According to director James Mangold, the ending of Logan should have moviegoers crying tears of joy, not sadness.
While it pains us to think that Hugh Jackman will never portrays the adamantium-clad mutant again, we should take solace in the face that he went out on top, preserving his Wolverine legacy for all-time.
To take down the mighty Wolverine, it was a young, feral clone of himself, X-24, that took down the last surviving member of the X-Men. But before he did, Logan became the leader, the mutant savior that his dear friend and mentor Charles Xavier had hoped he would become one day. He also felt what it was like to have a family of his own in his final moments, as Laura/X-23 fully embraced him as her ‘daddy.’
“Something gets born of every tragedy. In many ways, I look at the movie and I realize what a happy ending it is,” Mangold told Cinema Blend. “At least from the perspective of Wolverine’s character. I think, unlike anything you have seen in the previous seven or eight movies, he’s happy in his final moments on this earth. He’s happy. He feels somehow satisfied, and I think that’s something very few of us might be able to say in our parting glances from this world. That we suddenly taste and know everything and feel like we got to experience everything. And I think in some way, and Hugh’s performance is really transcendent there, he communicates that and leaves us more moved than bereft.”
In 2029, the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins … In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice).
James Mangold (The Wolverine) directed, based on a screenplay he co-wrote with screenwriters Scott Frank and Michael Green.
Logan is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on May 23.