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With Logan already out in the cinemas there is no better time to talk about the man who’s made Wolverine possible on the big screen all these years.
Hugh Jackman is one of the best things to ever happen to the world of cinematic viewing experience; for 17 years he has been the face of one of the most popular comic-book movie franchise, but just like everything that has a beginning the end has come for his reign as Logan (The Wolverine).
We are going to briefly go through Logan’s role in all the movies of the Xmen franchise, and quietly analyse his (Hugh Jackman’s) contribution towards making the installments of the franchise memorable for fans and also profitable for 20th Century Fox (the studio behind the Xmen movies).
1. Xmen (2000)
It won’t be wrong to say Logan was the bedrock of this movie; his relationship with Rogue was the main stay of the very first entry into the franchise. This movie helped establish Hugh Jackman the Australian by birth a somewhat good choice to play Logan the Canadian by character.
2. Xmen: United (2003)
This movie confirmed Director Bryan Singer’s decision to cast Hugh Jackman. Hugh owned the role of this movie, and as usual the plot needed him to make it work because this movie focused more on how Logan became the Wolverine through experimentation by William Stryker.
3. Xmen: Last Stand (2006)
Considered the weakest link of the original trilogy, this was still a good watch, and it needed Hugh Jackman as Logan to work. His complicated relationship with Jean Grey is what saw the story come to an end.
4. Xmen Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Considered the worst film of the franchise (which I concur) this movie was supposed to be the launch pad of Fox’s idea to take the most popular of the Xmen into an anthology world of their own spin-offs. The movie flopped in the eyes of critics and viewers, it was so bad that it delayed Ryan Reynold’s launch of Deadpool for almost a decade.
5. Xmen: First Class (2011)
This was the salvation Fox hoped for. And it worked. The Xmen franchise was soft rebooted, and most of the core characters recast with younger versions of themselves, but none could be gotten to replace to indispensable Hugh Jackman. Hugh Jackman had a small appearance as Logan, which is memorable for the reply phrase, ‘F*uck off!’
6. The Wolverine (2013)
Another solo movie outing, only this time it was done right. Logan was the sole center of this entertaining movie.
7. Xmen: Days of Future Past (2014)
This movie is one of the best of the franchise, it brought casts of the original trilogy and newer casts together in a compelling story, and as usual, Logan was the one to hold the story together. Logan’s regenerative factor was used as the basis to send his consciousness back years in time to help avert a dangerous future.
8. Deadpool (2016)
The only appearance Logan made here was when Deadpool made a caricature drawing of the man with an adamantium claw. Ha Ha!!
9. Xmen: Apocalypse (2016)
Truthfully, Logan didn’t have much to do here, but the producers just had to provide both fan service and set up future movies, so they had to fit him in.
10. Logan (2017)
The last and latest movie of Hugh Jackman as Logan. This movie will be an emotional roller-coaster, and will prove just how much he will be missed. It is up to Fox to decide how the character will be continued, or how the series will progress without him.
No doubt Hugh Jackman will be missed in this role, whoever is taking over has a huge hole to fill. The news going round from Logan’s early preview is that the movie is very much worth the hype. This is Hugh Jackman’s swansong, best to go when the ovation is at the loudest.
Logan is out in cinemas already, and will be reviewed in RR as soon as possible.