It all started when we saw The Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. There were glimpses in the previous movies alluding to his violent past. In X2: X-Men United, a character from his past resurfaced showing us not more than the fact that he was once used as a weapon. Logan showed us how The Wolverine would always be used as a weapon by the bad guys. But X-Men: The Last Stand showed us how he was used as a weapon by someone he loved.
Most action flicks usually have a man like Logan with a troubled and violent past. They also feature a male lead who is constantly forced into such situations by villains. So it may come as a surprise to some why Logan stands out. It could be the badass female lead (Dafne Keen as Laura or X-23) and her relationship with Logan. Both violent and destructive, they also have a soft and vulnerable side. It is understandable that he should have that side to him, old as he is. X-23, on the other hand, had not been socialized or taught the difference between right or wrong. Yet in the course of the movie, she develops a sense of morality. It’s possible that this movie is the origin, or the making if you will- of Laura.
One of the most subtle similarities between the two is that they met Professor Charles Xavier. From the beginning, both seem to be comfortable in his presence and more or less trust him.
In Logan, The Wolverine takes his original name, the one his half-brother Victor Creed always called him just before he got him to do an unsavoury task.
A line used by Victor Creed to let Logan know that they both weren’t all that different:”We’re brothers, Jimmy.”
James Howlett was no less an animal than The Wolverine. But Logan was the tired man; the quiet man. In the movies -and in the comics, as well- he was a man who loved and lost, he was a friend, a caretaker, and a father figure to young, confused and homeless mutants, all seeking the care of Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters.
This movie is the end of 17 years of The Wolverine. All I can say is that watching the first X-Men again is going to be heart-wrenching.