How 'The Wolverine' Foreshadowed the Big 'Logan' Climax

Wolverine in Logan
Hugh Jackman in his final film as Wolverine in "Logan." 20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine in Logan clawed to the top of the box office last week, grossing an impressive $238 million globally. It marks the actor’s ninth big-screen appearance as the X-Men hero, spanning 17 years.

Although the film can be watched as a standalone, with little or no knowledge of past Wolverine or X-Men movies, there is a small Easter egg some fans have picked up on, and writer-director James Mangold has confirmed is a nod to the last film, 2013’s The Wolverine, which he also wrote and directed.

If you haven’t seen Logan yet, look away now, because major spoilers lie ahead.

Jackman’s swansong as Wolverine in Logan culminates in the character’s demise. At the end of the film, having been impaled in a climactic battle scene with villain X-24—a younger, faster and stronger clone of himself—Wolverine dies, holding on tightly to daughter Laura’s (Dafne Keen) hand.

One Twitter user pointed out that a similar scene was predicted in Mangold’s 2013 film:

In The Wolverine, Yuko (Rila Fukushima), a mutant with the power of seeing how people will die, tells Wolverine: “I see you on your back, there’s blood everywhere. You’re holding your own heart in your hand.”

In a response to the user, Mangold confirmed that the circumstances of Wolverine’s death had been a long time coming:

Jackman’s adventures as Wolverine may have come to an end, but movie studio Fox’s extended X-Men franchise continues to grow stronger. Next year comes Deadpool 2, the sequel to Ryan Reynolds’ 2016 smash hit.

The first teaser for the sardonic superhero’s second outing played in front of Logan at theaters last weekend.