Final chapter for Wolverine explores new depths of violence, grief

Chances are, if you think of the word “wolverine”, you won’t be thinking of the largest land-dwelling mustelid on the planet. No, your mind would most likely bring up a picture of a muscular man in a yellow jumpsuit, sporting three long blades that extend between each knuckle. If you know a bit more about the guy, you may think about how he says “Bub,” or how he has a nigh impenetrable healing factor.

Last week, Marvel released its latest movie, “Logan.” It is said to be Hugh Jackman’s last movie, and it is sure to bring tears to your eyes, especially if you’re an avid fan of Wolverine. The movie itself takes inspiration from the “Old Man Logan” comic book story arc, in which the world is almost completely devoid of heroes. There are a few changes in the movie from the comic books, like all adaptations, but the message is clear: Mutants are a dying breed.


In the movie, Logan is taking care of a mentally addled Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) with the help of the albino mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Xavier’s brain is deteriorating, and his powerful brain makes his seizures deadly. Logan has a job taking people for rides in his limo, and he uses most of the money to buy drugs to stave off Xavier’s seizures. Then, everything is turned on its head, and Logan finds himself fighting for his life against a man with a metal arm, a perfect clone of him in his younger years, and his own defunct healing factor.

If you want more spoilers, then go watch the movie. Pro tip: bring tissues.

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