Warning: Spoilers…sort of.
Hugh Jackman has revealed his vision for the end of his ninth instalment of the Wolverine saga was quite different to the one we witnessed.
Inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, Jackman thought that Logan’s continued immortality could be more powerful because he would walk away, carrying the last memory of the people he had killed with him.
The film gave numerous nods to classic Westerns like Shane, but director James Mangold was set on Logan, thought to be ‘indestructible’, experiencing death and uttering the words ‘This is what it feels like’.
Jackman told Yahoo:
It was always floated that Logan would possibly die. I said, ‘Let’s be open, because it may be more powerful for him not to die.
It’s more powerful that Munny doesn’t die at the end.
You assume he’s going to die, but by taking that final action and shooting everyone down, he embraces all the darkness he’s tried to put outside him. Now he’s got to live with it, and it’s almost more devastating.
James was always certain of that ending, and he was right. Unlike a human character, what’s most poignant for someone who is thought to be indestructible is him dying while saying, ‘This is what it feels like’.
Clint’s character, Munny, is human, so James made the point it was more powerful for him to carry on living, but the same would not apply for immortal Logan.
I thought those final words were very powerful and freeing for a character so unfamiliar with death.