Logan and X-23: where next for Laura on the big screen? (2023)


Dafne Keen was the breakout star of Logan, but where could Laura go next? Some thoughts...

This article contains Logan spoilers, lots of them.

It seems fair to say that Dafne Keen blew the bloody doors off of Logan, making a huge impression in her first performance as Laura, AKA X-23, Wolverine’s clone daughter who was cooked up in a lab by Richard E Grant. Keen’s performance began quiet and neatly understated, but soon exploded with a berserker rage that would make Hugh Jackman’s clawed crusader proud to be her dad.

It’s been well established that Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier will not return after the events of Logan, leaving Keen’s X-23 as our only hope for a follow-up. Let’s have a look at the chances of that happening, and what it might look like if it does…

What’s actually been said
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Naturally, Logan’s director and co-writer James Mangold (who also helmed The Wolverine before it) has already been asked many times about the chances of a Laura spinoff/sequel. It’s one of the big questions that he’s faced time and again on the Logan press tour.


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“I always feel like I’m making a one-off movie every time,” Mangold told ComicBook.comin one interview, suggesting that sequels weren’t what he was thinking about during the production of Logan. “My feeling is that if you can make a good film, it’s naturally going to lend itself to people wanting to see sequels because it’s good and the characters are rich.”

He may not have been planning for it, then, but Mangold is open to the idea of returning to Laura’s story. He gave his most detailed answer on the matter to Collider, saying: “I definitely would like to explore what we could do. […] Dafne [Keen] is an incredible find and an incredible talent, and so answering your question, it would give you serious pause to think about how she might grow older in this role, and I think it might be something magical to see on film.”

Indeed it would. But would Dafne Keen be up for it? ComicBook.comasked her just that, and the actress gave a one-word answer, in fitting with her character of few words. Luckily for fans of Laura, that one word was “Yes.”

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So, Mangold is keen and Keen is keen, and you can bet that 20th Century Fox would be up for producing another Laura-centric movie, considering the dosh that Logan is already raking in. They could keep the budget low again, minimising the risk, if they wanted to. The X-23 spinoff definitely could happen.

With those facts of the matter out of the way, let’s get to the baseless speculation. Where might Laura’s story go next? Here are some thoughts…

‘Eden’ and the other kids
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Laura’s original mother figure, her mutant father and her surrogate grandfather have all died by the end of Logan. Gabriella, Wolverine and Professor X all lost their lives during the quest to get her to safety. Laura is bound to feel major guilt about that, which could make for a strong core to another in-depth character piece. If they picked up right where Logan left off, there would be plentiful story to tell.


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As well as the lingering emotional turmoil, there are plot questions left unanswered by Logan that a direct sequel could address. For instance, Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film seemed to suggest that someone was masterminding the safe passage for mutants out of the USA.

After all, someone wrote that comic with the coordinates for ‘Eden’. And when the kids got there, someone was on the other end of a radio, telling them when the satellites would be down and it’d be safest to cross the border. Who was that, a friend or a foe? Is there a chance that Laura and her super-powered chums have been lured into a trap?

This is all just speculation on my part, but that’s definitely somewhere you could send the story. Mangold could write it into a real ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ situation, revealing that ‘Eden’ isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. That sort of revelation would undermine the sacrifices Gabriella, Logan and Charles made to get Laura to Eden, which would only add to her guilt.

Also, would the American government (especially the evil one represented in Logan) really give up on tracking Laura just because she’s made it to Canada? It seems doubtful.

However, the idea of a bunch of kids running from one place to another, unsure who they could trust, getting into scrapes and big action set pieces at every turn, does sound dangerously Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials-y. I’m sure Mangold could make a better film than that, though. Something like Logan crossed with The Goonies could work wonderfully.

Strike out on her own
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If explaining the tiniest details about Logan and its immediate fallout isn’t of much interest to Mr Mangold, he could follow the example of the Wolverine solo trilogy and plonk Laura in a whole new era and location. No Wolverine spinoff movie has started in the same decade or locale as the last, so why should Laura’s second cinematic outing follow on directly from Logan?


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Perhaps they could establish that Laura, like Logan before her, is aging at a slower rate than everyone else. They could set the film fifty years after Logan, allowing the future landscape and the players in it to change significantly, while Laura essentially looks the same. On the inside, though, she could have grown up significantly.

Add in a whole new set of baddies and problems, and some supporting characters for Laura to call her own, and Fox could launch a whole franchise around X-23 that isn’t intrinsically attached to the previous big screen X-Men. Like Logan, it could be completely cameo free and focused on its characters.

Alternatively, if Fox do want to keep tying into Hugh Jackman’s tenure, they could have Laura travelling the globe in search of relics from her father’s life. They didn’t have much time to bond in Logan, but given the length of Wolvie’s lifespan and the footprints he must’ve left behind, Laura could learn a lot about her dad by following in his footsteps. If they decided to go down this route, perhaps they could have Laura bumping into her dad’s long lost brother, Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth. That could be fun.

