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The X-Men would’ve been dusted in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ — except for Wolverine

“Endgame” director Joe Russo said the choice would be in service of a good story

Xmen3-22 Storm (Halle Berry), Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) arrive for a fateful encounter with Jean Grey in “X-Men: The Final Stand.” KERRY HAYES, TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX Kerry Hayes, Twentieth Century Fox

SALT LAKE CITY — The X-Men aren’t featured in “Avengers: Endgame,” but what if the mutant heroes played a part in the story?

In an interview with IGN’s “Up at Noon show,” “Endgame” co-director Joe Russo said he would have dusted the entire team in Thanos’ snap — except for Wolverine. The reasoning behind this decision? He would’ve liked to see a “fiercely motivated” Wolverine let loose on the Mad Titan.

As for the character’s other teammates, Polygon notes the unlucky X-Men would’ve included Gambit, Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops and Rogue. In justifying each character’s demise, Russo pointed out other uneven divisions, like Hawkeye’s wife and three children getting snapped away.

He also pointed out their job isn’t to please fans, but to deliver a memorable story. “It’s not our job to give the people what they want, it’s to give them what they need,” Russo said.

Russo and his brother, Anthony, previously said via a Reddit Ask Me Anything they would enjoy directing a movie focused on Wolverine, who was previously played by Hugh Jackman through “Logan” in 2017, which ended with the character’s death.

“We’ve always loved us some Wolverine,” Anthony Russo wrote.

ComicBook.com also reports the directors are interested in seeing a “definitive” Fantastic Four movie made. While the Russos are taking a break from directing Marvel movies, they said the Thing, Doctor Doom, Wolverine and a solid story could draw the directors back in.

“It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us. That’s why we get out of bed every day,” Joe Russo said.

It’s possible the directors could see one of their picks onscreen soon. I previously wrote for the Deseret News that “Legion” creator Noah Hawley has finished a script for a Doctor Doom-focused movie, but has yet to pitch it to Marvel Studios.