By Ayana Archie
Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers.
Logan, Hugh Jackman’s third spotlight movie as the ferocious, standoffish Wolverine, plays out much more like an old Western film than the usual large-scale, mutant-laced films of the X-Men/Wolverine franchise.
Seventeen years and a handful of movies later, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is finally showing signs of aging: his hair is a dusty-brownish gray, he has wrinkles and deeply-embedded bags and his ability to heal himself is getting weaker so he’s limping and crouching and coughing a lot. It’s hard to watch and even harder to accept that Wolverine is old.
The movie is set in 2029 and society has finally succeeded in its attempt to outcast and annihilate the mutant community. Wolverine, Professor X and Caliban are the only mutants left. However, a private corporation, headed by a mad scientist who happens to be the son of another scientist Wolverine killed in X-Men:Apocalypse, has been producing a new generation of mutant children using the tissues of dead mutants.
The organization is also building a super-size version of Wolverine, X-24, a creation similar to Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. X-24 has the abilities of Wolverine in his prime and then some. This comes as no surprise as several of the franchise’s movies have had some evil agency or government exploiting mutants’ power for personal gain or military weapons or as defenses against mutants themselves.
So once again, Logan is left fighting himself — both literally and figuratively.
The Wolverine’s journey has come full circle, as the rest of the X-Men have presumably been wiped out. He is almost completely alone, which is how audiences first met Logan. His only true companion is an aging and seizure-prone Professor X.
He then comes face-to-face with his daughter Laura, who was conceived through the corporation’s experiments. Laura is even more lethal than her father despite being pint-sized (she decapitated a man who was trying to kill her and calmly returned the head to the hit-man).
Logan is notably gorier than any of the X-Men/Wolverine movies. Jackman’s scene-stealing duels usually show him taking neat swipes at his opponents. But 2029 Wolverine is stabbing clean through skulls, by way of eyes, ears and throats.
The relationship between Logan and Laura doesn’t develop much because one, she doesn’t talk much, and when she does, it’s usually in Spanish. Two, Logan is killed by X-24 about a week after meeting her.
Logan’s death was expected and not nearly as tear-jerking as I was told it would be.
Wolverine’s regenerative abilities are often mistaken for immortality, but this is not the case. Throughout the franchise, he has proved to be his own biggest opponent. As the movie continued, it was evident that audiences would have to say goodbye to the character who has slashed his way through our hearts.
Featured Photo Credit: Feature photo courtesy of Wolverine on Facebook.
Ayana Archie is a freshman journalism major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.