Logan is a 2017 American superhero moviestarring Hugh Jackman in his final performance. It is the tenth movie in the X-Men film series and the third and final installment in the Wolverine trilogy, following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013). Inspired by the comic book story “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the movie follows an old Wolverine and terminally ill Charles Xavier as they defend young mutant Laura from the villainous Reavers led by Donald Pierce and Zander Rice.
The movie is produced by 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, and The Donners’ Company and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Green and Scott Frank, based on a story by Mangold. In addition to Jackman, the movie also stars Richard E. Grant, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, and Dafne Keen.
Logan ultimately ends with the title character’s death in a poignant moment of self-sacrifice. After centuries of being protected by his healing factor, Logan is finally confronted with his own mortality, and it’s a much more bittersweet ending than originally expected from the superhero movie.
In 2029, no mutants have been born in 25 years, and an aging Logan suffers as his ability to heal fails. He works as a limousine driver in El Paso, Texas, and together with mutant tracker Caliban, they care for 90-year-old Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men, in an abandoned smelter in northern Mexico. Xavier suffers from dementia, which causes him to have destructive telepathic seizures that injured 600 people and killed several X-Men a year ago.
Logan reluctantly agrees to accompany Gabriela López, a former nurse for the biotechnology corporation Alkali-Transigen, and a young girl named Laura to Eden, a supposed sanctuary near the US-Canada border. After finding Gabriela dead, Logan is confronted by her killer, Donald Pierce, who is Transigen’s cyborg head of security. Pierce is looking for Laura, who has hidden in Logan’s limo and has similar powers to him. She, Logan, and Xavier escape Pierce and his Reavers, but Caliban is captured.
Pierce tortures Caliban into following Laura. Xavier and Logan watch a video made by Gabriela on her phone, which reveals that the Transigen created Laura and the other children from mutant DNA to become weapons. The children proved difficult to control and were to be executed, but Gabriela and the other sisters helped some to escape. Xavier reveals to Logan that Laura was created from Logan’s DNA and calls her Logan’s daughter.
In Oklahoma City, Logan discovers that Eden appears in Laura’s X-Men comic and tells her it’s fictional. The Reavers arrive, but Xavier suffers a seizure that incapacitates everyone except Logan and Laura, who kill the attackers and inject Xavier with his medicine. As they flee, Dr. Zander Rice, head of Transigen, helps Pierce.
Logan, Laura, and Xavier help farmer Will Munson, and his family after a car accident and accept an offer of dinner at their home, where Logan drives the enforcers out of the corporate farm. Rice unleashes X-24, a clone of Logan in his prime created as Transigen’s ultimate weapon. X-24 murders Will’s family and Xavier before capturing Laura. Caliban fires grenades, killing himself and several Reavers, but injuring only Pierce. Logan is overpowered by the X-24, but Will pins the X-24 with his truck before he dies from his injuries. Logan and Laura escape with Xavier’s body.
After Xavier’s funeral, Logan passes out. Laura takes him to the doctor and convinces him to prove that the place in North Dakota is not Eden. There they find Rictor and other transgenic children preparing to cross to Canada. Laura finds the adamantium bullet that Logan has been carrying since he escaped from the Weapon X facility, which he once considered using to commit suicide. Logan decides not to accompany them, much to Laura’s dismay.
When the Reavers ambush the children, Logan overdoses on a serum given to him by Rictor that temporarily enhances his healing abilities and boosts his strength. With Laura’s help, he kills most of the Reavers before the serum wears off. While Pierce holds Rictor at gunpoint, Rice tells Logan, who killed Rice’s father at the Weapon X facility years ago,[and] that no new mutants have been born due to the genetically engineered crops created by Transigen and distributed through the world’s food supply.
Logan, finding the gun, shoots Rice and injures Pierce. X-24 fights Logan while the kids join forces to kill Pierce and the remaining Reavers. Rictor uses his powers to flip the truck onto X-24, but breaks free and impales Logan on a large tree branch. Laura loads Logan’s revolver with an adamantium bullet and shoots X-24 in the head, killing him.
Before dying, Logan tells Laura not to become the weapon she was created to be, and after she tearfully recognizes him as her father, Logan dies peacefully in Laura’s arms. She and the kids bury Logan, and before they leave, Laura tilts the cross on his gravestone to form an X, honoring him as the last of the X-Men.
Logan Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Two of the traits most associated with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine are his fiery nature and his penchant for escalating situations to violence. During his many appearances in the role, these traits defined his stories almost as much as his healing factor or his adamantium claws, making them an integral part of Jackman’s Wolverine. However, in the future, Logan tried to move on from this chapter of his life, only to find that his violent past had caught up with him.
The journey Logan takes its titular hero on is an emotional and painful journey of self-reflection and responsibility (both personal and towards others). That the film ended with him being the victim after giving up violence for the last time was a fitting end for the character, and having him finally die fighting for his legacy was the perfect ending for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Although his death was brutal, it proves that the character was always a hero regardless of his abilities and that when it mattered most, he fought (and eventually died) for what he believed in.
One burning question that many have after Logan’s credits roll concerns the hero’s ultimate fate. Of course, his death scene is explicit in this regard, and the burial suggests that it lasts at least several hours. However, the range of the character’s healing factor theoretically allows her to return.
Logan’s story demonstrates that his healing factor has greatly diminished, but not completely disappeared. That’s ultimately what makes Wolverine’s death possible in Logan, but there are a number of creative ways Jackman’s character could be brought back to life. However, any of that would undermine the purpose of Logan’s story, and ultimately the film (and Jackman’s insistence that he’s done with Wolverine) makes it clear that Logan’s death is final.
One of the most prevalent themes in Logan is legacy. The movie sees a near-immortal hero forced to come to terms with his own mortality, and much of it is about coming to terms with his legacy of violence. His struggle with his past and his attempts to transform himself into a more responsible person go against his nature, but he strives to secure a legacy of something more than violence. What’s more, Logan is also about the legacy of Charles Xavier and how both Professor X and Wolverine will ultimately find their redemption as they help the next generation find their way.
The biggest way Logan establishes this theme is by introducing Laura and X-24. Both characters can be seen as contrasting elements of Logan’s legacy: Laura represents the hope for something pure and innocent, while X-24 represents the mindless violence that has defined much of Logan’s life.
Logan’s conflict with X-24 ultimately results in the death of Professor X, meaning Xavier is forced to come to terms with his own legacy of violence that has caught up with him. Later, Logan does the same and secures a better legacy by fighting for the right reasons one last time.