Hugh Jackman Confirms Logan Doesn’t Take Place in the X-Men Movie Universe

Hugh jackman looks into a mirror as Logan

Up until this point, Logan has been seen as a tonally different film from the rest of the X-Men films. The grounded and emotional atmosphere presented in the trailers have made it more likely to take place in The Last of Us universe. Now, thanks to Hugh Jackman, we have a confirmation for what we all kind of already suspected. In an interview with Digital Spy, the acclaimed actor outright says that the new Wolverine outing does not take place within the X-Men universe at all.

“When you see the full movie you’ll understand,” Jackman said. “Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”

Those familiar with the comic book story Old Man Logan may not be surprised by the news of an alternate future. The storyline, which the movie takes inspiration from, also took place outside of its established continuity. This being Hugh Jackman’s final movie as Wolverine, 20th Century Fox gave he and Director James Mangold free-rein on what they wanted to do for the occasion.

“I said this was my last one and they said make the movie you want to make,” he explained. “And so Jim and I had this blank canvas and we wanted to make something really different. Definitely tonally different, I kept thinking The Wrestler, Unforgiven. It’s a stand alone movie in many ways. “It’s not really beholden to time lines and story lines in the other movies. Obviously Patrick Stewart was in there so we have some crossover but it feels very different and very fresh.

Professor X High Jackman Logan
Patrick Stewart returns as an older Charles Xavier in Logan.

“[Following the timelines] becomes a chess game that you try to serve, which actually doesn’t help to tell a story and it’s sort of been a bit all over the place. I’m not critical of it – X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there’d be another and there were different directors different off shoots.”

It sounds like navigating the X-Men movies’ admittedly less-than-cohesive timeline, may have been too much of a hassle for Mangold and Jackman. Ending Wolverine’s journey on their own terms may have been the best call. Logan’s alternate placement in the timeline may also be a relief to those who enjoyed the happy ending presented in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since it is now known that those events won’t necessarily build up to a depressing, mutant-less, future, the X-Men franchise can uninhibitedly move forward without Jackman.

Hugh Jackman smiling at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past
What do you think of this news? Does this mean that X-23 won’t get to be in any future X-Men films? Do you think Jackman will break his “last film” vow to return in a Deadpool sequel? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out these other movie news articles!

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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