What the End of 'Logan' Means for Wolverine's Movie Future

As most X-Men fans know, Dougray Scott had been cast to play Wolverine in director Bryan Singer's "X-Men" (2000), but the actor had to back out after being injured during the filming of "Mission: Impossible II". James Mangold provides a more intimate story focused Logan in what seems to be a dystopian western, making it unlike any other superhero film, but allowing Jackman to really take charge. This is another egg taken from the original "X-Men", when Logan first meets his eventual love Jean Grey in a similar situation. I grew up as a teen in the 90s and for me, the X-Men cartoon on Fox was a main staple of my Saturday mornings. Mangold (Walk the Line) tries to give Jackman's Logan Johnny Cash-worthy demonstrations of integrity, even ratifying that moral heft with Cash's "The Man Comes Around".

"But I found it so intensely moving and affecting, that I could feel my eyes welling up with tears", says Logan's Patrick Stewart. This tells us that Wolverine loves Deadpool too - this is not a one-way deal! Also mentioned: Alkali, the facility we saw in 2003's "X-2", where Wolverine goes home and meets his maker. An epilogue that ends the book so well that you're still haunted days later by the whole thing.

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Despite developing over the course of the franchise, Jackman's character undergoes the fabled hero's journey as if his character is just being introduced to us.

For Jackman, that meant running and raging during Logan's climactic scene when charging through a North Dakota forest to protect his daughter/clone Laura from the shadowy mercenaries who want to abduct her for experiments (and likely termination). There are many action packed sequences between X-24 and Logan, one that is going to memorable. Logan, living on the Mexico border, struggles to take care of his mentor, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who suffers from dementia.

Dystopian and pretty depressing, "Logan" is as grim as Marvel gets. The father/son dynamic we see between him and Logan both lightens the mood and raises the stakes - the Professor has been sedated for years now, as the combination of his deteriorating mind and his unmatched psychic powers is potentially catastrophic.

Recasting Wolverine in the franchise as it now exists would not only throw off the entire shared universe X-Men has been building since First Class, it would also be a huge punch in the gut to fans.


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