Logan was a movie that seemed impossibly good. As a series, it was incredible to see how we went from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (a movie that was a schlocky, CGI mess) to Logan (a movie that may legitimately win – or at least be nominated for – an Oscar). This movie has incredibly solid writing and performances from Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart that will haunt you long after the credits roll.
However, despite how fine both the writing and the acting are in this movie, there’s something else you’ll still be feeling long after the credits roll: confusion!
There are several things about Logan that ultimately make no sense. Sometimes, these things have to do with characters and their motivations; at other times, the confusion concerns the specific plot points and even the setting of the movie. And while certain kinds of fans love the thrill of trying to create “head canon” for anything and everything that doesn’t make sense, the rest of us just wish the movie had offered a few more explanations.
If you want to know what these plot holes are, you don’t have to hire a grizzled old mutant to drive you across the country… just check out our guide to 15 Things About Logan That Make No Sense!
15. The boat plan is insane
Early in the movie, Logan is a man working on an exit plan. Specifically, he is putting money away to buy a boat for he and Xavier (and possibly Caliban) to go and live on the ocean. As the movie goes on, it’s clear that the reasoning for this is to get Xavier and his killer seizures away from the rest of humanity. However, this plan is insane on several levels.
First, as albino mutant Caliban notes, he’s not going to be much use on a boat named “Sunstreaker,” so Logan is already going to be a man down on taking care of Xavier. Plus, they will still need to get food and water and medicine, so even on a boat, they can’t fully isolate Xavier from humanity when they need to restock.
And while Logan can survive Xavier’s seizures, he needs his claws to even move (we see this in the hotel scenes in the movie), so all it would take is one seizure for them to end up sinking the boat. This would kill Xavier and probably Wolverine, too— you don’t want to be the guy with the heavy metal skeleton when you’re in the middle of the ocean!
14. Adamantium bullets can’t kill Wolverine – or can they?
The idea of Logan dying hovered over everything that happened in this movie, as we see early on that he has been hanging on to an adamantium bullet with which to kill himself. It also gives us great respect for this weapon as one of the only things on Earth that could kill the long-lived mutant. Ultimately, he does not use the bullet on himself, but Laura ends up using it to kill X-24, the evil Wolverine clone that Logan is fighting.
It works pretty spectacularly, and the bullet ends up blowing about a quarter of X-24’s head off, killing him instantly. It’s a satisfying end to an implacable foe, but it’s also inconsistent with previous movies.
We’ve seen adamantium bullets before— Stryker shoots Logan with several of them in the head in Wolverine: Origins, and all they do is give him some convenient memory loss. If they were enough to kill Wolverine, this series would have been over a long time ago!
13. Reavers can’t go to Canada?
As the movie’s plot takes shape, it becomes a race: Logan and Laura are trying to find the young mutants at their mysterious rendezvous coordinates. Once they get there, the mutants are in cahoots with an unseen party who instructs them to come across the border and enter Canada. This makes as much sense as any superhero movie, but what makes no sense is that the Reavers act like they cannot follow across the border!
We see a cool fight scene between Reavers and mutants, and the mutants show they are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. Before that, though, Pierce and the others believed it was vitally important to capture them before they got across the border.
This makes no sense, as the Reavers have little respect for laws: we’ve seen them kidnap and murder across both America and Mexico. Now, with enough forces to comprise a small army, they’re sheepish about visiting our neighbors to the North?
12. How did Xavier overtake Jean Grey?
Throughout Logan, Charles Xavier is presented as a haunted and broken man. At first, it seems like this may just be because of his deteriorating mind and the sad state of the world for mutants. However, we eventually get the grim reveal: he periodically has psychic seizures that will kill those around him unless he is medicated, and one of these seizures killed many of the X-Men, leaving Logan (with his healing factor) as the only surviving X-Man.
It’s a truly shocking moment to find out that the man who formed (and loved) the X-Men ended up killing them. It also makes little sense: we’ve had multiple movies that illustrated that Jean Grey is more powerful as a telepath than Xavier is. And the happy ending of Days of Future Past established that Jean is alive in this timeline once more. Moreover, X-Men: Apocalypse showed that the Jean Grey of this altered timeline has earlier access and control of her Phoenix abilities.
