos below you can see the character design for Jubilee that went unused in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which was posted online on the blog (via Cinema Blend) run by costume designer Phillip Boutte Jr. His resume includes The Wolverine, Man Of Steel, Cabin In The Woods, and a plethora of other recent blockbusters. Though it’s not listed on his IMDb profile, the blog also appears to feature designs used for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., so the guy knows his live action comic book adaptations. Disappointingly, he was ordered to stick to plain black leather when putting together Jubilee’s look, so we lose her distinct multi-colored look that defined her character. It’s also worthy of note that it looks like Jamie Chung was used as a model for the costume.
If you didn’t read the comics then the X-men animated series is your only vantage point of the character. Remember, the show actually began focusing on her character, after discovering her powers she is shunned by her foster parents. So what is a discouraged teenage girl to do? Head to the mall, of course. There we met the rest of the crew (Gambit, Storm, Rogue and Cyclops) as they intervene when Jubilee is attacked by a mutant annihilating Sentinel. Many later episodes revolved around the character quite often. Ah, the memories.
Though the character did not appear in X-Men Days Of Future Past Jubilee actually already showed up in the X-Men movies previously. She appears briefly in the very first X-Men movie played by Katrina Florece (remember when Rogue is first attending class at Xavier’s school?). Kea Wong took up the character in X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, though the character never did anything, like…at all. Anyway, maybe next time. X-Men Apocalypse will be here before we know it.
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