You might have noticed people staying in the movie theater when Logan’s credits began rolling. You might have even stayed yourself, waiting to see if it included a post-credit scene common among many superhero films as of late.
Sorry to those who sat through it all, but at least you got to recognize the contributions of the crew and cast to such an amazing film! See, silver linings and all of that jazz.
Logan contained no such post-credit scene; no teaser hinting at a future X-Men film, no epilogue to expand upon the brilliant final shot, and fans responded in kind by rating it their #1 favorite film on ComicBook.com's rankings.
And while the lack of a stinger might have left some fans disappointed, it was never in the cards to begin with according to the film’s director James Mangold.
While speaking with the Toronto Sun about the film, he spoke about avoiding clichés typical to the modern superhero films.
“The only way we came out with a different movie was trying to do it differently. So I was pretty fanatical about saying, ‘If this is how these other movies are doing it, we’re going the other way.’ If there’s normally a cameo or an end-credit scene, we’re not doing that. That’s essentially turning it into a product that has to come out of the widget machine the same way every time and that’s not how the best movies are going to get made... in any genre.”
Mangold elaborated with an apt analogy to the rigid formats many studios force upon their films to varying degrees of success.
“The second it’s like, ‘Well, you’re supposed to serve cheesecake at the end of the meal,’ my response is, ‘Really? Is that the new rule? I can’t serve dinner at my house without cheesecake at the end?’ That’s a good enough reason not to do it.”
He elaborated, asking what post-credit stingers are more than “ads for another movie?”
“We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms. There was nothing else to say, because we had said it. I didn’t make Cop Land and put a post-credit scene in there. I didn’t make Walk the Line, and then after the credits put in one extra song with Reese (Witherspoon) and Joaquin (Phoenix).”
Mangold finally made a superhero film that he could be wholly proud of, and the box office has responded in kind. Logan, along with Deadpool, may have shifted the paradigm to allow for more R-rated flavors in the superhero genre.
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In Logan, in the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, from a story by Mangold, and also stars Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen.
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