Logan is hacking, slashing, and clawing its way through the box-office with its arsenal of powerful performances, gripping storylines, and a good amount of unfiltered berserker rage. This is the Wolverine movie that we’ve all been clamoring for, and it couldn’t have come to a more bittersweet end. I’ve seen the film three times now and, needless to say, I love every second of it. But because the movie takes place in 2029, there are a lot of questions left unanswered in the film, and while I don’t need every detail in a movie spelled out for me, I’d love for some of these questions to be given an explanation in a possible sequel to Logan… if that’s ever going to happen.
Keep in mind that this post is chock-full of SPOILERS so if you haven’t seen Logan… Bookmark this page, go watch the movie, and then come back to read this rundown. So much of the film’s past is shrouded in mystery, and while that’s part of the fun of it all, I feel like the filmmakers could come up with some pretty awesome explanations to some of these queries if they wanted to. There are stories to be told here, and I’m just hoping they tell them someday.
15 When Did Logan Start Losing His Healing Abilities?
Let’s start off with one of the biggest question marks in Logan. We know that Logan is being poisoned by the adamantium skeleton that’s inside him, which in a cruel and ironic way means that he’s slowly being killed by the same thing that makes him the Wolverine, but when did he start to lose the ability to withstand the metal in the first place? Back when he was much younger, Logan’s ability to rapidly heal from any given wound or damage to his body made him an ideal candidate for the Weapon X program. His body was able to bond with the adamantium coating on his skeleton because his healing abilities were constantly suppressing any complications that may arise due to the foreign metal. This ability also means that Logan is possibly 200 years old in the movie, because he ages slower than a normal person. But, whatever it was that eradicated all the mutants clearly diminished Logan’s ability to heal as well, causing his age to slowly catch up and his body to lose its immunity towards the adamantium. But what happened?
We’re never given any real explanation in the movie other than Dr. Rice’s reveal about Canewood and how the modified food substance caused the extinction of mutant kind. This brings us to the obvious next question…
14 Who Killed All The X-Men?
No really, what happened to all the X-Men? There are two separate glimpses into the past here, and while they may be correlated, both tell a very different story. On one end you have the fact that mutants are on the brink of extinction, and we later learn that the nefarious Dr. Rice tampered with the most common stream of food supply to subtly attack the mutant genome without the homosuperior race ever suspecting it. By biologically tweaking with food on a cellular level, he was able to wipe out nearly every mutant on the planet without actually waging an all-out war against them. So that’s one explanation.
Another disturbing peek into the past happens during one of the film’s most poignant moments, when Professor Charles Xavier confides in Logan about how he remembers the infamous “Westchester incident”, and how he “did something terrible” to all the X-Men. Keep in mind, Xavier's "school for the gifted" is located in Salem, Westchester. Director James Mangold has gone on record saying that early drafts of the film showed Xavier accidentally killing all the X-Men during one of his seizures, but that only explains a portion of the story. Why did he have those seizures in the first place, and how does it correlate to the mutant extinction crisis? We know hundreds of lives were lost thanks to a report on the radio, but was it solely because of Professor X's mental condition? Were his mutant abilities damaged by the Dr. Rice’s “Canewood project” which, in turn, caused him to accidentally kill everyone? Or was he somehow manipulated into sending such powerful mental shockwaves that it destroyed everyone? This naturally brings us to our next question...
13 What’s Wrong With Professor X?
It’s made clear from the moment he’s introduced that he isn’t the man he once was; rambling on about Taco Bell and all sorts of incoherent nonsense. Although there are a few clues peppered throughout the movie regarding Xavier’s condition, there’s no definite answer as to what exactly is wrong with the once revered mutant. Dr. Rice, the puppeteer-like leader of The Reavers, uses terms like “ALS” and “Alzheimer’s” when inquiring about Charles Xavier’s degenerative condition… while Pierce, the bulldog-like pack leader of the same group of mutant hunters, hints that the government has classified Xavier’s brain as a “weapon of mass destruction" - something that we see tiny glimpses of twice in the film, when the former leader of the X-Men has his seizures.
