SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Logan," in theaters now.
With the latest X-Men film "Logan" finally playing on the big screen, movie going audiences have seen further into the future of the mutant superhero team than ever before. Set in the year 2029, "Logan" reveals that mutant kind is nearly extinct, and most of the X-Men died in a mysterious incident in Westchester a year earlier. Things aren't all bleak, though, as there may be hope across the U.S./Canada border at a place called Eden.
"Logan" follows Wolverine and Professor X's mission to get Laura, a young mutant, away from the evil scientists that created her and deliver her to Eden. Of course, all isn't what it seems; while perusing the in-universe "X-Men" comic book that Logan found in Laura's backpack, he notices that Eden -- even the coordinates they're traveling to -- are pulled directly from the publication. On the other hand, the mutant escapees are talking to someone in Canada, as we hear a snippet of young Rictor's conversation with a mystery voice across the border.
The film calls Eden's credibility into question, but we never really learn the truth about the mythical place. Is it real? Is it just the stuff of comics? The film ends with X-23 and her fellow young mutants on their own and on a journey to their promised land, but we don't see them get there -- not even close.
In an interview with CBR, "Logan" director James Mangold said the up-in-the-air nature of the film's conclusion was an intentional decision.
"I think we watch movies too literally," Mangold said. "I think we want answers, contractual answers. Life never gives us these answers, and I think that -- people could ask questions about what happened to the X-Men or why do this or why. The comic books never answered every question. Somehow the movies are expected to. When you do, and there are many movies that try to answer every question, you end up with these endless scenes with people explaining stuff, ad infinitum. It may satisfy some people, but in life, I hardly understand what's going on one moment to the next. I like movies where there are mysteries."
With Eden, "Logan" ends with a major mystery -- one that deals with the very future of the mutant race and the legacy of the X-Men. With Wolverine, Xavier and many of the X-Men dead, the safe haven they represented is all but gone as well. Now, there's a new generation of mutants that need somewhere to go, and Eden could be that place -- if it exists. Whether we'll ever learn the truth about Eden remains unclear, and that's how it was meant to be.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” is in theaters now.