WARNING: Major spoilers ahead for Logan!
Logan is crushing the box office during its opening weekend, and for good reason. The movie is being considered the quintessential Wolverine character study, and many are calling it one of the best comic book movies of all time.
Part of the reason that the film is getting such high praise, is director James Mangold decided to make it a nearly-standalone film. Sure, it may connect to the other films in the X-Men universe, but it didn't worry about holding up a timeline or setting up for a new movie. Logan existed on its own, and that allowed it to become a truly phenomenal piece of art.
However, Mangold & Co. still did well by longtime X-Men fans. The team found ways to hide small clues and Easter Eggs throughout the film, especially references back to Wolverine's previous films.
If you watch the film carefully, you'll notice a call-back to a character that was briefly visited in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. For just a split-second, there was a reference to Bolt, played by Dominic Monaghan.
When Logan was flipping through the files of the children in the X-23 program, he saw the names of a couple of the mutants whose DNA was used in the experiments. One file contained the real name of the electricity-wielding mutant that was part of William Stryker's original team - Christopher Bradley.
Logan goes by the name James Howlett in the film, the same name he was known as when he joined the Weapon X Program all those years ago. The same name he was known as when he fought alongside Bradley. The use of these names made it clear that this definitely the character being referenced.
Sure enough, the child in question had an uncanny ability to produce electricity - just like his father.
That wasn't the only character referenced in the X-23 files. The classic character Avalanche was mentioned as the father of Rictor.
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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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