Logan may not be your typical superhero movie, but director James Mangold still packed Wolverine's last cinematic outing with more easter eggs, comic book references and X-Men links than you could ever discover in one viewing. Fortunately, Movie Pilot is on hand to help you out, so join us as we break down Wolverine's third solo venture in microscopic detail for the diehard comic book fans out there.
1) Is it just us, or was the Dark Phoenix unusually prominent as we flipped through the comic book images that comprise the Marvel logo at the beginning? Now that we know X-Men: Supernova is set to adapt the Dark Phoenix Saga, this makes perfect sense.
2) The first word that Logan utters is "fuck," immediately establishing that Logan is the first R-rated film in the mainstream X-Men franchise, Deadpool aside.
3) The license plate for Logan's vehicle reads "WER 112." It could just be a coincidence, but #112 of Uncanny X-Men saw Magneto neutralise the team's powers and reduce their motor functions to that of a child. Logan stars a de-powered Wolverine who strives to help X-23, a younger version of himself...
4) However, there's also a chance that this license plate refers to Wolverine #112, where our titular hero takes himself into exile following Professor Xavier's betrayal of the team. Yep, that's right. Back in the '90s, Charles gave into his dark side at one point, turning into the villain Onslaught.
5) Speaking of Magneto, a billboard with the word "MAG" appears more than once throughout the film. It's hard not to think of Professor Xavier's nemesis Magneto every time that we see these letters.
6) Director James Mangold told Comicbook.com that he deliberately set Logan in the year 2029, so the story wouldn't clash with the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which roughly took place somewhere around 2024.
7) The funeral scene that had the whole internet talking following the first Logan trailer drop turns out to be a misdirect, as Logan is simply chauffeuring visitors to the cemetery pictured. However, this doesn't mean that our hero avoids the spectre of death for the entirety of his cinematic swan song.
8) Speaking of this scene, Greenwood Cemetery has cropped up in #Marvel comics before, including titles such as 'Deadpool: Too Soon?' and 'Fantastic Four', although no significant characters were buried there to our knowledge.
However, in the Ultimate Marvel comic book universe, Greenwood houses a World War II memorial for #CaptainAmerica, so there's a chance that this choice of Cemetery represents a possible nod to Captain America's nemesis Red Skull, and how he took over as US President in Old Man Logan.
9) See that grave which reads 'Peters' in the background of the cemetery shot? This could be a homage to Evan Peters, who became a firm favorite among X-Men fans for his portrayal of Quicksilver in the recent X-Men movies.
10) When #BoydHolbrook's character first meets Logan, he compares the #Wolverine to an extinct tiger or Freddy Krueger. Wolverine and Krueger are often pitted against one another in online fan fiction, due to the fact that they both possess razor-sharp claws, and were even mentioned in the same breath during the first Transformers movie too.
That tiger reference may also refer to an important conversation shared between a young Magneto and Mystique in X-Men: First Class, holding symbolic significance.
11) Did you spot the Polish-Canadian MMA fighter Krzysztof Soszynski? He's the first Reaver to die at the hands of Laura, literally losing his head to her onslaught of claws.
12) While we can't seem to find an exact comic book counterpart to Gabriela Lopez, the nurse who rescues Laura from captivity, she does share a similar first name with Gabrielle Kinney, one of ten Wolverine clones created by Alchemax Genetics in the comics.
13) Alkali Lake features prominently throughout the #XMen franchise, as this was the underground base where Colonel William Stryker originally experimented on Wolverine and turned him into Weapon X. It's no surprise then that Donald Pierce works for a company that shares this same name and further links become more apparent as the film unfolds.
14) During one of the earliest exchanges shared between Logan and Charles Xavier, the former Professor refers back to how the pair met in the first X-Men movie (2000), describing how he found Wolverine cage-fighting.
"We took you in and gave you a family."
15) Logan and Xavier plan to take a ship out to sea so that they can avoid being hunted by those who wish to cause them harm — but at one point, Charles asks Logan if he'll be safe out there. This is actually a brief reference to Jason Aaron's Weapon X series, where we learn that Wolverine can actually die by drowning. We've already seen before on screen how his adamantium skeleton could weigh him down, so there's a strong implication here that Logan actually plans to kill himself this way once Xavier is gone — assuming, of course, that the adamantium bullet doesn't work.
16) To keep Xavier's powers in check, Logan locks the telepath away in a large room called The Tank, which shares some surprising similar design features with the Cerebro room in the X-Mansion. Did Logan and Caliban repurpose the technology to block Xavier's psychic abilities?
17) Among all of the random trinkets that adorn Logan's home with Caliban, a samurai sword can be clearly seen hanging on the wall. This hearkens back to both Logan's Japanese adventures from the second Wolverine movie and his general comic book ties to samurai culture.
18) Pierce hints that Caliban's tracking abilities were once used to hunt down the few mutants who remained in this timeline. This mirrors Caliban's story in the comics, where he was seduced to the dark side by Apocalypse and was transformed into the Horseman of Death.
19) During one of the film's quieter moments, Logan is shown holding his dogtags, which he first acquired in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, right before the adamantium was bonded to his skeleton. We're guessing those tags were replacements though, as Logan originally threw them at the feet of Stryker during a fit of anger in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Either that or he sheepishly went back to pick them up again later.
