"Logan. This is what life looks like. A home. People who love each other. You still have time."
Charles Xavier[src]

Logan (previously referred to as Wolverine 3) is the third and final Wolverine film. The film was negotiated by Twentieth-Century Fox for James Mangold to return to direct a sequel to The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman to reprise his role as Wolverine since the aforementioned film was critically and financially successful. The movie is also to be Jackman's last portrayal of Wolverine as well as Patrick Stewart's last portrayal of Professor X.

It was released on March 3, 2017.


In 2029[1], the Mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. No new mutants have been born in over twenty years, and as their numbers dwindled, Professor X's dreams of a new stage in evolution slowly died.

A weary Logan has surrendered himself to alcoholism, now earns a living as a limo-driving chauffeur in a town on the Mexican border, and is hustling for medication that he takes out south to a remote, makeshift home and hideout, he shares with Caliban, nursemaid to the ailing and infirm, old Professor X, whom he and Caliban take care of and keep hidden away. In addition, Logan's power to self-heal is dwindling; fading as he has aged, with his face and body being scarred from past injuries and battles.

One day, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are ended when a female stranger asks him to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first, Logan refuses, but the Professor reveals that he has been waiting a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by dark forces[2] and sinister figures working for a powerful corporation because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins, and a decrepit Wolverine is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use, as he he is drawn back into action, despite his hopelessness.[3]


The year is 2029. Logan, who has aged greatly when his healing factor began to falter over the years, spends his days working as a chauffeur and hustling for prescription drugs in Texas while he and Caliban live in an abandoned farm across the border in Mexico, where they care for a senile Charles Xavier, who had inadvertently killed several of his X-Men in a seizure-induced psychic attack a year earlier. Logan is approached by Gabriela, a nurse for Transigen who asks to escort her and an 11-year-old girl named Laura to a place in North Dakota called "Eden". After reluctantly accepting the job, Logan discovers that Gabriela has been murdered and he, Xavier, and Laura narrowly escape from Donald Pierce and the Reavers while Caliban is captured and ordered to use his mutant powers to track them. Logan and Xavier learn through a video on Gabriela's phone that Transigen was breeding children with DNA samples from several mutants, but upon completion of the "X-24" project, the children were to be put to death. Gabriela helped several children escape from the Transigen compound before smuggling Laura across the border. Furhermore, Laura is revealed to be Logan's "daughter", as she was bred with his DNA.

While staying in Oklahoma City, Logan develops skepticism over the location of Eden, as he discovers it being referenced in an X-Men comic book that Laura brought with her. The Reavers find their whereabouts, but Xavier suffers another seizure and freezes everyone at the hotel with a psychic blast. Logan injects Xavier with a suppressant before they leave the city. The trio are given shelter by a family after helping them round up their horses during a highway incident. That night, Xavier and the family are killed by X-24, a perfect clone of Logan, who then shackles Laura and heads to the Reavers' van. Caliban grabs two grenades and sets them off, killing himself and destroying the van while Logan and Laura once again escape. After burying Xavier, Logan reluctantly follows Laura's orders to take her to Eden. They arrive at Eden, which is a safe haven run by Rictor and former Transigen test subjects. There, Logan learns that the children will make an eight mile journey across the forest to the Canadian border, but they are quickly captured by the Reavers. Using a mutant serum given to him by Rictor, a re-energized Logan plows through the Reavers, but the serum wears off quickly before he meets Zander Rice, the head of the Transigen project who sought to avenge his father's death during the Weapon X program. Logan kills Rice while the children overwhelm Pierce with their powers, but he is outmatched by X-24. He is impaled through a tree during the fight, but Laura shoots X-24 in the head with an Adamantium bullet, which Logan had kept with him for years. After Logan succumbs to his wounds, Laura and the children bury him before continuing their journey across the border. As they all leave, Laura returns to Logan's grave, removes the cross, and places it on its side to create an X, honoring Logan as the last of the X-Men.



