I love watching deleted scenes, even for films I find disappointing. Apart from any other reason, at times, I come across a scene that would have improved the film dramatically had they been included: case in point, X-Men the Last Stand.
One of the scenes was an alternate version of the scene where Rogue returns to the school – but in this version, she hadn’t taken the cure. Briefly, she tells Iceman that she’s sorry, but this is her; he says, “Welcome home, Rogue,” and they (carefully) hug. The commentary for the scene said that the producers were torn on whether to have Rogue take the cure, so filmed them both – they eventually went with the version we saw, so as to suggest that the cure was not inherently bad, just the uses to which it could be put. I think that’s a fair point, but I also think it’s outweighed by others.
Rogue’s arc in the first two films was paltry, but in the first film her mutation is nothing but a curse to her, while in the second she finds ways to use it to advantage; the next logical step would have been to accept them. Similarly, while Anna Paquin sold me completely on Rogue taking the cure for herself – and Shawn Ashmore on Iceman not having wanted it – both have an “easy to say now” vibe about them. But the alternate scene: where the girl chooses to retain this part of herself, even though it’s hard, out of respect for her own identity; and where the boy respects her identity too, and doesn’t centre his love for her around his ability to get his leg over. What a wonderful expression of X-Men’s basic premise that could have been.
In a way, I’m more disappointed this was filmed and cut than if it had never been thought of at all.
P.S. There was also a scene where Storm took out about 40 bad guys in one go. That should have been in the film too.