It’s hard to say what happened to Professor X in the 12 years from now till 2029 that Logan doesn’t cover. Did he have a mental condition that caused him to do something catastrophic to his own kind… or did someone manipulate him and use him as a weapon, which in turn fried his senses and ultimately broke him? There are a couple of other clues in the following points, but I doubt we’ll ever get to see what truly happened to Professor Charles Xavier.
12 Are There More X-24's Being Cloned Right Now?
One of the most shocking twists in Logan was the emergence of X-24; a biological adult clone of Logan that’s younger, stronger, identical with all the bells and whistles, and fueled by nothing but pure, unapologetic, animalistic rage! In a metaphorical sense, it's almost barbarically poetic, Logan finally came face to face with the animal that he has been trying to escape all his life... now made into flesh, blood, and metal.
This whole scenario begs the question… are there more X-24's being cloned right now? We see that Dr. Rice is able to “cure” X-24’s wounds with a simple serum injected into the bloodstream, and we know that Laura AKA X-23 herself is a clone of Logan, so what’s stopping them from creating more X-24's or others like him? Of course, Dr. Rice won’t be able to oversee the project anymore for obvious reasons, but some dodgy slimebag is sure to step up, and whoever is handling the underground initiative now must be creating an army of Wolverines in a lab somewhere, right? Logan himself says at the end of the film that “they won’t stop coming”. Does this mean we’ll get to see X-24 again in a movie? Wait… does this mean we’ll still get to see Hugh Jackman in a movie, only not as Wolverine, but X-24 instead?!
11 What’s Across The Border?
Or rather, who’s across the border? Why were the nurses and the children so convinced that there was a safe haven just across the border, presumably in Canada? It’s possible that whoever drew the X-Men comics in the film had knowledge of safe spots across the world, and probably left coordinates in there as a guide to the (fellow) mutants. That’s one theory. Or maybe life imitated art and the mutants who were on the brink of extinction took inspiration from the comics and set up safe havens according to the stories, turning legend into reality. Of course, the most obvious idea is that the people who planned the X-23 escape in Mexico set up these safe spots, knowing full well that the kids would remember where these locations were because of the comics. But that still doesn’t answer who’s waiting for them just beyond the border, and it also doesn’t explain why The Reavers have no jurisdiction there.
If we’re taking hints from Old Man Logan, it could be Emma Frost, one of the last surviving mutants who sets up a sanctuary for the last of her kind. Or maybe it’s Magneto (or someone inspired by him), who has set up a Genosha-like lockdown that’s impossible to infiltrate by the Reavers or anyone else like them.
10 Who Are The Parents of all The Other Experimental Kids?
We know that Logan is the biological father of Laura, who was born in a laboratory. But what about the other kids… whose genomes do they take after? When Logan is flipping through the lab documents that lists Laura’s “source” as “James Howlett” (i.e. Logan), we also see another familiar name on one of the files: Chris Bradley. As obscure as that may sound, Bradley is a mutant who also goes by the name “Bolt”, and although it sucks to know that director James Mangold continues to acknowledge the existence of that sh*tty movie, Bolt was the character played by Dominic Monaghan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ugh.
While I would have loved to see a “Victor Creed” somewhere, possibly hinting at a future rivalry between the children of both Wolverine and Sabertooth, we didn’t get much more than a nod to “Bolt” of all people. Speaking of obscure mutants, it was kinda cool seeing Rictor finally make his big screen debut. I can’t believe we haven’t seen Mister Sinister in live-action form yet but f*cking Rictor made it up there first. They even gave him some of that signature cockiness from the comics.
9 Who Posted Sightings of the Wolverine?
In the first half of the film, a woman by the name of Gabriella seeks the help of the Wolverine to save her “daughter”, Laura from a ravenous group of mutant hunters called The Reavers. When asked how she found him, Gabriella explains to Logan that there were posts detailing “sightings of the Wolverine”, describing him as old and tired. Now the question is, who posted these sightings?