11. Xavier shouldn’t be this decrepit
Seeing how old and decrepit Xavier is helps to tug at the heartstrings of the audiences. Let’s face it: it’s downright rough to see a beloved character like that reduced to such a helpless and miserable state. And while Patrick Stewart is more than up to the acting challenge, the fact remains that Xavier shouldn’t be this decrepit, even at this age.
How can we tell? X-Men: Days of Future Past is a movie that takes place in two time periods. One of those periods is in the 1970s while one of them is in a dystopian, Sentinel-run future. However, that future takes place only three years before the events of Logan.
So, in both the “bad” future and “good” future of Days of Future Past, Xavier is strong and in control of himself, with enough power to send Wolverine’s brain back half a century. Now, three years later, he is a complete invalid who needs round-the-clock care? We’re not buying it.
10. Logan’s weird sickness
Logan is actually in the same boat as Xavier when it comes to getting old and sick. We see early on that Logan’s healing factor is not working as well as it previously did. Later, we get some elaboration: he is suffering from adamantium poisoning, as his healing factor is no longer strong enough to keep this poisoning at bay.
As a plot device to make us worry about Logan dying, this is masterful. However, given everything else we know, it makes no sense!
Like with Xavier, we saw a Logan who seems whole and healthy in the future scenes of Days of Future Past, and it is likewise odd to think that his healing factor has had a complete breakdown in only three years. Plus, his healing factor is his primary mutant ability.
When we say Logan is losing his healing factor, we’re basically saying he’s becoming so old that he’s… no longer a mutant? That is something that we have never seen with older mutants such as Magneto and Xavier. In fact, Xavier’s power is as robust as ever— it’s just his “human” brain that is starting to fail.
9. Who made the X-Men comic?
Perhaps the most interesting revelation of Logan is that, in-universe, there was an X-Men comic. It was seemingly widely read, and it continues to draw in new generations of fans, such as young Laura. However, the more you think about this comic within this universe, the less sense it makes.
First of all, it’s clearly based on real people. Do none of them get royalties or anything? Like, Logan is reduced to being an Uber-style driver while some company makes a lot of money off of his name? Also, the comic and its characters are popular. Why is that the case in a world where mutants have previously been (and perhaps are again) feared and hated?
Finally, what’s up with the rendezvous coordinates? Either a mysterious entity really did use a popular comic to send these coordinates when the comic was made or they decided afterwards to actually use the coordinates published in a popular, mainstream comic… which is the least secret thing you can possibly do to help runaway mutants!
8. Reavers only have robot hands?
Pierce and the Reavers establish themselves as a frightening threat early on. They’re a squad of highly-trained sociopaths with access to crazy levels of weaponry and technology. To make things worse, they have access to bionic upgrades. This is meant to be a nod to the Reavers of the comics (which had wonderfully insane upgrades such as tank treads for legs), but the fact that they only upgrade their hands in the movie makes no sense.
It starts with Pierce showing off his robotic hand. But look in the background— that seems to be the only bionic upgrade any of them get. If these upgrades are meant to replace lost limbs, then there should be fully robotic arms, legs, etc. on some of them.
If they are meant to give a tactical advantage, they should have things like built-in guns, bionic eyes with enhanced sensors, etc. Instead, they just have metal hands… something that gives pretty much zero advantage against their primary targets!
7. Laura the sometimes mute
The character of Laura (also known as X-23) was amazing in Logan. She was able to channel genuine pathos during certain scenes and channel her Logan-esque killer instinct in others. Perhaps most impressively, she did all of this despite not speaking for the vast majority of the movie. However, the reason for her silence is never really given.
Logan acts shocked when he learns that she can speak, and it’s specifically because she has been mute until that very moment. However, she has spent a good chunk of the movie with Logan and Xavier, and she seemed to be having lots of telepathic conversations with Xavier.
6. Why didn’t Logan kill Pierce?
While he’s not the true big bad (that would be Dr. Rice), Pierce functions as our primary antagonist throughout the movie. He’s able to track down Logan wherever he goes, kill his allies (such as Laura’s nurse), and kidnap his friends (such as poor Caliban). And, of course, he leads a small army of killer Reavers. Because of all the terrible things the character does, we are left wondering why Logan doesn’t kill him when he has the chance.
