As one chapter ends, another begins. Deadpool 2 will soon enter production and an X-Force movie is expected to follow.
With that in mind, some fans may not have expected a certain X-Force character to show up in Logan, and especially not in the way he did.
Spoilers for Logan follow.
Logan is actually a movie packed with X-Force characters. Wolverine led and iteration of X-Force which included X-23 on the team, and Caliban was a member of Cable’s X-Force and Cyclops’ proto-X-Force tracking squad.
Those characters were all known to be appearing in Logan, of course. The character fans weren’t expecting to see was Rictor. In Logan, Rictor is a mutant created in the same program as X-23, but he has a very different history in the Marvel Comics Universe.
In Marvel Comics, Julio Richter was a born a mutant to human parents. Rictor was captured and forced to use his seismic powers by the anti-mutant organization known as the Right. He was rescued by X-Factor and taken in as their ward and trainee.
After the destruction of Xavier’s Mansion and Magneto's defection to the Hellfire Club, the New Mutants were also taken in by X-Factor. Rictor became part of the New Mutants group but left when Cable took over mentoring the team because he believed Cable had murdered his father. When Rictor learned that it was actually Stryfe, Cable’s clone, who was responsible for the murder he rejoined his friends, who had by then become the paramilitary squad called X-Force.
The Rictor of Logan shares the same seismic powers as his comic book counterpart. His origin is different, but the idea of him being a young mutant used for sinister purposes is still present. Fans probably shouldn’t expect the young actor from Logan to reprise his role in the X-Force movie, but it's one more X-Force character in the film universe’s continuity.
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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.
Logan is now playing in theaters.
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