WARNING: This post contains full SPOILERS for Logan.
Unlike the majority of comic book movies being produced these days, Logan tries to downplay its origins by resisting anything that could be remotely construed as “comic-booky.” The film largely succeeds in that endeavor, as director James Mangold has crafted a poignant character piece about regret and heroism that at times feels more like a gritty Western than a film about a guy who can stab people with metal claws.
Still, for as much as Logan tries to distance itself from the genre, it’s very much still a comic book movie, as evidenced by elements such as the doppelganger villain X-24, whose presence very easily could have derailed the whole thing if the rest of the movie wasn’t firing on all cylinders. And like every comic book movie, there is an assortment of Easter eggs and references to comic books and other pop culture influences both obvious and obscure. Here are a few that you may not have noticed upon initial viewing.
18. Logan’s License Plate
Logan’s license plate on his chrome-plated limo reads WER 112, which may not be a reference to anything, but could also potentially be a nod to either Uncanny X-Men #112 or Wolverine #112. In the former comic, Magneto finds a way to change all the X-Men into children, albeit with their adult intellect still intact. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their motor skills, which in a way mirrors the introduction of mutant children in Logan and Wolverine’s overall slip in power from previous films.
On the other hand, the plot of Wolverine #112 more closely resembles the film, as it depicts a lonely and guilt-ridden Wolverine living separately from the X-Men for the part he played in Professor X becoming America’s most wanted after transitioning into Onslaught, an evil mutant mental form created by the combined consciousness of Xavier and Magneto.