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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Explains Caliban Mix-Up

Logan, Twentieth Century Fox

The X-Men franchise has had its share of continuity errors over the years, and more recently, Days of Future Past tried to right may of these past wrongs. Although a lot of the issues were resolved, more were bound to show up sooner than later. A character that showed up in X-Men: Apocalypse was also a main character in James Mangold’s Logan.

We are talking about Caliban, the albino mutant tracker played by Tomas Lemarquis in Apocalypse and by Stephen Merchant in Logan. To the casual movie-goer this is a small oversight, but to comic fans this is an impossible feat. The time in between the two films is 46 years, so it is hard to digest how Caliban would not age during this amount of time. So, what happened? Actually the reason is a bit underwhelming.

Logan, Twentieth Century Fox
Image: Twentieth Century Fox

It seems that this continuity mix-up was the result of a huge lack in communication. Logan director James Mangold told The Nerdist:

“It’s a funny, messy story of how so often these things are not as coordinated as everyone thinks. I actually had written him into our movie, and they didn’t know [he was] in Apocalypse, and then they kind of wrote it in their movie, and they cast someone in their movie and I had not seen it and was working away on mine.”

It is a minor oversight that will only irritate the biggest of continuity sticklers. It didn’t bother me to see the mutant in both films, more because Mangold’s film basically stands on its own. Although it is a part of the greater X-Men universe, Logan felt like something different altogether. Yes, it has the same characters as other X-Men films, but it feels different. Logan is artistic, it’s a song, the swan song for Hugh Jackman as he plays Wolverine one last time.

Logan, Twentieth Century Fox
Image: Twentieth Century Fox

Logan is currently in theaters everywhere.

Brad Repka

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