Written by Jessica Stuckey
On March 3, Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie was released. Logan is the final Wolverine movie, and it was surely a great way to go out.
Contrary to most modern superhero movies, Logan is the first R-rated Wolverine movie, taking its place next to Deadpool. The movie has intense, graphic action sequences that show Wolverine’s power in its full glory. The movie isn’t afraid to show the dark side of things either. It shows the toll Logan’s age and powers are taking on him. He’s graying, weak, and isolated, and it’s almost relatable. Unlike other superheroes, Logan doesn’t take a hit and get right back up. It has an impact and it slowly wears on him over time.
Logan isn’t the only character in the movie to show signs of damage. Charles Xavier (aka. Professor X) is also seen weak and isolated. Logan keeps him away from civilization since he’s unstable. He suffers from dementia and has trouble remembering Logan from time to time. The movie doesn’t shy away from the hard truth: Everybody, even superheroes, get torn down and worn out.
The action in the movie didn’t relent when it came to realism. It showed Wolverine’s claws slashing through men’s heads, people getting impaled, and decapitated heads. I hadn’t realized it was an R-rated movie when I went to go see it, until in the first couple of minutes when men were being completely torn apart by Wolverine’s claws (and also the excessive use of the F-word). But even though the fight scenes were very bloody, every single one of them was thrilling and intense.
Logan also beats the superhero movie stereotype by kicking back on the CGI. The setting is more laid back and old fashioned than most modern superhero movies that have aliens pouring out of the sky (talking to you Avengers). Other than the mutants’ powers of course, weapons like guns and knives are used for the most part. No crazy alien guns or futuristic weapons, even though it is set in 2029. It stays to a more old fashioned fight style and the settings are out in the country instead of a bustling city.
And don’t get me started on the ending. This is going to be major spoilers here so beware.
The movie introduces Laura Kinney, a young mutant who is also Wolverine’s daughter. Her powers are very similar to Wolverine as she has two blades that come out of each hand. She has super strength, too, and seems to have super healing.
She doesn’t talk for most of the movie since she doesn’t speak English very well, but she speaks a lot to Logan by the end of the movie and forms a bond with him on their way to Eden. But at the end, Wolverine has a huge fight with X-24, a clone of Wolverine that has the same abilities as him. Already worn out, Logan struggles to fight X-24 and ultimately uses himself to help Laura and the young mutants get away safely. At the end of the battle, X-24 kills Wolverine and shatters Laura’s heart. When she runs over to Logan, our hearts shattered with hers. The two share a heartfelt moment before Logan takes his final breath and the Wolverine franchise comes to a close.
I was reading an article on the reason why X-24 was included in the movie, since he wasn’t even a character in the comic books, and I ended up finding a really deep connection between Logan and the clone. The movie deals with the internal conflicts of Logan and the character X-24 was no exception. Since the character is a clone, and an evil one at that, it reminds Logan of who he once was, a killer. And it also shines a huge light on Logan’s character development throughout the franchise. According to quirkbyte.com, “The character [X-24] was also just an example of what Wolverine could have been like if he had been a compliant soldier to Weapon X program.”.
Overall, the movie was an intense, emotional, and deep. It’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it certainly was a great end to Wolverine. I also have this suspicion that the franchise might go on, using Laura as a sort of succession, although there was no Easter egg after the movie to hint at that. All we can do is leave that in the producer’s hands. For now, I’m happy with this ending.