In November 2013, it was reported that 20th Century Fox had begun negotiations with both actor Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold to return for a third solo film starring Wolverine.[4] Mangold is negotiating now to write the treatment for the film with Lauren Shuler Donner returning to produce.[5] Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine. David James Kelly was hired to write the script for the film.[6]


In March 2014, James Mangold announced that shooting for the The Wolverine sequel will be inspired by other Wolverine stories from the comic books and will begin after the release of Bryan Singer's, X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Box Office tweeted that the film will be released on March 3, 2017.[7][8][9][10][11] On March 21, 2014, David James Kelly is announced to write the film's script and Jackman had confirmed to once again reprise his role as Wolverine.[6]

It was also announced that this film will be the last time Hugh Jackman portrays Wolverine in a solo role, and as a leading character.[12][13][14][15][4]

In February 2015 and Patrick Stewart confirmed his involvement in the film as Professor X, while stating that he will not be featured in X-Men: Apocalypse.[16][17]

In March 2015, Mangold anticipated filming would start "early next year."[18]

In August 2015, Stewart revealed that he would have a significant role in the film.[19]

In September 2015, Liev Schreiber, who portrayed Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and discussed the possibility of reprising his role as Sabretooth in the film, though stated he had yet to be contacted by the production.[20]

In January 2016, Jackman confirmed that a screenplay was close to completion, but did not know when filming will begin.[21]

In February 2016 a leaked image suggested that Fox may consider going for an R rating.[22] Simon Kinberg revealed to Collider that filming as already started and it will be an R rated film.[23] During the same month, Liev Schreiber said that he was in talks to reprise his role in the sequel. Schreiber reiterated interest in being the film, to MTV News at the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet, and confirmed that he had been in talks to reprise the role of Sabretooth in some capacity.[24][25][26][27][28] [29][30]

By April 2016, Boyd Holbrook was cast in the film to play an unnamed relentless and intense head of security for the Essex Corporation,[31] while Richard E. Grant was revealed to have been cast as an as-of-yet unnamed mad scientist.[32] In the same month, Simon Kinberg stated that the film would be set in the future.[33] Towards the end of the month, Stephen Merchant was cast in an unspecified role.[34] Production for the film will begin on April 25, 2016 with shooting locations in New Orleans and New Mexico.[35]

In May 2016, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal were cast in unspecified roles.[36][37] On May 9, 2016, Kinberg said filming had begun. Kinberg says the film "takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film."[23] Also in May, Elizabeth Rodriguez was in negotiations to join the cast.[38]


On July 25, 2016, it was reported that filming had begun in the Northern Meadows neighborhood of Rio Rancho, while a few miles further down King Boulevard there is an elaborate set built with a toppled water tower, that will be used for exterior shots until June 27, 2016.

On August 11, 2016, it was reported that the production of Juarez were in the process of seeking worn out cars to work on an upcoming scene filmed on August 12, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In Late August 2016, filming for Wolverine 3 wrapped.[39][40]


The title Logan was announced by Jackman on October 5, 2016.[41] During the same month, Boyd Holbrook was revealed to be portraying Donald Pierce, leader of the Reavers,[42] with Sienna Novikov portraying Laura Kinney/X-23,[43] and Richard E Grant portraying Doctor Zander Rice. However, when the trailer for Logan was released it was revealed that Dafne Keen would be the actress portraying the character and not Sienna Novikov. Although Sienna Novikov will not portray X-23, she will instead perform stunts for the character.

In January 2017, James Mangold revealed that Nathaniel Essex/Mister Sinister won't be appearing in Logan, despite Bryan Singer's previous claims that the villain would be making an appearance in the film.[44]



Clips and featurettes


Logan is thematically based on the Old Man Logan storyline written by Mark Millar. In a post-apocalyptic future, a broken and pacifistic Logan lives with his family on a farm in California. The superheroes of the world are dead, killed when the supervillains united as a cohesive force. America is under their rule, divided into territories. Logan lives under Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk, and his in-bred family of Hulks. When Logan cannot pay his rent, his family are threatened. Needing money quickly, he accepts a job from the now blind Clint Barton to travel cross country to deliver a package. The film is not a direct adaptation, as many of the comic characters are not available for use in the X-Men films due to rights issues.


