It’s a bittersweet time to be an X-Men fan. James Mangold’s Logan has earned widespread critical praise for being a transcendent comic book movie and just scored a massive $85.3 million opening at the domestic box office. However, it’s widely known now that the gritty Western-inspired take on the mythos is star Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine, coming 17 years after he first appeared as the iconic mutant. Through nine films, the actor became an integral part of superhero cinema and many are sad to see him go.
The premiere of Logan has led to conversations about the future of the role (including potentially recasting), as well as reflections on Jackman’s overall legacy. Jackman has always had a special appreciation for the unwavering support of the fans over the years (through all the ups and downs), and a few days after surprising an unsuspecting crowd at a Logan screening, the actor has posted a message of gratitude to all those who accompanied him on the journey.
Taking to Twitter, Jackman shared a video (watch it above) featuring a collection of Logan fan art. The montage is set to Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt,” the song that was used so effectively in the film’s first teaser trailer. All of the artists are credited by having their name appear under their piece. The last one, which is essentially a rendering of the Logan theatrical poster, makes for the perfect ending to the video.
This is an extremely touching gesture on Jackman’s part, and it’s nice to see him recognize the fans as his time as Wolverine comes to an emotional close. All of the pictures included are very well-done, showcasing an eclectic collection of styles depicting Logan, Laura, Charles Xavier, and even Donald Pierce. Some may have been holding out hope that Jackman could be convinced to don the claws once more, but he has repeatedly said this is it, and the video is just the latest indication that Jackman is for real. If he was planning on showing up in a later movie, it’s unlikely he would have posted this. From the beginning, Logan has been billed as #OneLastTime, and it seems to be a rare instance where that’s actually the case.
While the X-Men franchise will never be the same without Jackman’s screen presence, viewers can take solace in the fact that he got to retire on his terms and on a high note – instead of stepping down following the maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Logan is a film that works for both longtime fans and casual audiences thanks to its powerful performances and unrelenting violence. Mangold, Jackman, and company went for broke and delivered a truly captivating experience. It’s hard to think of a better way for Wolverine’s story to end, and it will be interesting to see what Jackman does now that he’s free of franchise commitments.
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