Warning: major SPOILERS for Logan are ahead!
Wolverine struggled with himself in more ways than one in Logan. Along with having to deal with his failing healing factor after nearly two centuries of walking the Earth, the clawed mutant also had to fight a animalistic clone of himself called X-24. X-24's inclusion came as a complete surprise after Donald Pierce, Zander Rice and the Reavers had been advertised as Logan's villains, but when Hugh Jackman was initially pitched on him playing the clone, he wasn't keen on the idea because he believed it wouldn't be satisfying to audiences. Jackman explained:
Despite director James Mangold's assurances that using X-24 in Logan was a good creative decision, Hugh Jackman admitted that for a while he continued to ask the director if they could keep "exploring" other directions to take the R-rated movie. Jackman didn't succeed with that request, but after making some slight changes to X-24's appearance, seeing how audiences would hate the clone after he killed Professor X and being satisfied with how "berserker" the actual Wolverine managed to be, Jackman was satisfied with how the Logan team handled this plot twist. He added in his Collider interview:
X-24 was grown by Transigen using Wolverine's blood and DNA acquired from his rampage through Weapon X in X-Men: Apocalypse. As a younger version of Wolverine without any of his humanity, X-24 left a trail of bodies in its wake. He was eventually killed by Laura, a.k.a. X-23, with an adamantium bullet, but by that point, the clone had already fatally wounded Wolverine, and the hero died soon after. Jackman also expressed amazement at how X-24's appearance in Logan managed to stay a secret up until the movie's release, and commended the cast and crew for not "spilling the beans."
Logan is now available on Digital HD, and it will be released on Blu-ray Tuesday, May 23.
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