In the land of comic book movies, people like to make these grand claims. For instance, "Deadpool" is the first R-Rated Marvel Movie. Pardon if I trump you: "WRONG"! This statement could be seen as half right but mostly wrong. The first r-rated comic book movie was back in 1998 in the dark Marvel comic book character Blade; but it could be considered correct if and only if you are considering it primarily a Marvel Studios movie. On top of these grandiose claims, the word on the street is that that Logan is loosely based on the comic. As Trump would say, "WRONG!" As this article gives you the synopsis, it will also provide evidence of the different story arcs that Logan has borrowed from while staying try to the movie adaptation of the mighty Wolverine.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
What are the different story arcs that have presented itself within Logan from the comics?
Logan is the essences of a realistic comic book movie. As many have stated before that the X-men were a metaphor for what was happening in America during the "Age of Change" so they have to be drenched in realism-ish. The essence of the comics come from a few different Wolverine story arcs. Although the writers may have taken some liberties to make the movie adaptation different from the comic, it can be denied that the comic has a great story that must be used.
*The things that will come next will be potentially spoilers for those that haven't seen the movie nor read any of the comics.
The All New Wolverine
X-23 was created to be a weapon and for a time, that's all she was. But with the help of her mentor, Logan- the original Wolverine- she escaped that dark past. Tragically, Logan has fallen, but Laura will continue in his footsteps as a hero.
Possibly there is no need for this to be discussed. In comic, X-23 Laura is mentored by Logan. She is an assassin but becomes a feral animal based on a pheromone that drives her into that state. The key difference is that the pheromone sends her into a blind rage and Wolverine's rage is not blind but he just sees red. Logan, the older Logan does mentor her and tries to teach her how to deal with the death and the killing. Also he does teach her that although she was created to do evil, she has the choice to become something more. This was seen in the movie. There were the talks about her killing people and Logan says he had killed people too. He also mentions how it is something you will have to deal with. Although Laura is older than the Laura in the movie, it was better in the movie because Laura seems like a defenseless child until she flips into Wolvey Beserker mode. In the movie, she flips out at a store clerk that she almost dispatches until she is caught by Logan and told her that it was wrong. As a journey to the North could represent her journey through life, Logan is there to protect and guide her until all the lessons he had shown her would come to her understanding. She would then not need the mentoring of Logan, but it is symbolized in the Eulogy that she is quoting from the movie Shane, a great parallel for this movie.
*** Shane: Enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farm hand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer). Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker's plan.***
If you haven't seen it. It is an awesome movie. As she quotes what Shane tells Joey, she ends it by calling Wolverine "papa." Does she call him "papa" in the comic, it is unknown if she calls him that but the fondness is still there.
The Death of Wolverine
The beginning of the end is now here: the death of Wolverine! With three months to live due to the loss of his healing factor, Wolverine's demise will be the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does, but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, and a teacher. Now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he has never played before.
Similarity In the movie, Logan tries to fly under the radar. He only attacks when it is necessary. Just as the comic's name, Logan dies, but he finds a mad scientist that he is going against. In the comic, Logan is also being hunted and with a mad scientist that was trying to create an army of mutants. ***Spoilers*** Just as in the movie, the mad scientist dies but the death of Wolverine is different. The one from the comic seems a bit more befitting of the hero, but i felt needs more explanation. Lets just say that at the end of the comic, the mighty Wolverine is now an adamantium Gargoyle. The final similarity is the healing serum. In the movie, "the medicine" would help the children heal faster as well heal Wolverine but also allowed him to have a brief burst of the animal berserk mode that we all know and love. In the comic, he faces Saber tooth and gets his eye mangled. A grown Kitty Pride shows up and defends against The Viper (Poison, Blonde then bald woman from the movie, The Wolverine). She gives a healing serum to him and his eye comes back. Logan pulls a lot of from the Death of Wolverine.
Old Man Logan
Fifty years from now, Logan- the man who no longer calls himself Wolverine- will have endured many atrocities: The Marvel Universe's villains will have banded together and rid the world of its heroes. Logan's closest friend, Hawkeye, will have been murdered in cold blood right before his eyes. And driven mad by the same radiation that gave him his superhuman strength, Bruce Banner will have fathered a family of hillbilly Hulks...that eventually went on to slaughter Logan's wife and two children. But now, in the present, Old Man Logan wakes up to discover himself in a world before these atrocities, before the Wasteland. And he's going to seize this opportunity and change history to ensure that his future never comes to pass.
Besides being old, Logan does not want to fight anymore. In the movie, he is taking care of Professor X. They are hiding from a threat and Logan has a plan to take the Professor out to the sea to protect him from himself and others. Logan does not want to fight because he has so much to lose. Then this little girl, who is cloned from his DNA needs his help to get to 41.7370° N, 111.8338° W which is Logan City, Utah. He helps Laura arrive and meet her friends (the other children a part of the program) and tries to get them to Canada. Battle ensues and the death of Wolverine is underway. This fight/journey is seen in the Old Man Logan comic. The villains join forces and take out all the heroes. Logan survives. He is old and now has family and two boys. He is now Uncle Owen from Star Wars. He does not want to get involved. He lives on the land that the evil Hulks (grand children of the Hulk) owns. He is summoned by the blind driving Hawkeye to go on a quest but he does not need Logan. He needs the Wolverine. As they go on this quest, I don't know what happens because I haven't finished it, to be honest. The part that was reached is the road trip going to the Eastern part of the USA. The similarities is that Wolverine does not want to help. He is somewhat of a pacifist. Instead of whipping out his claws and going "beserker" on everyone, he allows the villains to have their way and get what the villains want. In the movie, he shies away from helping anyone. He does not want to fight unless it is something that directly affects his cause.
In conclusion, many comic critics are loving this movie but do not want to give it the proper respect that it deserves. Wolverine Dies. It is sad. You have some beating this movie as if they are X-24 but saying that it is not a true comic movie is unfair. Through the evidence above, it is a great combination of at least three comics that is listed above. Is the future bleak in the X-Men Universe, Yes. Has it always been bleak? Yes. The mutants have always been trying to fight for the preservation of the Mutant Kind for all mutants. The story of Logan finally getting what he the honorable death is what he received. He died fighting for something and for someone that needed his help. This is what Wolverine has always done. Although he always would have come across as a selfish prick, he would fight for others because he was also taken advantage of. He has also been mistreated. For those critics that believe this world is bleak, unforgiving, and just spiteful gains. Wolverine's death is the crown jewel of hope. He died for what he believed in. He died protecting others. That can never be taken him as the movie goes. Those kids will have learned to fight for each other and for the world because someone did it for them. So before the defense rest, please stop staying that this is not a comic movie because the writers, such as everyone that had ever had to write a research paper, pulled from multiple sources to make this happen. Logan is truly a comic book movie blended with other story telling aspects to make it based in reality.
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