After over fifteen years playing the iconic Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has finally hung up his claws with the genre defying Logan. With Jackman's long history in the X-Men franchise, many fans are wondering whether Logan will get a sequel. Alas, it may be a long wait before we see Jackman play the cantankerous mutant again — but that doesn't necessarily mean Logan is the last Wolverine movie.
Logan was originally known as Wolverine 3 before the new title was announced, and was always planned to be a conclusion to Jackman's Wolverine trilogy, the collection of films that begun with the critically reviled Origins: Wolverine.
However, with the introduction of Laura Kinney — Logan's genetically engineered daughter known as X-23 — many people are wondering whether she may eventually become the movie canon's new Wolverine... just as she did in the comics.
At the premiere of the film's black-and-white release — Logan Noir — James Mangold seemed a lot more confident about the prospect of an X-23 helmed Logan sequel than he did before.
"Anything’s possible. I’ve certainly talked to them about it. I even talked to them about it before we made the movie. I thought she was just such a great character, but with what Dafne did, I think that certainly that’s possible."
Dafne Keen certainly wowed the world with her performance in Logan, and audiences are eager to see more from her. Right now, the #XMen franchise is busy with New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Deadpool 2, but there's plenty of room for a Logan sequel in the future.
Passing The Claws: Will Laura Become Wolverine?
Back when X-23 was first rumored to appear in Logan, many took this mean that Fox were setting up another character to become #Wolverine, replacing Hugh Jackman as the head of the franchise. The movie itself does seem to set this up, as Logan's sacrifice allows Laura and the other mutant children to escape into Canada. This opens the door for a Logan sequel following this young gang of mutants, with Laura potentially taking up the role of leader — and the title of Wolverine.
In previous interviews, Mangold seemed to dismiss the assumption that Laura will become Wolverine in a sequel, revealing that starting another franchise was the last thing on his mind.
"I really wasn’t thinking about [passing the torch] — and I know the studio wasn’t because they didn’t even know who X-23 was when I brought it up."
For Mangold, the most important thing was to tell the story.
"We weren’t thinking about merchandising or starting a new line of movies – what we were thinking about was the interesting themes in this film. In the case of Logan and Laura, [we established] a father-daughter relationship, with a father who’s very loathe to have intimacy or an emotional connection with almost anyone. There’s a lot of interpersonal drama that truly drives the feature."
While we all love a franchise to follow, Mangold's vision for Logan is far more interesting than a set-up for infinite sequels. Logan is a character and relationship-driven movie, and by lowering the stakes from saving the world to saving one little girl, Mangold created a more suspenseful — and more compelling — drama.
But of course, the Wolverine movies are an offshoot of the X-Men franchise, which Wolverine has been a part of since the very beginning. Even if Hugh Jackman really isn't going to appear in any more X-Men movies ever, the door is always open for Laura Kinney to team up with her fellow mutants. As Logan is set in 2024 — when the X-Men have disbanded and mutants are almost extinct — some serious timeline shenanigans would have to take place in order for Laura to join the superhero team... but it's not like that's stopped the franchise before! Who knows, Laura may even found a new X-Men team in this almost post-apocalyptic future.
It seems that if Logan were to get a sequel, it would probably follow Laura's continued adventures with the other young mutants, which would certainly make for a intriguing narrative, as there are a ton of unanswered questions from the movie. Can the forced mutant sterility ever be overcome? Will Laura and the young mutants become the much-anticipated X-Force?
For the time being though, Logan is officially the last film in the Wolverine franchise, and it's a fitting end for the X-Men franchise's longest running character.