With Logan now in theaters, it’s time to start discussing some of the facts that we learned watching the movie. Since the first trailer dropped it was clear that this isn’t the world we’ve seen in previous X-Men movies. Wolverine and Charles Xavier are living pretty crappy lives and the X-Men no longer exist. But what happened to the iconic superhero team?
If this film wasn’t already heart-breaking enough, it’s Charles Xavier who is to blame for destroying the X-Men. When we first meet Charles in this film, Wolverine is hiding him away on the Mexican border. Xavier’s powers have become unpredictable and unstable and the film shows us how dangerous Charles can be in this universe. In an amazing sequence, we see an entire hotel paralyzed because of Charles’s seizures. After this event, we hear a radio report and learn that a similar event happened in Westchester (Xavier’s school for the gifted). The report claims that the Westchester incident injured 600 civilians and took the life of some mutants (The X-Men).
The saddest thing here is that Charles doesn’t even remember the event when we first see him in Logan. This leads to a pretty depressing scene in which Xavier remembers what he did, and realizes that he is no longer the heroic teacher we’ve seen in previous films. “I did something. . . something unspeakable.” he says “I remembered what happened in Westchester. This is not the first time that I’ve hurt people. Until today, I didn’t know. You didn’t tell me, so we kept on running away from it. I think…I finally understand you.”
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