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Logan Team Discusses The Film's Powerful Ending

Warning: This story contains spoilers for the film Logan.

The final chapter of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine has been received with open arms by countless fans across the globe this weekend, with many noting how moving the film's resolution was. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the minds behind Logan discussed their intentions for the movie and how they settled on that intense ending.

At its most basic, Logan was molded to be a new type of superhero flick, one that felt accessible and character-focused with a strong narrative. The film's creative team stated they wanted the ultimate Wolverine installment to be different, to include "personal stakes and real consequences." It seems they totally delivered on that front, as saying goodbye to Jackman's Wolverine following a near two-decade-long run was deeply impactful for casual watchers, and painful for some long-time X-Men fans.

Logan screenwriter Scott Frank spoke with the Heat Vision column at THR, diving deep into the moment the adamantium-clawed hero died as his daughter watched on. Though some moviegoers were anticipating the death of Logan, it was still emotional overall. Frank touches on that aspect, specifically how he and director James Mangold toed the line between preparing fans for the possibility and executing it with care.

"We just kept going back to character and his relationship with his 'father' and his relationship with someone who is genetically created, but is still technically his daughter," Frank said. "We kept it personal the whole time. That's really what we were obsessed with. You could feel it as we were writing it — that it was accruing to something powerful at the end."

Frank echoed Mangold's statement that Logan wasn't made to necessarily connect to a larger comic universe or film franchise; it's just not that kind of film. Because of that, there was more opportunity to honor the characters for who they are rather than present a neatly-packaged deal that avoided them. Frank commented, "As Jim [Mangold] keeps saying, 'We didn't have to sell Happy Meals.'"

Additionally, Frank spoke on Laura's momentous speech at Logan's funeral, and how he and Mangold came to the decision to reference the 1953 film Shane.

"Jim and I both love Westerns... I always thought that was a really interesting idea, and having her quote the movie and having something she can connect to with Prof. X was something Jim very early on started playing with. And it became great in the larger thematic sense," Frank stated.

He mentioned that the "no more guns in the valley" line was very fitting of the events taking place in Logan, and that he "liked the idea that [Laura] didn't know what to say at his funeral, so she's going to quote the movie."

Clearly, a lot of heart and dedication was put into Logan, and it seems to show.

The film is playing in theaters now, but if you're reading this, you've likely already seen it. (And if you haven't, go! Even though we did spoil you... with warning.) However, what you might not have seen are the many Easter eggs hidden in Logan. Check 'em out!