Last weekend, Logan arrived in theaters and delivered a powerful final turn for Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine. It’s already such a huge success at the box office that we wouldn’t be shocked to see future X-Men sequels take the Rated-R approach to superheroes. However, Logan does leave the fate of the team somewhat uncertain, and there could be a very dark future waiting for them if the story remains in continuity. Today’s Nerdist News is popping our claws into the clues about the fate of the mutants in Logan.
There are spoilers ahead for Logan. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is your chance to remain unspoiled. You’ve been warned!
Join host, and latent mutant heroine, Jessica Chobot, as she pulls back the curtain on the Westchester incident that was referenced in Logan. Long time comic readers may recall that the Old Man Logan story by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven had a similar incident in which Wolverine was tricked into massacring the X-Men. This time, we think that the blame falls squarely on Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier. It seems clear to us that the Westchester incident was the first time that Xavier suffered a seizure, as seen in the film. But without Logan to sedate him in time, Xavier’s mental powers hurt or even killed some of their shared loved ones. Logan stays with Xavier out of a sense of loyalty, and because he may be the only one who could live through Xavier’s multiple seizures.
As things currently stand, Logan marks the end of the X-Men timeline that dates back to the ’60s in X-Men: First Class. Does that mean we’ll see the Westchester incident play out in a future film? As dark as that could be, we’re thinking that future X-Men directors will simply treat this story as a possible future. Deadpool exists outside of the rest of the mutant movies, so why can’t Logan do the same?
Where would you like to see the X-Men films go after Logan? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!