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An Earlier X-Men Movie Predicted Wolverine's Fate In Logan

Let's face it, the "X-Men" films have never been known for having clear continuity. From jumping across time periods, to constant retcons and re-castings, even Deadpool is confused by all the "X-Men" timelines. Despite all the confusion, the "X-Men" superhero franchise has still given audiences some of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies ever made, from James Mangold's "Logan" to Tim Miller's "Deadpool." 

But one of the aspects that makes the franchise so interesting is that despite the inconsistent timelines, the franchise still makes legitimate attempts to connect the films together. Take for example the "Wolverine" trilogy, which consists of 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," 2013's "The Wolverine," and 2017's "Logan," in which each film is drastically different from one another, yet still holds some sort of connective tissue, even if it's not always clear. 

Surprisingly, "The Wolverine" and "Logan" share a stronger connection than just Hugh Jackman and Mangold as director, and one scene in particular links together the story of Jackman's character throughout both films in a prophetic way.

A line of dialogue in The Wolverine predicted the hero's demise in Logan

"The Wolverine" follow the clawed mutant's journey to Japan as he is invited to meet up with a man named Ichirō Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), whose life he saves during World War II. Unfortunately, things aren't as serene there as they initially seem, and soon Logan is embroiled in a plot that ties together the yakuza and mutants, revealing that Yashida may not have invited him with good intentions. Meanwhile "Logan" is set in a not-so-distant future in which mutants are nearly extinct, and the titular character lives a quiet life, working as a limo driver and taking care of an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). When he crosses paths with a young girl who shares similar mutant abilities, Logan takes her on the road to bring her to a safe haven for young mutants.

The clear connection between the two films, highlighted by @filmeastereggs on Twitter, comes in a particular scene in "The Wolverine" in which Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a mutant who can see people's deaths, tearfully tells Logan, "I see you on your back. There's blood everywhere. You're holding your own heart in your hand." This is eerily accurate to the antihero's death scene at the end of "Logan," with Logan lying on his back, covered in blood. As for "the heart in his hands," it seems like this is meant to be symbolic, as Logan is holding on to Laura (Dafne Keen) in this moment. It's unclear whether or not this was planned from the beginning. While both "The Wolverine" and "Logan" have the same director, there is still the franchise's continuity problem. But if it was designed this way, it's a nice touch.