WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for “Logan,” in theaters now.
While “Logan” was packed with plenty of surprises for fans of Hugh Jackman’s character and Fox’s X-Men franchise, few developments were as shocking as the introduction of a new villain in the second half of the film.
Transigen deployed X-24, a “perfect” clone of Logan in his physical prime, to capture Laura Kinney (aka X-23). Fueled by rage and lacking self-control, X-24 kills Charles Xavier and, ultimately, Logan, bringing to an end the stories of the two iconic characters. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, “Logan” co-writer Scott Frank explained the need for X-24’s inclusion in the story.
“It was an interesting thing — for him [Logan] to be confronted with himself,” he said. “It reminds him of what he once was. He was not a good guy. But we didn’t want to make a meal out of it. You have to be careful that that doesn’t become the concept through the whole movie, because then it does exactly the opposite of what we were trying to do.”
Although many fans went into “Logan” expecting the death of Wolverine, the filmmakers nevertheless managed for the moment, when it finally arrived, to carry emotional weight.
“We just kept going back to character and his relationship with his ‘father’ and his relationship with someone who is genetically created, but is still technically his daughter,” Frank said, referring both to Logan’s relationship with Professor X and with Laura. “We kept it personal the whole time. That’s really what we were obsessed with. You could feel it as we were writing it — that it was accruing to something powerful at the end.”
Directed by James Mangold, “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant. The film is in theaters now.
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