Logan, the final installment of the Wolverine standalone films, concluded the story of both the titular hero and professor Charles Xavier. However, the film also revealed the horrific fate of the X-Men, who were killed when Charles Xavier lost control of his telepathic abilities due to a degenerative brain disorder. While the incident was not depicted on screen, director James Mangold revealed to IGN that he had initially written a version of the film that opened with the death of the X-Men.
Mangold explained why he ultimately decided against opening with the demise of the X-Men.
“Look, I literally had written an opening which started with that sequence and so it was quite literal, who was dead. But the reason we didn’t do it wasn’t to spare other films, it was that it redefined the movie. It made the movie about the X-Men, instead of being about Logan and Charles. And irrevocably, when you read the script opening that way, it became about this other tragedy, as opposed to that tragedy being something hovering like a shadow in the background for these characters.”
The slaughter of the X-Men is a memorable moment from the popular comic book storyline Old Man Logan. Though in that version of the story, Logan was responsible for their deaths after being mentally manipulated into killing his allies by Mysterio.
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In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now available on Digital HD and will be released on Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 23.