In all honesty, though, I prefer the idea of Laura having her own adventures now, that don’t tie back in any specific way to her father’s life. In my opinion, they should let her guilt over his death by the main connective tissue, not the entire plot. But what do I know?

Deadpool 2 (and the magic of time travel)
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Deadpool 2 is set to add Cable, the metal-armed son of Cyclops, to its heroic roster. In the comics, Cable’s backstory is that he was raised in a dark, dystopian future before time-travelling to the present as a complete and total badass. If Fox want to move Laura into the modern day, and create opportunities for her to interact with other iconic characters, they could use Cable’s appearance in Deadpool 2 to make the transition.

All they would have to do is say that the dystopian future that Cable is travelling back from is the same one that Logan is set in (perhaps things got even worse a number of years later), and establish that he’s brought X-23 along for the ride for some reason. It would be worth the effort to see Laura verbally sparring with Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson. That would be a sight to behold.


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Speaking of Mr Reynolds, he’s been vocal about his desire for Hugh Jackman to appear in Deadpool 2. But Jackman is insistent that he’s retiring from the Wolverine role now, with Logan being the perfect send-off. If there’s space for an adamantium-clad clawed hero in Deadpool 2, though, could they sub in Dafne Keen’s Laura to replace Jackman’s Wolvie?

This one feels like a long shot, especially since Logan’s James Mangold is seemingly open to doing another film with Laura in it. Would he be happy for the Deadpool 2 team to take the character into the modern day? Perhaps not.

Deadpool 2 starts shooting this summer, so we’ll probably know quite soon if Dafne Keen is in it. Like I said, though; it’s a long shot.

Join The New Mutants
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If Fox do manage to manoeuvre X-23 into the modern day, the possibilities for her big screen future are endless. She wouldn’t just have to live in the Deadpool franchise. The New Mutants, for instance, would be a good fit for her character thematically, since it focuses on a group of younger X-Men recruits with a bit more edge to them than the main gang.

The Fault In Our Stars’ Josh Boone is helming this one, and the hot rumour is that he’s convinced James McAvoy to reprise his role as Professor X for the film. It remains to be seen exactly when this movie will be set, but my best guess would be the modern day. Since McAvoy is the only First Class star said to be returning, it wouldn’t make much sense to set it in the 1980s or the 1990s or something.

The fact that there hasn’t been a mainline X-Men film set in anything resembling the present since X-Men: The Last Stand is a bit odd, when you think about it. It’s all been dark futures and nostalgic past decades since then, with only spinoffs like The Wolverine and Deadpool allowed to take place in the here and now.

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Perhaps The New Mutants will remedy that, showing an aged-up McAvoy recruiting his next bunch of heroes many years after the Jean Grey/Cyclops/Storm team – which we saw in both the original trilogy and the final frames of X-Men: Apocalypse – has graduated.

This film is a bit of an enigma, to be perfectly candid. But if it’s set in a time period that Laura can be wangled into, it would be very interesting to see her interacting with a younger Charles Xavier than the one she knew in Logan.

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Join the classic X-Men
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Nothing is outside the realms of possibility, especially in a franchise with a continuity this fluid, so it’s probably worth putting this suggestion on the table while I’m in rampant speculation mode: is there a chance that some time-travel trickery could see Laura inducted into the classic X-Men team that was formed in the final scenes of X-Men: Apocalypse?

The next film to feature this classic iteration of the X-Men is believed to start shooting this year. Its rumoured title is X-Men: Supernova. Simon Kinberg is rumoured to be directing it, and he’s once again working on the script (following his experience on X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse). Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey is believed to the focus, with Kinberg keen to take another run at The Dark Phoenix Saga after the critical bashing of The Last Stand.

As much as Laura would bring an edginess that’s currently lacking in this Wolverine-less team, I’d say the chances of this happening are next to nil. Since there isn’t believed to be any time travel in the movie, and it’s seemingly set in the 1990s, there isn’t really a way it could happen. Plus, the confusion among the team regarding the arrival of a Wolverine clone would probably overshadow the whole film.

We’ll have to make do with Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp’s Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler and Evan Peters’ Quicksilver in this one, then, assuming that they’re all contracted for more films.


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Logan and X-23: where next for Laura on the big screen? (7)

To wrap up, then; essentially, it’s all speculation at this stage. Personally, I love the idea of Cable bringing her to the modern day in Deadpool 2, potentially leading to Laura having a presence in the central team of The New Mutants.

However, since James Mangold is the one that shepherded X-23 onto the big screen in such style, he should get first dibs on what happens next with the character. If he wants to keep her in the semi-dystopian future of Logan, then so be it. That dude has majorly earned our trust with Logan.

Laura has had many enemies in the comics, including evil clones of herself, evil clones of her father and mutant menaces we haven’t yet seen at the movies. And of course, the Weapon X programme is a central part of her story, which they could revisit if they wanted to. There are plenty of possibilities that could offer Laura a challenge, wherever she ends up in the timeline.

