[SPOILER WARNING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN LOGAN. THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS]
In a recent press junket covered by MovieFone, Director James Mangold revealed that the original story treatment for his latest film, LOGAN, painted a much more grim picture for our mutant heroes.
Mangold went on to say the story treatment given to Patrick Stewart had a different opening to Hugh Jackman’s last ride as the titular character. Mangold says (about the opening)
“The idea was– all (or most of) the X-Men were dead. And that Charles had accidentally killed them.”
Mangold went into greater detail of the opening, providing a grim and disturbing picture of what had become of Professor X and his X-Men:
“I had an opening where Logan comes into [Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters] and finds that a tragedy has occurred. He would have found certain X-Men, and Charles at the center of it.”
So there you have it. Although not explicitly said in the film, Charles Xavier is responsible for the death of the X-Men. Although it would have been tragic and ironic to see the very idealistic leader and founder of the X-Men be the cause of their demise, it was something better left ominous and suggested to the viewer, rather than something explicitly shown.
What do you think? Would you like to have seen the unspoken deed shown at the beginning of the film, or preferred the violent and gritty opening we got? – Ernesto Valenzuela
LOGAN Is playing nationwide in theaters now.
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.