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Stan Lee (if you’re reading this, you probably know who this is) once said that Spider-Man (Peter Parker) was the most ‘human’ of all superheroes in the business, regardless of the universe they belong to.
I agree… somewhat. I’m of the opinion that it is our inner struggle to achieve a certain goal is what makes us most human. That strive could be anything as long as it’s experienced individually and internally by one character. While there are many fictional characters that fall into this focus group, none can challenge the position taken by ‘The Wolverine’ and ‘Logan’ portrayed it in the best way possible.
Logan, to me, is a character that I can empathize with wholeheartedly. I have in the past, communed with the character, but that reduced a great deal due to the track record of bad movies. The comics were the only refuge that protected my faith in the Wolverine. But the latest movie solidified my faith in the character.
Like all the great masterpieces, ‘Logan’ evoked an emotional reaction. For a brief moment, I shared his pain and I relished in his final peace. And once I came out of the cinema, the emotion lingered on and I knew, then and there, that it will be there forever.
For those who do not know it, Wolverine is dead in the ongoing Marvel universe comics. An older version of him, from the far alternative post-apocalyptic future is stuck in the prime universe however called the Old Man Logan- whose original story became inspiration to this movie.
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 saviour 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 its 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. Hugh 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.