James Mangold Explains Why Logan Didn’t Have A Post-Credits Scene


There are spoilers below for James Mangold’s Logan, so if you haven’t seen it yet we would strong advise you don’t read the following article. You have been warned.

Before Logan arrived in cinemas, director James Mangold had made it known that there was no post-credits scene and the end of the film. Despite his honesty, some fans still believed that a bonus scene was still on the cards, but those peeps were left disappointed as no such sequence was filmed. In a recent interview with The Toronto Sun, Mangold revealed why they opted to go against the grain of current superhero movies.

“The only way we came out with a different movie was trying to do it differently. So I was pretty fanatical about saying, If this is how these other movies are doing it, we’re going the other way.’ If there’s normally a cameo or an end-credit scene, we’re not doing that. That’s essentially turning it into a product that has to come out of the widget machine the same way every time and that’s not how the best movies are going to get made… in any genre.”

Mangold makes an irrefutable point, a bonus scene with a cameo of foreboding set-up for a future sequel would have felt out of place in Logan’s singular tone. Mangold added:

“The second it’s like, ‘Well, you’re supposed to serve cheesecake at the end of the meal,’ my response is, ‘Really? Is that the new rule? I can’t serve dinner at my house without cheesecake at the end?’ That’s a good enough reason not to do it. And really, what are those scenes but ads for another movie? We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms. There was nothing else to say, because we had said it. I didn’t make Cop Land and put a post-credit scene in there. I didn’t make Walk the Line, and then after the credits put in one extra song with Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix.”

Far be it from me to disagree with James Mangold, but The Wolverine totally had a post-credit scene, but as Days of Future Past was on the horizon, it would have been weird not to foreshadow the next movie in the franchise. Logan is free of such things and as such is the most character driven superhero movie we’ve seen since Batman Begins.

Logan is out now in cinemas.

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