Spoiler warning: This article discusses the ending of Logan in detail.
Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her… tell her everything’s all right. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.
Woof. It’s safe to say that many tears were shed this past weekend, as Logan bowed to huge numbers at the box office and X-Fans around the world poured out some frosty Canadian brews for their homey, Wolverine.
While there was a ton of speculation that Hugh Jackman’s very public stance that this would be his last movie in the series could mean the death of his seemingly immortal character, the reality wasn’t any easier to accept.
As fitting and poetic as the end may have been for Logan, his death at the hands of his clone X-24 does leave several unanswered questions about the series going forward. Wolverine is by far the most popular character within the X-Men universe. Can Fox really afford to move ahead without their star? And if they choose to do so, how long will he really stay away? After all, we are talking about comic book stories, and death is never really the end. It’s more like a sabbatical.
And what about the incredibly badass X-23, a.k.a. Laura, played by the wildly impressive Dafne Keen? Could she be the future of the moniker? It wouldn’t be that outlandish for a new Wolverine movie to star Laura in a post-Logan setting with her new band of mutant friends. That would be in keeping trends led by the new Star Wars films to reposition known franchises with women in the lead roles. Or maybe there’s a spot for her in an already-developing project like X-Force or New Mutants.
For now, there seem to be no clear answers. A source close to the production told EW that nothing has been officially decided about the future of Wolverine. There have been early discussions about the idea of recasting the part for the 1980s and 1990s eras being explored in the main X-Men franchise movies (the timelines established in Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, and the upcoming Supernova), with no decision having been reached.
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Considering the reception that Logan has received, though, it does seem unlikely that Fox will rush to bring Wolverine back. That kind of return undermines the stakes of Logan‘s finale.
As for Laura, you can expect to see her in the future, though when and where exactly have yet to be decided. What is more clear, however, is that she will not inherit the moniker of “Wolverine” from her daddy.
Oh god, why did I have to write “daddy”?
I need a second.