Warning: This article contains a major spoiler for Logan.
Logan director James Mangold originally teased Wolverine’s final moments back in 2013 with The Wolverine, which he also directed.
An observant fan of the franchise took to Twitter to point out the initial tease from The Wolverine to Mangold who then confirmed that the vision the psychic mutant Yukio (Rila Fukushima) shared with Logan was indeed his death from the end of Logan.
— MauriceTheChosenOne© (@_moegonzales3_) March 9, 2017
And the prize goes to Maurice! https://t.co/9GyRffqUlg
— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 9, 2017
In the scene itself, Yukio tells Logan “I see you on your back, there’s blood everywhere. You’re holding your own heart in your hand.” The Wolverine does include a payoff for the initial setup in that Logan does briefly die after he carves out the parasite preventing his healing ability from working from his heart. But now we know that the heart in his hand was actually a poetic metaphor for the hand of his daughter Laura aka X-23.
It’s quite a beautiful and a very clever call back to The Wolverine. As if we needed yet another reason to be sad about the emotionally heavy and incredible end of Logan.
You can read our review of the film here.
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10 Most Heartbreaking Deaths In Superhero Films
It is the natural order of existence: life begins and life eventually comes to an end. Death is something we humans are constantly coming to terms with, among the most common of methods the reflection upon death in artistic mediums. It a meta-sense, it becomes the job of superheroes to deal with deal with death on the page and outside the page. Sadly, they can’t do their jobs sometimes without obstacles and sometimes these obstacles can be downright heartbreaking. That is the nature of these characters and it only makes sense that death and mortality come into play when crafting engaging stories. Everyone on Earth deals with the reality of mortality. That films based on superhero comics take this to the next logical step is what makes Logan so emotionally raw.
The film uses death as one of the its major themes to great effect. There have been a lot of deaths in superhero films. We’re going to talk about the ones ranging from extremely well-handled to extremely satisfying i.e. the good ones. While it may be great to see a villain get what he or she deserves, it is truly devastating to watch a character that you care about die. With the theme of mortality still in mind, let’s look back at films that have had the most emotionally-impactful death scenes. Tread lightly reading as this will contain spoilers.
Here are 10 of the most heartbreaking moments in superhero films. Click Next to continue!