I’ve never really loved any of the Wolverine films. In fact, Wolverine as a character in the Fox universe, I never felt overly invested in. Sure, it’s cool when he appears but… eh. Well that was until Logan came out. And I think that now with Deadpool and Logan, Fox have found themselves a winning formula. Spoilers for Logan follow!
First of all, if you couldn’t already tell I loved Logan. The acting, writing and directing were all on point. But how did I end up loving a movie so much, about I character I was eh about in the first place? Well it’s the same thing that happened with Deadpool. These films forgot about the greater cinematic universe for a bit, and instead focused on creating a story that fit for that particular character.
Yes, Deadpool broke the fourth wall, and acknowledged actors playing characters etc. Sure, that doesn’t really make sense in the grand scheme of things, but who cares! It was what worked with Deadpool, and that’s what made Deadpool work. It was a character focused movie, and people came out loving it.
Same thing with Logan. Its set in the future, and we know we’ll get films from the X-Men universe set in the past. Maybe they’ll never acknowledge what happened leading up to the events of Logan, but again, who cares! Logan worked because it serviced the character first and foremost, not the greater universe. It was about how everything that has happened inevitably shaped Logan and his psyche. What all the physical and emotional torment has done to his mind.
Both Deadpool and Logan didn’t exactly fit in with the tone and structure of the other X-Men films. And again, that’s where a lot of their strength came from. I didn’t feel like I was watching a superhero movie with Logan. It felt like a dramatic film, about a guy who no longer has a sense of purpose or worth in the world. We’ve seen the birth of Wolverine, now we’ve seen his death. And not to sound morbid, but it was beautiful. To see him come full circle. Of course, his death scene itself wasn’t pretty, but he made that final sacrifice and helped gave birth to a new wave of X-Men.
So I think that if Fox keeps going on this path, it could really help them gain a competitive advantage over WB/DC and Disney/Marvel/Sony. X-Men has some really interesting characters, and by creating movies that focus on them, cater to them, and not to the greater cinematic universe, we could get some really good films coming out.
The problem with X-Men: Apocalypse, in my opinion anyways, was that it felt like another generic and forgettable superhero movie. Think about how much live-action superhero content is being pumped out these days, it’s a lot! There has to be something more to make people want to watch your movie, invest in your universe, over everyone else’s. Fatigue will start to set in if these films all start to resemble each other. So if Fox starts focusing on creating films based on solo characters, or small groups of characters, it could help separate them from the pack.
Anyways long story short, Logan was an amazing film. It was stressful and emotional, but still had those elements of fun. Wolverine is an interesting character, and the film definitely explored his different layers. Is he a hero, or just a broken man who keeps getting thrown into these situations? I think the film ended by answering that question quite nicely. Yeah, he’s a hero, but he’s also incredibly broken, and death is the peace he deserves.
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