Early in the movie, he and Caliban have Pierce knocked out. Rather than kill him, Logan has Caliban go dump the body far away from their base. This is, arguably, the stupidest moment in the movie: Pierce knows where they are now. Even if he didn’t wake up in time to kidnap Caliban, he’d still wake up eventually and bring the Reavers back to the base.
5. Laura speaks fluent Spanish
Of course, when Laura does begin to speak, she is speaking in Spanish. It’s a bit of a shock for Logan, and it’s similarly shocking for audiences as well. While it represents a welcome bit of diversity in a series that desperately needs it, we are never really given a reason why she would have learned to speak Spanish.
For instance, the main architects of her creation (such as Dr. Rice and Donald Pierce) only seem to speak English. She has a Spanish-speaking nurse who smuggles her to safety, but we also see how the doctors discourage extra interactions between staff and mutants, as it dilutes the mutants’ function as living weapons.
Considering that we only see a focus on teaching the young mutants how to fight, it’s weird to imagine that they were giving her Spanish lessons off screen. The only alternative is that she learned it all from her nurse in the brief time they were on the road together, which is an extraordinarily short time to become fully fluent in a language.
4. The Reavers don’t use adamantium bullets
As mentioned before, Logan is holding on to a special adamantium bullet as a way of possibly killing himself. However, aside from Stryker in X-Men Wolverine: Origins (a movie that even this film series seems determined to completely ignore), it seems like nobody else has ever attempted to kill Logan in this way. Ultimately, this doesn’t make a lot of sense!
Sure, we get it: adamantium is really expensive and really rare. However, the Reavers seemed organized enough to get enough adamantium to create an entire skeleton for X-24. Is there any reason why they couldn’t save some of their materials so that Pierce or someone else could easily finish Logan off?
Even if they wanted him alive, it’s mind-boggling to think that no one in the world (remember, Logan has enemies in every corner of the planet) has thought to try this over the many decades Logan has been operating.
3. Why didn’t Logan get a better job?
Part of the sadness of watching Logan was seeing our fierce mutant hero reduced to being a taxi driver. He uses the money he brings in from this humble gig to buy medicine for Xavier and to stash money away for their eventual escape to the ocean. However, the movie never really answers the question of why this is the best job Logan could get.
The obvious benefits of this job are that it is low-profile and relatively inconspicuous. However, we have previously seen him do jobs, such truck-driving, that seemed more lucrative, and also make extra money via underground cage matches.
The truth is, Logan is almost two hundred years old, a veteran, a skilled fighter, and he has a special mutant healing factor. It seems like he could get a way better job doing almost anything else, and if his true goal is to simply raise enough money to escape with Xavier, it would make more sense to try to get something more that raises more money in a shorter amount of time.
2. The Family Dinner scene
One of the most shocking events of the movie occurs when Xavier is fatally stabbed. At first, it looks like Logan is the culprit, but it turns out to be his evil “twin,” X-24. This is one of many deaths that night, as X-24 ends up killing the entire family that kindly invited Logan, Xavier, and Laura to dinner. The question remains, then: why did Xavier insist on accepting that invitation?
While it’s true that Xavier could have no way of knowing what would specifically happen, he could have taken an educated guess. Their entire group was being pursued by a genocidal paramilitary group who have no problem killing innocent people. Every single time they so much as stop for gas, they are putting lives in danger… yet Xavier decides to put an entire family’s life in danger by staying with them an entire evening?
1. Why does no one care about the extinction of mutants?
The entire early premise of the X-Men is that they are feared and hated by the world. It’s what makes them so noble: that they risk their lives for a world that doesn’t care if they live or die. Because of this, the seeming indifference that everyone in Logan has about the near-extinction of mutants might make sense. However, the ending of Days of Future Past makes this more complicated.
Part of the timey-wimey shenanigans of that movie involve creating a more positive timeline for mutants— one where they are credited, for instance, with saving the life of the President. Later, we see that mutants are taught in public schools in a positive way, further creating a better public image for them.
Despite this, in Logan the disappearance of mutants is treated as a curiosity or even an inevitability. If nothing else, it’s odd that the extinction of mutants is not noticed by Stryker or the other military types who have historically sought to use mutants as weapons. Instead, that plot dies out as quietly as the mutant population!
Know some plot holes that we missed in Logan? Want to debate the finer points of how plot holes are defined? Be sure to sound off in the comments!
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