So When Exactly Does Wolverine’s ‘Logan’ Take Place?

By January 24, 2017

There have been a lot of time-twisting in the several X-Men movies Twentieth Century Fox has produced with Marvel Entertainment.

But as fans get ready for what could be Wolverine’s final bow in Logan, where exactly does all this fit in with everything else we’ve experienced to this point? Star Hugh Jackman told Digital Spy that director James Mangold has made it easy.

Simply put – this is a story outside of the current X-Men movie universe.

“It’s a standalone movie in many ways. It’s not really beholden to timelines and storylines in the other movies. Obviously, Patrick Stewart was in there, so we have some crossover. But it feels very different and very fresh.”

Or is it that simple? Mangold – known for being quite a bit direct when it comes to his response to news stories – didn’t disappoint after Jackman’s latest comments, clarifying that the film is indeed in the same universe as the other films.

But because it’s set five years later than any other X-Men film to this point, he had the freedom to basically do anything the story demanded without canon restrictions.

Jackman added that not only was it “different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe.”

To his credit, Jackman was excited about the “blank canvas” the film allowed Mangold and himself to create on, especially providing an opportunity to make something “tonally different” along the lines of The Wrestler and Unforgiven.

“He was thinking Unforgiven as well as The Gauntlet, and these other movies which just seemed to really match his character. Early on we had the idea for the title not having anything to do with Wolverine in it, but just being about the man. And what the collateral damage of being Wolverine your entire life would be.”

So there obviously is some confusion somewhere on when exactly Logan takes place (except for the year, we do know that). But it won’t matter. You’ll have a chance to see the film for yourself when it opens March 3.

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Michael Hinman

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