James Mangold Talks ‘Logan’ Setting And Plot

Warning: Minor Potential Spoilers For Logan Ahead. Read At Your Own Risk.

Still with me? Awesome, let’s get right into it. So with the recent release of the first teaser trailer for Logan, the last chapter in the Hugh Jackman-led Wolverine movie trilogy, there are numerous unanswered questions, such as the exact setting of the film. Both Hugh Jackman’s Logan and Sir Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier look significantly older and more worn out than in previous X-Men movies, which strongly suggests a setting well in the future. Logan director James Mangold recently sat down with Empire to talk about the film and confirmed just that.

“We are in the future, we have passed the point of the epilogue of ‘Days Of Future Past’.”

It has previously been said that the film would take place in 2024, and that makes perfect sense. With Days Of Future Past, the timeline from the original trilogy was basically rebooted, and Mangold’s comment now confirms that Logan will be a continuation of that timeline, rather than a direct sequel to 2013’s The Wolverine.

Another detail fans noticed was the fact that Logan had some pretty bad looking scars on his back, which seems odd because one of the Wolverine’s defining characteristics is his extraordinary healing factor.


Mangold also touched on this topic, explaining the creative thinking process that went into making a more beat up, worn out Logan:

“One of the things we all thought about as we worked on this film is, well, we don’t want to rebuild everything. We want to have some questions. In order to make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie, we felt like we couldn’t hold on to every tradition established in all the movies religiously, or we’d be trapped by the decisions made before us. So we questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar. We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing. Perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin. So 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.”

I have a feeling that Logan is going to be the odd one out of the X-Men franchise but in a good way. The character’s we’ve known for 16 years now (seriously, the first X-Men film came out in 2000) are being shown like they never have before; struck by fate and seemingly alone in the world. Are you looking forward to this change of tone? Sound off in the comments or join the discussion on Twitter / Instagram!

Jonathan Warncke

Swimmer. Writer. Huge Iron Man fan.