Wolverine's Healing Factor Is Faulty in New "Logan" Photo

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 11:52AM
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 11:52AM
Wolverine's Healing Factor Is Faulty in New "Logan" Photo
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The Logan trailer finally arrived last week, and it didn't disappoint. In addition to teasing some epic Wolverine fights and comic book characters like Professor X and X-23, it showed us a very different kind of X-Men movie, with a much more Western-esque tone. Now, the newest photo from director James Mangold once again shows us that gritty aesthetic in the form of a battle-scared Logan:


Wolverine, of course, has a superhuman healing factor, which caused many fans to question why the character has visible scars in the film. According to Mangold, they wanted the film to be very different from past Wolverine movies, while still remaining consistent with the overall mythology. So rather than eliminating Wolverine's healing factor, it's just degraded a little over time:

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"We questioned whether Logan's healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar," Mangold told Empire. "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."
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This makes sense, considering that Logan takes place very far in the future of the X-Men timeline. Taking inspiration from the futuristic, dystopian comics storyline Old Man Logan, Logan takes place well after the epilogue of Days of Future Past (which is also why Professor X looks so ancient). We don't know exactly how far in the future yet, but the idea that the mutants' powers "diminish with age" is an interesting wrinkle in the movies' mythology.

Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.
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