In Logan, we see that

the Logan clone is killed by X-23 with an Adamantium bullet to the head.

But in previous Wolverine movies,

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine Adamantium bullets did not kill Wolverine
  • The Wolverine the Silver Samurai had to have super heated Adamantium to damage Logan's Adamantium skeleton.

So is the canon from Logan rewriting the nature of Adamantium and thus overwriting previous canon information about Adamantium?


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Not necessarily, and not all of it. X-Men continuity is tricky.

In general, it's hard to reconcile the X-Men Cinematic Universe together no matter which movies you use. Origins: Wolverine contradicts a lot of things, Days of Future Past reboots things, etc. In this case, there were vague and contradictory statements abounding about Logan, some implying that it was its own universe, others that it followed directly from Days of Future Past's end scene, etc.

One thing we do know is that Fox does not consider X-Men Origins: Wolverine to be canon anymore. Fox executives went on record as saying that, part of the motivation for Days of Future Past was to try and "clean up" some of the continuity mess that Origins had left. So we can ignore the fact that an adamantium bullet only injured Logan but killed X-24.

How to reconcile The Wolverine and Logan isn't as clear, but again, the situations aren't exactly the same. The Samurai was trying to slice through Logans claws with his own blades; a bullet fired at close range has much more power behind it, and is already heated from the gunpowder.

We also don't know that X-24 has exactly the same adamantium structure as Logan; perhaps Alkali decided to leave a few Achilles Heels in him just in case he ran amok the way Logan did.

As a whole, there may be parts of prior movies that we have to erase or explain away as non-canon anymore, but the general timeline of events and the characters that took part in them is still mostly intact.

  • There have been a few interviews now where Mangold has basically said that he didn't concern himself too much with continuity, and the fact that Fox didn't mention something as glaring as the Caliban issue to either director indicates that they're not really all that concerned either.
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 4:32
  • @phantom42 got any links to that?
    – Jared
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 21:31
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    @jared here you go "In order to make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie, we felt like we couldn’t hold on to every tradition established in all the movies religiously, or we’d be trapped by the decisions made before us"
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 22:30
  • and “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.”
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 22:31
  • There's a better one floating about too, but my google-fu is failing me at the moment.
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 22:41

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