Logan: Crucial Scene Left Out–Why

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The Logan team decided that less is more when it came to revealing its backstory.

Early on in Logan,  it’s clear that there was a terrible incident involving Prof. X (Patrick Stewart) back in Westchester, New York — home of the X-Mansion and his school for gifted mutants.

The villain Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) tells Logan (Hugh Jackman) that the government classifies Xavier’s brain as a weapon of mass destruction.

Later, a news broadcast on the radio says that an incident at an Oklahoma casino was similar to one that happened a year ago in Westchester, which injured 600 people and left members of the X-Men dead.

Screenwriter Michael Green says earlier versions of the script included flashbacks that spelled out that incident, but the team decided to cut it.

“It actually hits home a lot harder than the versions that really painted out specifically the flashback,” Green tells Heat Vision. “There are versions we wrote that were never filmed with the actual flashback of what happened, but I’ve found the experience of watching it is far more poignant to just know that it was something really regrettable and it was bad and most likely, friends were lost.”

Viewers are left to make their own conclusions, but it seems that Charles had an incident and ended up accidentally killing some of his own X-Men family.

“Was it Logan? Was it Charles? It was probably Charles but he doesn’t know. He has no memory; he has no recollection,” Stewart says. “He has an instinct, an impulse, that something happened and it was bad.”

Director James Mangold decided to cut the flashback for a simple one: “I wanted to make a movie less about information and more about character.”

The ending has prompted plenty of fan theories. “Nothing will be better than going online and reading fan theories about what happened at the end because I want to hear that version,” says Green. “I know what did happen, but it doesn’t matter, because what’s canonized here is the emotional effect of things.”

There are no plans to reveal the hidden backstory, but Green says he would “love one day to read a beautifully drawn comic where someone actually writes out something.”