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WARNING! THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LOGAN OR OTHER X-MEN MOVIES!
After watching Logan, there are questions to be raised regarding of what happened during the past five years before the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, circa 2023 A.D. Yes, the current, Wolverine solo movie is a stand-alone story that focuses on the aging Logan, and Xavier without referring anything that happened in the previous X-Men movies. In some cases, this movie could be set in a different alternate future, which means the events that happened prior to the movie doesn't exist. But there are some connections here that any viewer couldn't notice or be familiar with.
There are different variations of Weapon X strolling around the Marvel Comics universe. But there's one of them that wasn't mentioned in the comics, and that is Transigen. What is the purpose of Transigen? Well, it's purpose is to either eradicate mutants, or create them. You saw the kids being trained there, and battle whatever it's out there in this almost-dead wasteland, and one of those kids also includes the female clone of Wolverine.
Where does Transigen come from? We know that Dr. Zander Rice is the head of this project. But there's someone most likely to run the scenes in a sinister fashion.
If you have seen X-Men: Apocalypse, then you know that there is a direct connection here with Logan. You see, Dr. Zander Rice mentioned to Logan that his father created Weapon X in the first place, and that Logan killed him. This could be the reason why Dr. Rice wanted to seek revenge. For that reason, Dr. Rice had created the ultimate Weapon X, the X-24. The X-24 is a mindless clone of Logan, who was created to destroy his original counterpart, and possibly participate in dangerous missions, which X-23 had done in the comics.
How does Mr. Sinister tie into this cloning business? Of course, he's been known for cloning mutants in the past comics, either from live or dead ones. He must have sent his men in black to collect blood samples after the young X-Men released Wolverine from the Weapon X facility, judging by the suitcase that says "Essex Corporation." This happened in a post-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse, in case if you haven't seen it.
The question is this. Did Mr. Sinister also create the Transigen? It could be true that the blood samples of Wolverine were taken away, and then be cloned under the orders of Mr. Sinister; hence X-23 and 24 were born. However, that may not be the case. In this alternate timeline of Logan, Essex Corporation never existed, and Transigen was just headed by Dr. Zander Rice.
Maybe Transigen is just a project being given to Dr. Rice by Mr. Sinister. But Rice never mentioned about Dr. Nathaniel Essex or he never knew about the great geneticist running behind the scenes. If Mr. Sinister was responsible for Transigen, where did he disappear?
Whatever happened to Mr. Sinister, we'll probably have to find out, when he does appear in the next X-Men movie after Apocalypse or any other.
Again, if you have seen X-Men Apocalypse, then you know that this Caliban acted as a pawnbroker in the underground tunnels. However, in the Logan timeline, Caliban is seen as a caretaker of Xavier whose dementia have been causing psionic waves to the entire world. Is this the same Caliban we're talking about? We don't know. But there is an indication that Caliban could very well be the same character. Some mutants don't age.
I know what you're thinking here. Of course, Logan and Xavier have aged even though they are still mutants, with the exception of Logan due to his healing factor in the past years, but Caliban's case could be different here. His albino skin may prevented the aging process due to his mutant nature. However, there is a weakness behind it. Caliban couldn't go out in the sun, which is similar to a supernatural vampire. So, it's safe to assume that Logan's Caliban is the same as the one in Apocalypse. Then again, Logan is set in an alternate timeline, and there is a distinct possibility that anything can be different.
Now, I could be wrong here. In Apocalypse, Caliban never looked albino. So that means, Caliban has aged. If Caliban never aged due to his albino skin, then it could mean one thing only. That Logan's Caliban isn't the same as the one being shown in Apocalypse.
The Way of the Samurai
Have you noticed the sword that hangs on the wall? Yes, it's a katana, and that means Logan had travelled to Japan. How does it connect to The Wolverine though? Well, there is a connection here because Logan must have received the sword at some point in time, but in a different scenario.
You see, when Logan had travelled back to 1973 in order to stop the Sentinels, the rest of the past had changed, including the one that Logan went to Japan. Even if Jean Grey was alive and well, Logan still went to Japan. Why? Because he saved a Japanese friend, who goes by the name of Ichiro Yashida, which dated back to their first meeting in 1945. So, whatever happened in that year was still intact, because Logan took part in it. If it wasn't for saving Yashida's life, Logan wouldn't have come to Japan. And most likely... The Wolverine must have still fought the Silver Samurai, who turned out to be Ichiro Yashida himself.
While visiting Japan, Wolverine meets another mutant named Yukio, who has the ability to predict someone's death. Yukio tells Logan that he was about to die, even though he had a healing factor. Of course, we know it can't be a direct connection with his death in the 2017 movie. There are many possible outcomes that Logan can die, and then come back to life. However, she also mentioned his true death, and it could happen anytime, sooner or later.
Again, the events of The Wolverine had been erased due to Logan's time travel mission. But the events might have played out differently, and we still don't know if Logan had met Yukio in this altered timeline. Only a possible fact that remains, Logan still has to visit Japan in order to pay respects for his dying friend, Ichiro Yashida.
The Statue of Liberty
Xavier mentioned that Wolverine and the X-Men had fought together in the Statue of Liberty. We know that this scene happened in the very first X-Men movie. But he didn't mention about the all-mighty, and powerful Magneto, planning to turn humanity into mutates. So, the X-Men could have fought another mutant other than Magneto, or some giant Cloverfield creature. Who knows?
Another Xavier's mention about the past. He said that he met Logan during a cage fight, and this was his first meeting with the feral mutant. It can't be a coincidence, but in this scene, Xavier didn't come here to watch Logan having a match with the human fighters. This fight scene comes from the first X-Men movie.
