Old Man Logan's time in the Marvel Prime Universe may be coming to an end. The refugee of the Wastelands was one of the few survivors of the Secret Wars event, which found the former Wolverine living among the same X-Men he mistakenly murdered in his own reality. During this period, the original Logan was deceased following the Death of Wolverine miniseries.
Now, with the original Wolverine back from the dead and his cloned daughter returning to her previous codename of X-23, Marvel looks ready to phase Old Man Logan right out of existence. The publisher's October 2018 solicitations revealed Old Man Logan #50 will be the final issue of the series, bringing the elder Wolverine's tales to an end.
What is even more concerning for fans is the language used in the solicitation text. Sentences like, "Logan came into this world the same way he’s leaving it: IN PAIN!" and "Don’t miss the end of an era as Old Man Logan’s golden years are cut short!" make it sound like Marvel has plans to kill Old Man Logan. Another piece of solid evidence came with the announcement of a Dead Man Logan 12-part limited series, billed as a dying Wolverine going on one last adventure.
Old Man Logan's healing factor has mysteriously weakened, which is what has made him so susceptible to death. Of course, what led to the original Wolverine passing away was also the loss of his healing factor, so it appears history is repeating itself. If Old Man Logan really is going to die, then it only seems right that he meets the revived Wolverine on his way out the door.
An Old Man Logan/Wolverine Face-To-Face Needs To Happen
Think about the other superheroes who have multiple versions of themselves operating in the Marvel Universe. Also, you don't have to look too far from the X-Men family tree to point out recent examples -- the younger, Original Five X-Men of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel and Iceman have stood side-by-side with their older counterparts since being plucked from the past in 2012.
One of the major draws of having duplicates of the same person is building to the moment when they finally get to meet one another. Of course, Wolverine has had to wrap his brain around being cloned and having children that either want to love or kill him, depending on what day of the week it is. Seeing an older version of himself would probably get a chuckle out of him.
Also, if anyone would understand the inner turmoil Old Man Logan has had to deal with as he lived among the same friends he accidentally murdered in his universe, it's Wolverine. Both characters are the best there is at what they do, but with everything Old Man Logan has experienced in his long life, Wolverine could stand to learn a thing or two from his older half.
It's a shame Marvel isn't planning a team-up miniseries starring the two characters. Instead of giving fans a Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan series, let's get a Wolverine/Old Man Logan pairing as they hack and slash their way through the villains of the Marvel Universe. Ask any fan and they'll tell you having Old Man Logan pass away before meeting Wolverine is a missed opportunity.