New ‘Logan’ Deleted Scene Confirms Caliban’s Fiery Fate
Even though it was the last in a kind of series, Logan introduced quite a few new characters into the X-Men universe, while simultaneously saying goodbye to some familiar ones. Of these new characters, some of them left the story barely after we’d gotten to know them, including Stephen Merchant’s creepy, melancholy mutant Caliban.
[This post contains SPOILERS for Logan.]
When we first meet back up with Wolverine, he’s enlisted the help of mutant finder Caliban, to aid him in caring for the now senile Professor X, whose telepathic powers pose a risk to anyone nearby. After Wolverine and X-23 go on the run, Caliban ends up getting captured by Zander Rice and his Reaver buddies and forced to help them locate the escaped X-23. Long story short, Caliban redeems himself in a way by blowing up the van he’s kept imprisoned in, and Rice along with it.
In the final cut of the movie, that’s all you see of his apparent demise, but a small deleted scene, courtesy of Total Film, serves to confirm Caliban’s final fate. It’s become an unwritten rule with superheroes, that if you don’t see a character die (and sometimes even if you do!) they’ll be back sooner or later. All we see of Caliban’s death in the movie is the van blowing up, but in this new scene we see the bloody, burned aftermath. Caliban crawls a few feet through the dirt towards Logan, who is cradling X-23 in his arms, and the two lock eyes before Caliban collapses to the ground. It’s a small bit, and I can understand why it was ultimately removed, but it still makes for a good deleted scene. As James Mangold is a master of the Meaningful Look, this glance between Logan and Caliban says far more than either of the two could communicate with words.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan is currently available on Blu-Ray.