20) Laura and her protector, Gabriela Lopez, hide out somewhere called Liberty Motor Motel. When Charles relays that information to Logan, the two make a sly reference to how the Statue of Liberty played a key role in the climax of X-Men, during one of Wolverine's earliest fights with the team.
21) When Laura first demonstrates her abilities, hunting down the Reavers who have invaded Logan's home, there are strong echoes of that unforgettable scene from X2: X-Men United where Wolverine goes full berserker rage and kills the soldiers breaking into the X-Mansion.
22) Richard E. Grant plays a villainous character called Dr Zander Rice, who is responsible for the experiments that created X-23. While the story plays out rather differently, Rice is also responsible for imbuing Laura with her powers in the comics.
23) While Charles uses the bathroom in a rest stop, Logan finds X-Men comic books that embellish his real life exploits with the team and as he leaves the store, Wolverine grabs some cigars, which are a signature part of his comic book look.
24) In the mobile phone video that reveals information about Alkali Transigen and their experiments, one of the case files reveals that DNA was taken from Christopher Bradley. In the comics, this particular mutant possessed electrical powers and he also appeared onscreen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as part of Team X, which was led by Colonel Stryker.
25) The flashback video takes a particularly grim turn when Laura cuts her own arms to test her remarkable healing factor. This moment echoes a scene from her comic book origin too, so fans will be happy/disgusted to see it included here.
26) The fictional comics featured in Logan are Uncanny X-Men #117 and #132. While the covers and stories inside are different in the movie, their real-life counterparts do hold some relevance still. In #117, Xavier discusses in length how he first decided to dedicate his life to improving human/mutant relations and #132 contains a now iconic fight between Logan and Donald Pierce, who is played in this movie by Boyd Holbrook.
27) Not only is Xavier's psychic onslaught in the casino one of Logan's most memorable scenes, it's also rather similar to a previous moment from X2: X-Men United, except Charles only froze people's motor functions in the latter and didn't telepathically assault their minds at the same time.
28) A news report on the radio reveals that this aforementioned attack happened before in Westchester, resulting in the death of numerous X-Men members. Westchester is where the X-Mansion is located, implying that Xavier lost control of his powers and accidentally killed his former students at home. This idea is adapted loosely from Old Man Logan, the Mark Millar story arc that inspired this film, although in the source material, it was Wolverine who killed the X-Men under the influence of Mysterio, a Spider-Man villain.
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29) When Logan, Charles and Laura share dinner with a kind family of strangers, the young boy's room is revealed to be adorned with cowboy pictures paying homage to the Western genre influences that Mangold infused in the film. The eagle-eyed among you may have also spotted that there's a poster behind X-23 in one shot that reads, "All shall perish," foreshadowing the family's collective death soon after.
30) The family in question are known as the Munsons, who coincidentally share the same name as the General who led the Weapon X programme in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
31) While X-24 may be an original creation from the Logan screenplay, there have of course been evil versions of Wolverine in the comics, including one where he was transformed into one of Apocalypse's evil horsemen and another where he even became a zombie.
Logan villain Donald Pierce also created a robotic doppelgänger of Wolverine called Albert, who was created in order to trap 'Ol Canucklehead so he could be killed by an android bomb called Elsie Dee, who was built with the appearance of a little girl.
The closest we came to seeing X-24 in the comics was when we spotted his incubation pod in X-23's origin story, Innocence Lost. However, this was destroyed before we could ever see a glimpse of him in action.
32) The basic plot of Logan follows a lonely, bearded fellow forced to travel a post-apocalyptic future while teaching a young girl how to survive. Sound familiar? It's not hard to spot the similarities between Mangold's latest movie and the Naughty Dog game, The Last Of Us.
33) Laura isn't the only test subject created by Rice's experiments. Among the other children, there are some familiar names for comic book fans to pore over, including Bobby — who may possess the DNA of either Iceman (Bobby Drake) or Sunspot (Roberto "Bobby" da Costa) — and Rictor, an original member of X-Force who could create earthquakes.
34) In the final battle, one of the children reveals themselves as Joey, who could very well be the same as Marvel's Joey Bailey, the telekinetic nephew of Jean Grey. Rictor also uses his seismic abilities against X-24 in a key moment, demonstrating the full extent of his power.
35) During the film's final, heartbreaking scene, Bobby is seen holding a Wolverine action figure wearing the hero's traditional comic book outfit. It turns out that merchandise is still a thing in the future.
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36) In the casino hotel, Charles and Laura watch an old Western film called Shane from 1953. The story holds surprising parallels with Logan, as George Stevens's film follows an old gunfighter brought out of retirement for one last conflict. Shane's words hold particular resonance for Laura, who quotes the film as a eulogy for Logan in the final scene;
"A man has to be what he is, Joey. Can't break the mould. I tried it and it didn't work for me... Joey, there's no living with... with a killing. There's no going back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand. A brand sticks. There's no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her... tell her everything's all right. And there aren't any more guns in the valley."
37) Right before the credits roll, Laura pauses at Logan's graveside, turning the cross into a X shape. This tribute to our fallen hero marks a powerful end to Wolverine's saga, reminding us of the legacy that Logan has left behind.
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(Sources — Comicbook.com)