WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Logan. Continue at your own risk!
X-Men fans who’ve seen Logan may be scratching their heads a bit with regards to the young mutants in the movie and whether they’re at all connected to the New Mutants film currently in the works.
In Logan, we learn of a new Weapon X-style program created to essentially grow a new breed of mutant that can be exploited in various ways by nefarious individuals. Laura (aka X-23) is one of those mutants, created from Wolverine’s DNA, but she’s not alone as there’s a whole mess of young mutant kids who factor in towards the end of the film and eventually disappear into the woods as the credits fall.
So is that open-ended finale a tease of the New Mutants movie to come? Will that movie pick up where Logan leaves off, with these kids on the run? When Fandango spoke to Logan producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker, we specifically asked if the end of Logan was meant to tease New Mutants.
“No. It’s not,” Kinberg said. “It’s totally separate.”
We’ll have more on how Kinberg and the creative team behind the X-Men movies plan to make New Mutants and the mainline X-Men movies stand out in this new R-rated X-Men universe in our full interview soon.
Another memorable part of Logan has to do with the existence of X-Men comic books in the film, and how aspects of those comics are used to push the plot forward. Considering Logan himself dismisses the comics as heightened versions of what actually happened with the X-Men, we wondered whether or not those old X-Men movies still exist.
Could the stories in those movies actually be tall tales, calling into question the entirety of the X-Men franchise to date?
We asked Kinberg and Parker that very question, and according to them, no, those movies are very much still a part of the ongoing cinematic universe.
“It’s not unlike the Old West,” Parker said. “Not unlike those stories out of the West, and then the journalists who adapted those stories.“
Kinberg added, “I think those movies exist. When you look at those comic books in the movie, the ideas is that those were created based on the X-Men. Meaning the [stories within] the X-Men movies take place, and because they were famous, someone created comic books based on those stories.”
Kinberg went on to explain how the inclusion of those comic books was the biggest sticking point when it came to Logan because some thought they’d undermine the rest of the films. But it’s also their inclusion that speaks to a larger movement at Fox with regards to making more “radical” decisions when it comes to their blockbusters.
“A lot of people worried that [the comic books in the movie] were going to be too confusing for the audience,” he said. “But it’s not; it’s provocative. Provocative, radical, original and fresh – these were all buzzwords we’d use on set. And it’s something Fox is doing as a studio now and isn’t getting a lot of credit for – not just within the X-Men universe. They’re doing it with Kingsman, with the Planet of the Apes movies, with the new Alien movie. It’s not just about the rating – they make radical movies. And when they don’t make radical movies, to be equally as critical – when they make movies that are conventional and generic, they simply don’t work. They’ve learned that, and they’re pushing the envelope with each of their blockbuster movies in a way that is perhaps unique in Hollywood.”
Logan is in theaters on March 3.