  • Hugh Jackman was 99.9% sure that this will be his last appearance as Wolverine on screen. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role.[45][46] He also said that having a discussion with Jerry Seinfeld played a part in retiring the character, as Jerry talked generally about how he wanted to make sure he never got to a point with his TV show where audiences were weary of seeing it anymore and basically saying "oh, it's you again", and Jackman felt he was fortunate to have avoided this for Wolverine and wanted to ensure it never happened.
    • Jackman later redacted this statement, claiming that after viewing Michael Keaton's performance in Birdman he was inspired, and that he wishes to portray the character 'until his death'.[47][48] Despite this, the film is being promoted as the last time Jackman will feature in the role. Following that news, on March 28, 2015, Jackman posted on his Instagram, "Wolverine… One Last Time."[49] He also hinted at the film being an adaptation of the Old Man Logan comic storyline, which was confirmed by the story's writer, Mark Millar.[50]
      • In spite of Jackman's comments and the film's promotion, Ryan Reynolds revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he is attempting to convince Jackman to renew his contract for a Wolverine/Deadpool crossover film. He urged fans join the campaign by making their desire for such a project known online.[51][52][53][54] In February 2017, Jackman said he has made up his mind and he won't be appearing in a Deadpool sequel.[55]
  • On October 16, 2016, Hugh Jackman tweeted another released teaser photo, hinting at the retirement of his character, Wolverine himself.[56]
  • The story is mainly inspired by Old Man Logan, where an elderly Logan goes on a quest in a desolate Wild West future.[57][58] However, that story involved characters from throughout the Marvel Comics (Hawkeye, the Hulk, Red Skull), whereas this adaptation will only feature X-Men characters due to rights issues.
    • The title of the film, "Logan", is a reference to Mark Millar's graphic novel "Old Man Logan," and was deliberately chosen to form an opposite from The Wolverine.
    • The film will also be an adaptation of Alpha Flight[59], Mutant Massacre, and X-23.
  • Hugh Jackman was hungover when he came up with the idea for Logan. When he was done doing press for the film Chappie, director Neill Blomkamp asked what was next for Wolverine and Hugh had no idea currently. After having a few glasses of wine he fell asleep, woke up at 4 in the morning and grabbed a recorder and summed up that Wolverine 3 would be a mix of Unforgiven, The Wrestler and Shane. These 3 movies would be the basis of the story/idea/theme behind the next (and last) Wolverine film.
  • The Reavers will appear as the film's villains.[28]
  • The film will take place in the future, but in the far future that was established in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • Although it's the 3rd and final film in the Wolverine trilogy, the film will act as a reboot rather than a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine as it exists in the revised timeline established by X-Men: Days of Future Past.
      • Hugh Jackman suggested in an interview following the release of the second trailer that Logan will take place in a different universe than the revised timeline, similar to how the original comic, Old Man Logan took place in a separate timeline from Earth 616. However, James Mangold confirmed that Logan will take place in the revised timeline. Patrick Stewart furthered this in an interview with, stating "It's not another timeline, it's not another universe. The world has just...moved on, and we've been left behind".
  • It is the 10th Feature Film of the X-Men Film series.
    • Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class, his face on the cover of the "Sexiest Man Alive" People issue in Deadpool, and his Alkali Lake rampage in X-Men: Apocalypse, this film will be Hugh Jackman's 10th, and, if not, final time portraying Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
  • Logan is the first Marvel superhero movie to have a title with a name of the alter-ego of a superhero. Previous examples, from DC, include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel.
  • X-23, the clone of Wolverine, will make her big screen debut in the film.[60]
    • In the post credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse, a group of men in suits are shown invading the Weapon X facility and stealing a vial that says "Weapon X", and placing it in a suitcase labeled Essex Corporation. This confirms that Laura Kinney, aka X-23, will be seen in Logan, and possible future movies.[61][62]
    • The character, X-23 debuted in the X-Men Evolution cartoon and is currently (2017) Wolverine in Marvel comics.
  • Bryan Cranston has publicly expressed interest in the role for Nathaniel Essex. [63]
  • This film, already mentioned to be shooting for an R rating, will be released exactly 17 years after the first X-Men film in 2000.
    • It was believed that after the success of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However it was confirmed in an interview with X-men Producer Simon Kinberg, that this was not the case and the R rating was always going to happen.
    • Director James Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut because he wanted to do an R-rated movie. This pay cut and the success of Deadpool was what convinced the producer to do an R-rated movie.
  • It was reported that director James Mangold tweeted new teaser trailers for the film on social media.[64]
  • This is the last film in which Sir Patrick Stewart will play Professor X.[65]
    • This is the first Wolverine-centric film where Patrick Stewart plays a major, credited role. His appearances in the previous Wolverine films were brief, uncredited cameos.
