‘Logan’: A History of Violence

โ€œThere are no more guns in the valley,โ€ Laura says in her eulogy. She and her band of mutants are no longer on the run but their safety, much like their hopes of a future, come at a cost. The line is a reference to the 1953 Western Shane, a film that operates as key thematic influence in Logan, a film within a film. Logan itself is a film within a larger film universe and an ever-expanding Marvel brand, which, like itโ€™s overt film referencing, is all but impossible to ignore. Logan stands tall as an outlier, doing away with end-of-the-world plots, superhero team-ups, and allusions to future installments, servicing an even greater payoff that not only honors its comic book origins, but transcends them.ย 

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