One obvious theory from this scene is that there is a relatively large group of mutants in hiding as opposed to what we’re made to believe in the film, and there’s even a blogger-like community that keeps tabs on the whereabouts of their kind. Apparently someone spotted the Wolverine out and about and alerted the others in the community. Or as Pierce said in the back of Logan’s limo, the authorities found the severed limbs of four Mexican dudes and murmurs about the Wolverine became rumors, which eventually turned into first-person accounts of actually seeing of the legendary mutant. Gabriella was just lucky enough to track him down and ask the former X-Men for one last favor.
8 Why Didn’t The Host Family Recognize Charles and Logan as X-Men?
This might sound like I’m nitpicking, but one thing that kept bugging me was the fact that the family that hosted Logan, Charles, and Laura couldn’t recognize Logan and Charles as X-Men. It starts with a bit of chaos on the freeway, leading to Charles and Logan helping a small family of three round-up their horses. The family then invites the trio back to their home for dinner and also offers them a chance to rest for the night. Then at dinner, Logan reveals that Charles once ran a “special needs” school, which when put together with the fact that Charles is a bald man on a wheelchair, should spell out pretty clearly that he’s the infamous Charles Xavier. Also, keep in mind that Xavier is on the most-wanted list for causing mass destruction, and I’m sure the X-Men would have had some media coverage back in their day.
Now, you’re probably thinking 12 years is a long time and people tend to forget. Fine. But X-Men comic books are a real thing in this world. They are a pop-culture phenomenon. I’m just trying to understand how these people didn’t recognize at least one of the two as possibly being from the most famous group of mutants in history.
7 Who Created The X-Men Comic Books?
One of the biggest fears people had when watching trailers for Logan was that the movie would be a little too tongue-in-cheek when it came to the existence of X-Men comic books in the film. It seemed a bit ridiculous that the X-verse was suddenly self-aware and acknowledged its own source material. Thankfully the comics were weaved into the plot surprisingly well and served an actual purpose to the overall narrative, but one thing they held back on was telling us who wrote the comics in the first place.
Logan makes it sound like the Stan Lees of that reality are a bunch of sensationalists who took a few true stories and spun them into all these crazy adventures that the X-Men would have in the comics. However, it’s clear that Laura and her friends adore the comic books. A classic yellow spandex Wolverine action figure even makes an appearance at the end of the film as a fitting tribute to Hugh Jackman’s illustrious 17-year run as the character. So who wrote these comics? They could have been just regular cartoonists, or if we learned anything from X-Men: Days Of Future Past, they could be mutants just like President John F. Kennedy!
6 What Events Were The In-Film Comic Books Based On?
Speaking of the X-Men comic books in the film, Logan clearly states that only some of the events in the books actually happened, and even then they happened very differently, while the rest was all made up. Which begs the question… what are the events that actually happened before they were turned into comic book stories? Obviously Logan is talking about all the events from the previous X-Men films, but the comics could have also been based on the events that took place in those 12 years that we don’t see.
Some interesting clues from the comics include Sauron - the humanoid pterodactyl who’s also a hypnotist - on one of the covers, and we also get glimpses of Wolverine in a slightly altered version of his classic yellow suit. Were any of these based on true events? In an alternate ending to The Wolverine, we see Logan opening a case that contains his yellow suit. Could he have donned it in those 12 years? We honestly don’t know but it’s interesting to think about events in the X-Men universe that we’ll never get to see… unless they’re revealed in upcoming films.
5 How Did Logan and Charles Xavier Survive The Mutant Extinction?
In Logan, we learn that Caliban once worked for Dr. Rice and was in the same department as The Reavers – which probably explains how we was privy to Dr. Rice’s mutant extinction initiative and survived the onslaught – but we aren’t told how both Charles Xavier and Logan survived the global wipeout of mutant kind. I guess you can attribute Wolverine being alive to his uncanny healing ability, but what about Charles Xavier? We don’t really know how, why, or what happened to all the mutants… so we can’t really tell how some of them found a certain amount of immunity towards whatever it is that was killing them. It also brings up the question… why aren't the new mutants AKA Laura and her X-23 buddies dying from the same thing? Was the initiative stopped after the wipeout? Was the “poisoning” via the food stream halted after the first wave of supply to the masses?
