WARNING: Major spoilers ahead for Logan. If you haven't seen the movie yet, this will spoil the ending.
Logan is being called masterful by both critics and fans, and it's poised to make a killing in the box office. This success doesn't come with a price however, as the ending was a heartbreaker.
Logan was finally laid to rest, and fans spent the time following the film to mourn the loss of the longest-tenured movie hero of all time.
Yes, Logan died. While that's pretty straight-forward, there was a lot going on surrounding the film's finale. Outside of the obvious, there were three main points of symbolism in those last couple of scenes.
First, the fact that Logan's ultimate killer was a clone of himself was a very big deal. Throughout the character's entire run his biggest fight was with the demons inside of him. He could never seem to escape his dark past, although he was constantly trying.
Earlier in the film, Logan talks a lot about killing himself. He claims he could never live with himself because of the terrible things he'd done.
X-24 was a direct clone of Logan, and one that seemed to resemble the more classic look of Wolverine. This was symbolizing Logan's past finally catching up with him, and taking his life just like he had discussed.
Second, Logan's ending saw the character finally live up to the potential that Charles saw in him from day one. At the beginning of the first X-Men film, Xavier revealed that he knew Wolverine would one day be a leader. While we saw that in the other films, Logan saw the character truly step in, and take Charles' place as a savior of mutants.
The kids in the forest were the only mutants left in the world, and they had no one to lead them. Logan stepped in and gave of himself - something he never enjoyed doing - in order to see them get to safety. The entire mutant-race depended on Logan, and he stepped up to the challenge.
The third and final symbolic moment in the film came in the very last scene. As the children walked away from Logan's grave, Laura turned back to say one final goodbye. In perhaps the saddest scene of the film, the young girl took the makeshift cross out of the ground, and turned it on it's side. A single X sat at the head of the hero's grave.
This was obviously pretty sad because he's the face of the X-Men, but the symbol goes a little bit deeper than that. Jackman was the last actor from the original X-Men still portraying his character. That simple cross signified the end of the X-Men as we know it, and the ushering in of a brand new era of mutants in film.
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In 2029, 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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