In Logan, we find that the mutants aren't totally extinct. However, we do find that's not the case. Dr. Zander Rice managed to create mutants from the DNA of dead mutants, or implant mutant DNA in normal humans. There were at least three mutants whom they shared the same powers of the dead.
A new mutant displayed Pyro's powers. The girl who can induce ice breath must have come from Iceman. In the case of Rictor, well... we know he can level earthquakes and all, correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like he used some form of magnetism or telekinesis to level the truck. I can't even tell. If not using either of those powers, this could mean that he has received the powers of Avalanche, whom we haven't seen in any of the X-Men movies.
Then, there is the black, chubby kid who has the powers of electricity the same as Bolt. Remember Bolt? His real name was Christopher Bradley, and he was part of Team X in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He was then killed by Sabretooth. We know this part of the timeline has been erased due to Logan's successful attempt in time travel. However, a different scenario may have taken place. Chris didn't take any part in the Team X operations at all, or he could have just been a test subject of Weapon X.
The New Mutants movie was confirmed, and there were rumors that these so-called last mutants will become the New Mutants. But, it may very well focus on different mutants entirely, even after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. We'll have to wait and see.
In X-Men: The Last Stand, the government scientists found a way to cure mutations. By making a drug derived from Leech, who has the power to dampen mutant abilities. How does Logan connect to this movie? The answer ...Transigen.
Dr. Zander Rice has found a way to suppress mutant births in the last decade, or probably since the year 2023 after Logan came back from 1973. We could be seeing a form of Legacy Virus here, except that the virus only kills mutants. This form of virus only prevents mutant births, which technically kills them. It could mean that Dr. Rice had altered Leech's DNA in order to create a replica of the Legacy Virus.
Of course, the Leech's cure depicted in Last Stand has never occurred, since Logan changed the past. No matter what happened to Leech, he may have still been captured or dead.
There might also be a reverse effect of this cure. The reverse is the Mutant Growth Hormone, the drug that boosts mutant powers. Eventually, this drug might be the cause of...
The Winchester Incident
Xavier mentioned that he killed the X-Men back in Winchester School. We don't get to see what actually happened in the movie. It's probably too grim to expect. But we can assume that something happened to Xavier and his band of X-Men. So...what and how did it happen?
You know the green-liquid drug that Dr. Zander Rice gave it to X-24? Yes, it's the same drug that Logan had to take, so that he can pump up his mutant abilities, and save the mutant kids from the Reavers. What does this mean?
It means that Dr. Zander Rice was involved in distributing the drugs to mutants, which makes them stronger (Let's call this drug "Banshee" for short, since it was mentioned in the Ultimate Comics universe). But there is a side-effect in using the Banshee. An overdose could either kill a mutant or make their abilities totally dangerous. When it comes to Xavier, his powerful mind can affect all mutants, and even kill them.
It was led to believe that Xavier's Cerebro technology wasn't working properly at that point in time. Even without Beast or Forge's help, Xavier had to do the unthinkable; boosting his psychic powers, so that he can locate the mutants around the world. Right?
This is just an assumption. Anything can happen in the Winchester event, so anyone can state their own theory. Would Xavier take the drug that deemed too powerful, even for his mental abilities? You saw him taking another drug in X-Men: Days of Future Past, just so that he can walk again at the cost of his powers. Maybe, Xavier did take the Banshee out of curiosity (No, that can't be right). He was probably kidnapped by the Transigen agents or Reavers, and that Dr. Rice injected the Banshee into his brain.
Again, these are just theories. We may never know what really happened in Winchester. But it's definitely grim.
Which Xavier Are We Seeing?
Okay, we know what happened in X-Men: The Last Stand. But I guess, there's nothing to speculate of how Xavier came to be alive. When I found that Xavier had a twin brother, I mean... Seriously? Anyways, we do know that Xavier had transferred his mind to his comatose brother, which explains why he was alive in the post-credits scene of The Wolverine.
Then, we had X-Men: Days of Future Past to turn things around, and bring the old Xavier back to life. Not only Xavier was alive, Cyclops and Jean Grey also came back. Everyone's happy. But that happiness never lasts.
In case of Logan, we don't know if this is the same Xavier that Logan came back from changing the past. Xavier never mentioned Logan's time travel adventures along the way. If that's the case, then we're assuming that it never happened. Just because the temporal event was never mentioned, it doesn't mean Logan hadn't gone back in time. We may never know at all despite their demise. That being said, if this isn't the Xavier that we know in the previous movies, then it could be said the same for...
After coming back from the past, Logan retains all of his memories intact, even though the future was altered. Remember Xavier told Logan that he has a lot of history to catch up? Yep, the history lesson may have been long to tell, but it's over.
The question remains, did that history lesson led to the events of the movie, Logan? Remember, the movie takes place in 2029 A.D. So, anything can happen within those five years after the events of Days of Future Past.
In the 2017 movie, we still don't know that this is the same Logan who travelled back in time, and save the dark future from the advanced Sentinels. Again, there was never anything being mentioned about Logan's time travel adventure. Logan may have forgotten about it, no matter how the painful process it took him to get to the past.
There you have it, bubs. These are the connections that Logan might indicate they actually happened in the previous X-Men movies, even though the events may not exist due to time travel shenanigans. If I had missed anything, which might indicate further that Logan has past ties with the previous movies, let me know. I'll be glad to hear them.
Note- There may be article updates due to the upcoming X-Men movies, including Deadpool 2, X-Force, New Mutants, and possibly Gambit.