The most logical explanation to the initial question would be that both Wolverine and Professor X are known to be extraordinarily powerful mutants. They both have abilities far beyond what is visible on a surface level, which probably means their resistance towards certain threats is extremely high.
4 Why Did Caliban Switch Sides?
Every actor in Logan did a fantastic job at bringing their characters to raw, gritty, realistic life. But one performance that really left me stunned was Stephen Merchant as Caliban, because we’ve never really seen the comedic actor take on such a demanding role. Merchant brought some much-needed depth to the role of Caliban, and I found myself really liking him on screen. Still, there was one issue in the film that wasn’t clearly addressed, and that is Caliban defecting from Dr. Rice’s team. Pierce briefly mentions that Caliban switched sides, and even asks the mutant if he found religion… to which there’s no answer. So, why did Caliban risk everything and abandon his safety in the process?
It’s pretty clear that Caliban is a good person and his conscience probably got to him. Being the mutant-tracker that he is, he probably realized one day that hundreds if not thousands of mutants had perished because of him, and he could no longer take it the amount of blood that was on his hands. At least, that’s the explanation that makes most sense. Apart from that deduction, we don’t really have a clue why Caliban decided to jump ship and risk his life. He came to serve as a caretaker to Professor Charles Xavier and never looked back… not even when he was forced to.
3 How Much More Of Wolverine’s Genome Is Left?
We know that Transigen – the lab headed by Dr. Rice that’s responsible for the X-23 project as well as many other inhumane projects in the past – possesses some of Logan’s DNA in a bunch of vials that are stored somewhere behind (what I’m assuming) are layers of protection and secrecy. But just how much of this rare and priceless sample do they have?
They had enough of the Wolverine’s genome to produce Laura – a fully functional biological female reproduction of Logan himself, as well as X-24 – an altered, berserker-infused version of Logan – but what we don’t know is how much of the stuff they have left. It’s an important question because it gives us a slight indication of what’s to come in the years after 2029. Will we see more X-24s in the future? Are there other versions of Laura being bred in various labs all around the world? Are there other children with the Wolverine genome out there? We’re never really given a clear answer which means if they were to make a sequel to this, they could still weave Wolverine’s legacy into the plot, and it’ll be interesting to see how much of Logan’s DNA comes into play.
2 How Does Logan Not Know About Canewood?
During one of the film’s relatively quieter scenes, Logan and his newfound friend Will Munson are walking to the water reservoir to fix a vandalized pipe. On their way there, we’re shown a pair of gigantic machines in the foreground harvesting corn from the fields, as Will explains their use to Logan. Apparently the company known as Canewood is in charge of harvesting the corn and turning it into syrup, which for some reason is the in-thing these days for its apparent health benefits and slimming properties. If that doesn’t sound like the contents of spam mail, I don’t know what does.
It's revealed later in the film that Dr. Rice is behind Canewood and he carried out the mutant extinction program through the production of these “health” drinks that were formulated to destroy the mutant gene. The question is, how did Logan not know about Canewood in the first place? While I wasn’t aware that the characters in the film were unsure of what killed their race, I wasn’t sure why Logan was unaware of something like Canewood if it was indeed that popular among the mainstream population.
1 Who Else Survived The Mutant Extinction?
Possibly the most important question of all is… who else survived the mutant wipeout? We know Logan and Charles Xavier are still around, and so is Caliban, but who else is out there? Unlike other X-Men films, we don’t get any cameos of familiar faces in Logan. Apart from the three adult mutants and the genetically-enhanced children, we don’t see anyone else lurking around. We know that there are more survivors. There’s a scene in the movie that shows Logan in a clinic being tended to by a doctor who says “There are so few of you left”. This clearly indicates that while mutants are barely in existence, they are still out there in the world, although few and far in between.
As mentioned above, there is a safe haven for the new mutants across the border. This either means that Canada is safe from The Reavers for whatever reason, or someone is waiting to provide these kids with a sanctuary once they cross the border. The same safe haven could also be the only remaining hub of mutants in the world, but the fact that they’re still out there and alive gives us hope that we could possibly see some familiar faces if James Mangold was to ever make a sequel to Logan in the coming years.