And through it all, taking a role in every film (in parts which range from being the lead, to stealing what probably should've been another person's role, to showing up in a 20-second cameo, to being a paper mask), is Hugh Jackman. Other superhero series have risen and fallen, and the one lone constant of the genre is the star of Kate & Leopold. We've watched two whole Spider-Man series run their courses, and the one guy who has taken no superhero sick days is the man who, immediately prior to acting in X-Men, was absolutely delightful in Oklahoma!
"There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, bub."
And it's almost over.
Hugh Jackman has repeatedly said that Logan will be his last time unsheathing the claws, and while that deprives us of a glorious Deadpool 2 wherein Wolverine tells Ryan Reynolds to "Shut the f**k up" at least a dozen times, you can't really argue with his decision to leave. He's been doing this for 17 years, but it isn't just the 1.7 decades of paychecks that makes his exit special. You see, Logan is just as much about Hugh Jackman leaving the superhero business as it is about finally giving Wolverine the swan song that he deserves.
Proper, memorable deaths and finales are things that are rarely given to superhero fans. Yeah, demises are handed to us copiously. Every member of the Marvel Comics universe has died in someone else's arms at least once. But only about one out of ten ever feels like it really means anything, because due to the nature of comics, you can assume that the character will show back up in a big, dramatic splash panel the next year. The same goes for movie series. The Dark Knight trilogy is one of the best-reviewed things in the history of everything, and the ending of that was basically a trembling fart in the sunset. And it certainly didn't help that some new dude showed up as Batman less than four years later to star in a series that was created to replicate the success of another company's series.
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This movie should've made a trillion dollars. Should've.