SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Logan.”
Wolverine wasn’t always destined to die. In an interview with Yahoo!, longtime “X-Men” star Hugh Jackman said he was open to a different ending for “Logan.”
“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,” Jackman revealed.
The film ultimately went with director James Mangold’s vision for the character, where Wolverine died in order to save Laura and the other mutant children from an evil corporation. Nevertheless, Jackman toyed with the idea of Wolverine living through the ordeal, much like Clint Eastwood’s character in 1992’s “Unforgiven.”
As to this alternate ending that never came to be, Jackman said he was inspired by “Unforgiven.” “It’s more powerful that [Eastwood’s character] Munny doesn’t die at the end. You assume he’s going to die, but by taking that final action and shooting everyone down, he embraces all the darkness he’s tried to put outside him,” he explained. “Now he’s got to live with it, and it’s almost more devastating.”
“James [Mangold] was always certain of [‘Logan’s’] ending, and he was right,” Jackman added. “Unlike a human character [like William Munny], what’s most poignant for someone who is thought to be indestructible is him dying while saying, ‘This is what it feels like.'”
“Logan” finds Wolverine in a world where no mutants have been born in twenty years. As such, he’s startled to discover Laura, a young mutant with powers very much like his own. Shortly thereafter, he’s forced to take a road trip with both Laura and ailing Professor X, as Laura is pursued by Alkali-Transigen, a shadowy organization who will stop at nothing to get her back. On his journey, Logan discovers a band of other mutant children as well, just in time for Alkali-Transigen to track them down. Though his healing factor is fading, Logan takes on Alkali-Transigen and their soldiers, ultimately sacrificing his life to save the children, who then complete their journey to safe haven in Canada.
Now in theaters, “Logan” is directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman as Logan, Patrick Stewart as Charles, Dafne Keen as Laura, Boyd Holbrook as Pierce and Stephen Merchant as Caliban.