*Warning: This article contains huge spoilers for Logan, so if you've not seen it, don't read on.*
Death evades no man. But mutants aren't just men, and Wolverine isn't just any mutant; his enhanced healing ability, superhuman strength and reflexes render him one of the most dangerous, and enduring, of the X-Men. In many ways, Wolverine is as close to immortal as it gets.
The residue of such powers gone by is one of the elements that increases the emotional impact of Logan, a film that depicts a weary Wolverine who is a shadow of his former self, poisoned by adamantium, downtrodden and caring for an ailing Professor X. In this post-Apocalyptic world, there was only one fitting outcome: Death could no longer evade Old Man Logan.
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Hugh Jackman Didn't Want Wolverine To Die In 'Logan'
The climax to Logan packed an emotional punch Iron Fist would be proud of, as #Wolverine comes off second best to a younger, stronger, but less morally aware clone of himself X-24. However, #HughJackman, the man responsible for bringing the character to life for close to two decades, initially had concerns that death wasn't the only way to draw the story to a close. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, he said:
"It was always floated that Logan would possibly die. I said, 'Let’s be open, because it may be more powerful for him not to die'."
His inspiration, and the idea to keep Wolverine alive, came from Clint Eastwood's 1992 western, Unforgiven. In the film, Eastwood's character, a former cold-blooded killer, William "Will" Munny, returns to his murderous past to carry out one more lucrative murder. Contrary to expectation, Munny survives his ordeal, and rather than die in a blaze of glory, he is forced to live with his actions.
Wolverine's Death Was The Most Logical Ending
One imagines Jackman has a big say in how things unfold, but despite his influence, director James Mangold stuck to his metaphorical guns, persuading the man behind the mutton chops that the only way to end this particular #XMen story was with Wolverine's death. Jackman added:
"James was always certain of that ending, and he was right. What’s most poignant for someone who is thought to be indestructible is him dying while saying, 'This is what it feels like.'"
The rest, as they say, is history. Wolverine eventually succumbs to the wounds he received during a gory, highly violent (and certainly R-rated) battle with X-24, which ends up with Logan impaled on a tree. He dies with X-23 at his side, while pleading with her not to become the vicious weapon she was genetically engineered to be.
Jackman was right to heed to Mangold's vision; #Logan is a superhero tragedy, and death is a necessary part of such a narrative. Just as important as Wolverine's demise was to his own legend, the completion of the circle of life, and the passing of the mutant baton to X-23, helped to make Logan an unforgettable conclusion to one of the world's most compelling superheroes.
Was it right that Wolverine died in Logan?
(Source: Yahoo! Movies)