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We're not 100% sure on which X-Men timeline James Mangold's Logan currently sits. Trying to figure it out would give Professor X a migraine... and the presence of Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier alone makes the discussion confusing. But can you imagine how much more baffling Logan could have been if numerous X-Men from various timelines were part of the plot? But that's not the only reason why Mangold fought to avoid cluttering his second Wolverine movie -- and Hugh Jackman's last ride with the character -- with spandex-clad mutant heroes. During a recent, exclusive conversation we had with Mangold, he explained to CinemaBlend:
Logan is not, as James Mangold words it, a superhero gangbang movie. It's laser focused on the latest journey of its title hero, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who happens -- through a series of circumstances -- to be in charge of two very different mutants: an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart); and a young Laura (Dafne Keen). The X-Men are a thing of the past, for reasons I won't get into here. And the emphasis stays on Logan, so we can emotionally invest in his gripping journey... and his, alone.
Logan basically learns its lessons from the mistakes of its predecessors -- particularly X-Men: Origins -- Wolverine. That film forced in references for Deadpool, Sabertooth, Cyclops, Gambit, The Blob and more... though none of them really made any sense. They had, as James Mangold tells it, "the character development of a Warner Brothers' cartoon." Nailed it.
Logan is much better. Find out for yourself when the movieopens in theaters on March 3.
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