Whenever a new X-Men film releases in theaters, fans are always on the lookout for some cameos from some of the lesser known mutants from the comics.
As they should be. There are so many memorable characters throughout the franchise’s long history that even if a mutant pops up for a minor appearance it’s considered a big deal.
Plus, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have been teasing at a proper Deadpool and Wolverine team up for so long since X-Men Origins, maybe the latest and last film in Wolvy’s franchise would finally provide it.
But when speaking with We Got It Covered, Logan director James Mangold revealed that superfluous mutant appearances were hard to fit in to the near-mutantless world of his film. However, that’s not to say he didn’t have ideas to do it.
“There were times early on in the story where I played with the idea of Hugh coming along, and I don’t want to give away anything, but I played with there being an underground railroad where there were a couple of other mutants that he met on the journey,” Mangold said. “It always seemed to detract from the loneliness of the story though and became a kind of cameo.”
While the tone might work for a film based at the Xavier school, where many mutants populate the hallways and classrooms, it just didn’t work for the tone established in Logan.
“Still, there was always a curiosity. I’m so cautious of it though, despite how much fans want it to happen,” Mangold added. “You find these moments where you’re trying to please people and write these scenes where they’ll bump into somebody but it always just seems like an awkward cameo unless you can make it fit organically and the character is integral to the story.”
From the moment this film was announced, Mangold and Jackman seemed adamant to serving the story and giving the character the sendoff he deserved. It’s encouraging to see that the filmmakers did not compromise on their vision, especially considering how the parent studios can often interfere with those kinds of decisions.
But Mangold’s Logan is the experience it is because of its insular approach to the character, isolated from the rest of the franchise for good reason.
Let’s just hope Reynolds stopped by the set and they filmed a scene for Deadpool 2, instead.
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Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold is directing and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.
In 2024 the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine.
She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins … In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.
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