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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

*UPDATE*

Logan director James Mangold took to twitter to clarify the Hugh Jackman’s remarks that sparked a great deal of confusion this weekend:

Original Report:

The X-Men franchise has long invited many timeline questions. Ever since the series took a left turn in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and did its best to sort of fix any issues with both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, fans have been able to poke a terrifying number of holes in its continuity. While originally believed to be a “prequel” to the original X-Men, X-Men: First Class was essentially revealed to the starts of an alternate timeline. 

Here are but a few timeline questions this franchise has to offer: Which timeline does Deadpool take place in? How does that fit? Where does X-Men Origins: Wolverine really fit into this new continuity? What about that really futuristic-looking Days of Future Past scene. When does that take place, and why is everything so futuristic? Is that a scene from the same X-Men continuity as the original film, or is it an alternate one? Finally, how is it that the future there looks so different from the future shown in Logan, which has a much more grounded look to it?

More than any other shared universe, we’ve had to take each film as a separate entity, as each one feels as though it has some slight inconsistencies from its predecessor, no matter how hard they tried. So what’s happening with Logan? Which timeline is it? The original or the new timeline?

Speaking with Digital Spy, actor Hugh Jackman reveals that this film is from neither continuity.

“When you see the full movie you’ll understand…Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”

That’s right. Put away your string theory cork boards, fans, because there’s nothing to connect here. Forget looking for any real Easter eggs and potential nods to an earlier history: chances are you have no idea the history that Wolverine and Professor X have together.

So why do this? Why take away this rich history that fans have received over the past fifteen or so years?

Jackman continued:

“We wanted to make something really different. Definitely tonally different…Early on we had the idea for the title not having anything to do with Wolverine in it but just being about the man. And what the collateral damage of being Wolverine your entire life would be.”

This falls in line with a statement director James Mangold said about not wanting to be constrained by a continuity. As great as these shared universes are, the downside is that it often constricts the creativity of storytellers, forcing them to acknowledge other characters or previous events. Using the textbook Marvel approach, legit standalone films weren’t really a possibility. Luckily for Mangold, the glue holding the X-Men universe was never really strong to begin with, so tossing all that to the side actually works in the film’s favor.

No longer do we have to search for how the film does or doesn’t work in any of the franchise’s continuities. We can just go into the flick, enjoy it as a standalone tale, and move on with our lives.

Not a bad deal, when all said and done.

What about you? What do you think of Jackman’s comments? Are you happy they decided to go forward with a completely different timeline? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Digital Spy

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.