“That’s exactly the kind of thing this movie avoids”: Logan Director Flatly Refused to Include 1 Major X-Men Villain That MCU Is Eyeing to Revive

Logan set the world on fire when it released back in 2017 thanks to Hugh Jackman's masterful portrayal

“That’s exactly the kind of thing this movie avoids”: Logan Director Flatly Refused to Include 1 Major X-Men Villain That MCU Is Eyeing to Revive


  • 2017's Logan remains one of the best portrayals of Wolverine in any medium
  • Logan's director was very much against including an iconic X-Men villain for good reason
  • Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine in next year's Deadpool 3
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Hugh Jackman is undoubtedly one of the most popular actors in all of Hollywood. Jackman made a name for himself by portraying the role of Wolverine in the X-Men movies. Fans believed Jackman was done with Wolverine after 2017’s Logan, but that’s not the case anymore. That said, Logan‘s director wasn’t keen on having a major X-Men villain that the MCU might just revive.

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Many people were simply in love with what Hugh Jackman was able to portray as a very old version of Wolverine. In fact, many ended up comparing Hugh Jackman’s portrayal to the hit Sony game The Last of Us.


Also read: Hugh Jackman’s Failing Healing Ability in Logan Was Hidden in Plain Sight That Explained Wolverine’s Inevitable Death

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Logan (2017)

Logan‘s Director Had No Intention Of Using X-Men Villain That MCU Wants To Revive

2017’s Logan is viewed as an iconic masterpiece by fans and critics alike, as it brought an emotional end to everyone’s favorite Marvel hero at the time. James Mangold truly gave it his all in order to create the best Wolverine movie ever.


While speaking with CinemaBlend, James Mangold talked about characters he didn’t want to include in the movie, which included the popular X-Men nemesis Mr. Sinister. It ultimately had to do with how the film’s setting was going to be – of the more realistic kind. It is to be noted the MCU is now keen on using Mr. Sinister in the future.

Now that you’ve seen some of the movie, I think [what] you get a better sense of is, that’s exactly the kind of thing this movie avoids. Meaning, the kind of operatic highly-costumed, stroboscopic villainy… that’s not in this movie. Everything is kind of as real as we can make it. The movie is trying to kind of take a step backward from that kind of spectacle, so that we get another kind of gain, you know. There’s that loss, but the gain is that the movie feels extremely real and is — as one person who saw the film said to me, ‘I feel like I could go down the street and run into that Wolverine.’ Meaning that this is in my world, not some shiny other world. This is actually taking place in my world.”

Logan featured the end of Wolverine for many years, as fans felt it was the perfect conclusion of the iconic X-Men character. Regardless of what’s coming next for Wolverine, Logan will always stand the test of time.


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Hugh Jackman in Logan

Hugh Jackman Will Return As Wolverine In Deadpool 3

Last year, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman revealed to the public that Wade Wilson and Wolverine would reconnect in Deadpool 3 following their last effort – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was panned and hated by everyone.

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While speaking on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?Hugh Jackman talked about his debut in the MCU as the iconic Wolverine character and how he was going to train very hard for the role so that he is ready for it.

I’ve learned you can’t rush it. I’ve learned that it takes time,” he said about the physical transformation. “So we have six months from when I finish [The Music Man] to when I started filming. And I’m not doing any other work. I’m going to be with my family and train. That’s going to be my job for six months.

And I’m really fit right now. There’s one thing that about eight shows a week being on Broadway singing and dancing is I’m fit. So I’m healthy. I have a good place to start. And apologies chickens. Run a mile. Start running now because I’m coming for you.”

The highly anticipated film is set to release on 26 July next year, so we will have to wait and see whether it will finally help the MCU regain its lost momentum, as the MCU really needs a big win now.


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Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.