    • Logan was thought to be the last film in which Sir Patrick Stewart will play Professor X, but later he stated his interest to reprise his role in future X-Men movies. However, during the Logan screening in Berlin, Patrick Stewart announced that he will be retiring from his role as Charles Xavier following Logan.[66]
  • Stephen Merchant announced his participation in the film by posting an Instagram picture which showed him with a freshly-shaven bald head and having a "Wolverine 3" tagline, though the post did not mention his character's name or any other specifics about his role. Later footage and notes revealed he is a kind-hearted mutant named Caliban who is taking care of an aging and very ill Professor Charles Xavier.
    • Stephen Merchant is the second actor to portray the mutant Caliban, after Tómas Lemarquis in X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Both Hugh Jackman and Richard E. Grant have starred in a Dracula movie. Jackman was in Van Helsing and Grant was in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • As revealed in the Sunseeker promo, Logan uses his real name, James Howlett, as an alias in the film. This marks the first time the character's full name has ever been stated in the film series, as previously his first name had only been used by Victor Creed, John Howlett, Elizabeth Howlett, and Thomas Logan in Origins, and Gwen, the woman Logan was guarding in Days of Future Past.
  • In a video featurette for The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman states that  "the great battle, I always thought with Wolverine, is the battle within himself" [67], this inner conflict is a theme in Logan and in when questioned on the personal tone of the film in Empire magazine [68] Jackman goes on to say "That's always been really his dilemma, coming to terms with who he is". This theme is personified by X-24 with one of the screenwriters, Scott Frank, saying "It was an interesting thing — for him to be confronted with himself. It reminds him of what he once was." [69]
  • Director James Mangold said Logan will have a more "human" feel, relying very little on CGI and green screens.
  • In the Official trailer, in the scene where Logan is seen drinking at a graveyard, one of the graves has the surname "Peters" written on it. It is a reference to the actor Evan Peters, who portrays Quicksilver in the X-Men films.
    • The trailer includes the song "Hurt" is a cover performed by Johnny Cash. Originally written and released by the band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral. The cover attracted praise from Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor for its "sincerity and meaning". In addition, "Hurt" is said to be about living with depression and pain and emotional isolation. James Mangold, this film's director, directed the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. When asked why he chose the song for the trailer, he said "It was to set itself apart from other superhero movies". He has revealed that Logan will have a more "human" feel to it as it focuses on an old and hurting Logan in the future where the mutants are dying off.
  • The "Red Band Trailer" was actually a unofficially released trailer with the added bonus of a grainy clip of Wolverine/Logan stabbing a man in the head. The grainy clip was a small clip that was still being filmed with no polished and fully rendered CGI.
  • In the second trailer, after Logan leaves the gas station, the track played is "Way down we go" by the Icelandic band Kaleo.
  • This film is the second longest X-Men film, behind X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Logan is the second X-Men film with the following factors:
    • To have its world premiere at a major film festival (Berlin). The first is X-Men: The Last Stand, which premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
    • To use a Jim Croce song, specifically "I Got A Name" (playing in the convenience store when Laura is shoplifting). The previous was "Time In A Bottle" in X-Men Days of Future Past, during Quicksilver's slow-mo sequence.
    • To be an R-rated movie in the X-Men film series after Deadpool.
  • It is also the second comic book film Lennie Loftin has appeared in. The first was Daredevil where he portrayed Detective Nick Manolis.
  • Richard E. Grant is the fourth Game of Thrones actor to join the X-Men series after Peter Dinklage, Ed Skrein and Sophie Turner.
  • This is the third collaboration between Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold. Having previously worked together on 'Kate & Leopold' and 'The Wolverine'.
  • The release date of Logan is set for March 3. Numerically, that is 3/3, which could be a reference of the titular superhero Wolverine's two sets of 3 claws.
  • This is the first X-Men film to reference the fact that Wolverine's healing factor also prevents him from dying of adamantium poisoning.
  • Logan's loss of his self-healing ability and an ailing Professor Xavier hints at the fates of the characters at the end of the movie.
  • In the first act of the film, Xavier mentions Logan's history as a "cage fighter" and the events of "Liberty Island" from the first X-Men film, and can be heard mumbling about "Paris", meaning Xavier is remembering both timelines. It's possible that the revised timeline Logan also became a cage fighter before joining the X-Men, as well as the events of Liberty Island happening being a "set event" so to speak.
  • In the film, Logan never refers to Weapon X or Department H by their names, preferring to call them "Alkali". It's possible he never learned of Department H, or just called them Alkali as it might've been easier to Xavier to understand.


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