James Mangold Explains Wolverine’s Scars, Timeline, and More in LOGAN

James Mangold Explains Wolverine's Scars, Timeline, and More in LOGAN
James Mangold Explains Wolverine's Scars, Timeline, and More in LOGAN
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Wolverine. The most popular X-Person. Played by one of the hottest Australians alive. Whether you’re a die-hard comic book fan or just like a good blockbuster movie, you know the character Logan. You know, he’s the one with the cool-ass claws, the boundless rage and those extraordinary, dependable healing powers. So, after having watched the trailer for the 465th time, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “But what about those scars on his back? Wouldn’t his healing factor effectively mitigate scarring?” Don’t worry; director James Mangold can assuage your concerns.

First, let’s start by saying that yes, his healing factor is still working. Somewhat.

LOGAN director James Mangold sat down with EMPIRE magazine to clarify a few things about the new movie. In regards to the new, gnarly-looking scars Wolverine is sporting, Mangold said:

“We imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts.”

Pretty cool, huh?

Mangold also wanted to clear up the timeline for anyone who’s a little confused.

James Mangold Explains Wolverine's Scars, Timeline, and More in LOGAN
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Logan takes place after the events that occurred in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The future in this movie is a result of Wolverine traveling back to the 60s to save the day in Bryan Singer’s film. Keeping up? Good.

One thing Mangold won’t confirm is the identity of Dafne Keane. As to whether or not she’s actually X-23, Mangold stated, “I think I will just let speculation run rampant about that. I think what this film is about in many ways is family. From there out I’d let everyone figure out what we’re up to on their own, at least at this early stage.” What a tease.

The final thing Mangold touched upon was the R-Rating Logan received.

“We’re really trying to deliver what folks have always imagined those kind of battles would look like. There is a lot of high-octane action in the movie. We’re just trying to do it very differently and very viscerally.”