Logan is – perhaps – the darkest superhero film ever put to screen. Inspired by Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan story, the film details an ageing Wolverine who must battle his inner demons. The latest movie in the X-Men franchise also marked the final one for Australian actor Hugh Jackman. Since 2000, Jackman has portrayed the character in nine films (including Logan). The movie has received universal acclaim, currently sitting at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has grossed – just over – $247 million worldwide so far.
Now, what I am about to discuss with you features some pretty big spoilers. So, if you have not seen Logan, I recommend you turn back. What I am about to share will – kinda – ruin a huge part of the movie, and one of the driving emotional forces.
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As previously mentioned, Logan took – partial – inspiration from Millar’s Old Man Logan. In that storyline, Wolverine was tricked by Mysterio into thinking the Xavier School For The Gifted was overrun by super villains. Tragically, there were no villains; only students and friends. In the comic book, Wolverine killed everyone. Director, James Mangold, used this in the latest X-Men film, but with a unique twist.
When we meet Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier, it is revealed that he has severe Alzheimer’s. As Boyd Holbrook’s Donald Pierce points out, the world’s most powerful brain has the worst brain disease imaginable. In the film, Xavier is prone to having horrible seizure-like attacks which cause anyone around him incredible pain. As tragedy would have it, Xavier was the one who was to blame for the X-Men’s death. His first seizure paralysed 600 people, and killed 7.
In a new interview with Coming Soon, James Mangold revealed why his movie did not show the scene taking place, as he originally wanted to kick-off the film with such a moment:
“It also made the movie about that. It was really interesting. It suddenly made the movie about X-Men dying, as opposed to allowing the movie to be a kind of unwinding onion, like allowing you to kind of enter the story and go, ‘Where is this going?’ It was so large and loomed so large, and I felt like it also was still falling into the formula of the movies, with the big opener, that is setting up the mythology first. I thought, ‘What if we do an opener that leans into character first? Actually underplay those things?’ Let them just feel like it’s more like a—what’s that? A normal thing, like it’s happened. And instead of underlining it, yeah. Just let it live in the background of all these characters.”
As someone who has seen the movie, the reveal is absolutely shocking – in a tragic way. Stewart and Jackman give career-best performances in this flick, so go check it out once more! What do you guys think of Xavier being the man who destroyed the X-Men? I think it just adds to the horrible life these Mutants have had. As Logan points out, “Bad sh*t has happened to people I care about.”
Logan is in theatres now.
Source: Coming Soon