*SPOILERS - obviously!
There won't be any way to top the emotionally raw and powerful ending to the clawed X-Men superhero following Logan. The title has been universally acclaimed from critics and fans alike to already rake in $437.3m from their $97m investment. A return that speaks volumes about the popularity of the picture.
Yet it's headline star Hugh Jackman revealed this week that he did not want to kill off the character upon the final sequence. An admission that may surprise a few. Talking to the press in the lead up to the March 3 premiere, Jackman explained that he had come to the end of his time with Marvel to put a red pen through the idea of any Deadpool crossover. But it took some convincing from his director to get to that juncture.
To Die or Not To Die - That Is The Question
Speaking with Yahoo, the 48-year old opened up about the production process while going into depth about the creation of the R rated romp. Bringing up the final moments we would ever see of Wolverine, Jackman pointed out that this was not what he originally intended before James Mangold intervened.
"It was always floated that Logan would possibly die," he remarked. "I said, 'Let's be open, because it may be more powerful for him not to die'... James (Mangold director) 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.'"
Jean Grey Flashback Scene Almost Included
Outlining his concept for the movie, Mangold said that he floated with the idea of reintroducing Jean Grey for a flashback scene at the dinner table until he thought better of it.
"I sketched out different conversations for that dinner scene and one of them went to a much darker place. Mrs Munson asks Logan if he's married, and Charles says he was - but he killed her. Of course, he wasn't really married, but what that then spawns is Charles waxing poetic about Jean Grey, and it's a really cool moment. Both Hugh and Patrick were amazing. The problem was, it created an incredibly powerful lead brick in the middle of the only moment in the movie where there was a breather. Even I, with my taste for the dark, felt that it was one too many."