Yesterday, news was abuzz that three additional minutes was being tacked onto the runtime of Logan. Reportedly, this was for a post credits scene that was being implemented. After a few outlets were able to get in touch with the film’s Director and Cinematographer, this appears to misinformed.
James Mangold, Director of the film, responded to a Tweet yesterday to definitively shoot down the rumors:
@borbs There is not a post credits scene.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) February 21, 2017
That’s a pretty solid no go from Mangold. Maybe James is just being coy? Unfortunately, the title’s Cinematographer, John Mathieson, doubles down on the bad news:
“There’s another scene? Not that I know of.” John continues, “I was in Los Angeles and I had to colourise the whole film, because once you’ve shot a film you’re trying to give a colour arc – a beginning middle and end. So I was very aware of all the scenes because I was grading them. Scenes move around a bit, but I’ve been through that film with a tooth comb.”
We’re two for two debunking this thing. Now, the main source of these rumors, Collider’s Steve Weintraub, is walking back his statements:
“Previously I reported that Logan would have a post-credits scene. After talking with more sources I’ve learned I was wrong in my original report. Logan does not have a post-credits scene. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. After you see Logan you’ll understand why a post-credits scene would feel out of place based on the tone of the picture.”
Weintraub does leave us with one final tease though:
“After doing some digging, I’ve learned I wasn’t altogether wrong about Logan having something cool for the fans. But instead of it being after the credits, maybe it’s before the movie has started…”
As is the norm these days in superhero flicks, Logan is getting some tacked on footage after the credits roll. The questions is, which this being Hugh Jackman’s last go at the role, what is Fox trying to tease?
Deadpool? X-Men? Dark Phoenix?
The critics reviews began rolling out last week for the film. And by all accounts the reception has been quite positive. However, there was no word that a post-credits sequence was in the mix. Well, that’s because at that time there wasn’t one.
Fox just recently announced that the run-time for Logan would be extended by three minutes. This is without a doubt due to the addition of a tag at the end of the film. Tantalizing. But what is the studio trying to build up to?
They obviously want to promote the juggernaut that is their newly minted Deadpool franchise. But forcing a scene between Reynolds and Jackman after Wolverine’s cinematic exodus is likely ham fisted. Rumors are swirling that deals are close to being finalized for a Dark Phoenix film to begin production to follow the ongoing X-Men story. Or, maybe we get a glimpse at what could possibly be next for the Wolverine clone, X-23?
All options are on the table really. And it’s exciting to see where Fox could be headed after making a couple of great decisions in this film universe. I suppose we’ll find out for sure when Logan launches on March 3rd.