Speculation reignited last week when news emerged that Fox had updated the film’s runtime, so the cut released next month in theaters will be three minutes longer than the on screened for critics. While no details were offered, a post-credits scene was the most likely explanation — one seemingly confirmed days later by Collider. However, Mangold flatly stated on Twitter that’s not the case:
@borbs There is not a post credits scene.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) February 21, 2017
Collider has since updated its original report, with Editor-in-Chief Steve Weintraub acknowledging the story was wrong, but then adding: “However, after doing some digging I’ve learned I wasn’t altogether wrong about Logan having something cool for the fans. But instead of it being after the credits, maybe it’s before the movie has started.”
Indeed, if there’s no post-credits scene, the most logical alternative is a prologue, setting up star Hugh Jackman’s farewell to Wolverine. After all, those three extra minutes have to go somewhere, and an extended sequence within the story is highly improbable.
“Logan” is set in the near future, years after the epilogue of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In it, a weary Logan, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Opening March 3 nationwide, “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.
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