We’ll just have to wait and see to find out where she’s actually headed. As long as Dafne Keen keeps playing her, I’ll be happy. Feel free to leave your own theories on Laura’s future in the comments below…


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Where did Laura go after Logan? ›

Natasha offers Laura to come to the Avengers Academy and she accepts. The next day she tells Logan what happened, and Wolverine tells her he is going to miss her and he is sorry he could not do better by her. She tells him she is going to miss him too, then she takes a motorcycle and drives to the academy.

What does Logan say to Laura at the end? ›

His last words before he dies are “Ah, so this is what it feels like” in response to Laura calling him daddy first time in the movie as well as listening these words for the first time(in movies) from his own (Technically) daughter. What are the reasons that Logan is called Wolverine?

What happened to Laura from X-Men? ›

In X-Men #16 (2022) Forge discovered that Laura had never died inside the Vault, and had been kept in stasis. Forge rescued her, and brought her back to Krakoa. This has created a bit of a mess since there are now two versions of Laura Kinney running around.

Why didn t Laura talk in Logan? ›

Laura seems like she may be mute — perhaps she is too damaged by a childhood in which she was trained to be a weapon. But she actually just doesn't trust anyone yet (and the one person she did, Professor X, doesn't make it to the end of the film).

Who is the mother of Logan's daughter Laura? ›

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Laura has Wolverine's DNA, but it's actually entirely mixed with Sarah's. The result, Tony explains, is that Laura is no clone, or even a "genetic twin." Laura is Wolverine's biological daughter, and Sarah is fully her biological mother.

Is Laura Logan's biological daughter? ›

Laura (designated as X23-23) is a mutant, artificially created by Alkali-Transigen to use as a soldier. She is also the biological daughter of Wolverine, with similar powers, including regeneration and adamantium claws.

Who is stronger Laura or Logan? ›

Wolverine has more brute strength and experiencs, but Laura is more feral, ruthless and less likely to hold back.

Why did Logan smile at the end? ›

This was not a fan “mistake”; it was a view Cox himself shared in an interview with Vulture: “Logan knew in order to sacrifice himself, he would have to do it through his family. He figured that the one chance he had was to make Kendall into the killer. That's why, at the end, he smiles.

Who should Laura end up with? ›

The book ends with Laura choosing to be with Nacho, but that is after Massimo holds her against her will, drugs her and tries to get her pregnant. It's not really a surprise she escaped with Nacho in that scenario. The epilogue shows they have a daughter together, while Massimo has given up and agreed to a divorce.

What happens to Logan's daughter? ›

At the end, we see her wandering off with her fellow young mutants to a sanctuary. Could the franchise be setting up an all-new X-Men crew led by Laura as the new Wolverine? That is very similar to what happens in the comics. In a 2014 series, Logan dies and Laura becomes the one and only Wolverine in the books.

Who is Wolverine wife? ›

17. Mariko Yashida. Past lover of Wolverine. On Earth-172, Earth-295 and Earth-1298, she is his wife and the mother of his children (Kirika on Earth-295;Brian and Mari on Earth-1298).

Who is Wolverine's son? ›

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Daken is the mutant son of Wolverine and his deceased wife Itsu, possessing superhuman abilities similar to his father (e.g., healing factor, retractable claws) as well as pheromone manipulating powers.

How did Laura get Logan's DNA? ›

Laura is Logan's clone. She was created from a corrupted sample of Logan's DNA, with only the X chromosome salvageable, which (in comic book science) explains why she's female. While Logan was initially distant towards Laura, he comes to see her as his daughter.

What does Laura call Logan? ›

She runs to Logan and cuts him down from the tree, but Logan's wounds aren't healing. Logan tearfully tells Laura to run with the others; they're free. She cries, calling him 'Daddy' and Logan responds, "So... this is what it feels like" before he dies.

What names was Laura saying in Logan? ›

Laura : Jonah, Gideon, Rebecca, Delilah, Rictor. Logan : Stop saying those names. Right now.

Where did Laura come from Logan? ›

In Logan, Laura is a teenage Mutant genetically engineered from Wolverine's DNA. Since Mutants are no longer born, they are instead bred as weapons to be used by the people who can afford this expensive process. As Wolverine's biological daughter, Laura has her father's healing factor and retractable claws.

What happened to Laura at the end? ›

The book ends with Laura choosing to be with Nacho, but that is after Massimo holds her against her will, drugs her and tries to get her pregnant. It's not really a surprise she escaped with Nacho in that scenario. The epilogue shows they have a daughter together, while Massimo has given up and agreed to a divorce.

Does Laura have adamantium in Logan? ›

Comics readers will frequently see her incorporate her foot blades into more elegant martial arts attacks, emphasising kicks and distant strikes, where Logan is more of a brawler. Also, only Laura's claws are coated in unbreakable adamantium, rather than her entire skeletal structure.

How did Laura become Logan's daughter? ›

She was a clone created from a stolen sample of Logan's DNA. Not your traditional “when a mummy and daddy really love each other…” conception story. But yes, Laura is his daughter in the most literal, sterile sense of the word, he is the (unwitting) donor of her DNA.


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