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Breaking Macho: What ‘Logan’ And ‘Lego Batman’ Have In Common

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20th Century Fox / Warner Bros

Earlier this month, X-Men fans were treated to Logan, a Wolverine movie … without Wolverine. A sort of adaptation of the comic Old Man Logan (although more in tone than plot), the movie imagines a future where mutants are nearly all dead, and a barely hanging on Logan is low-key doing chauffeur work to take care of a decrepit Charles Xavier. When some bad guys go after a young girl named Laura suddenly in Logan’s care, the ex X-Man takes a road trip to get her to safety --- while killing a lot of people who get in their way.’

While some are comparing Logan to Deadpool, the other R-rated film starring a Marvel hero from the past year, we should be looking at its similarities to another superhero film from 2017 instead; The Lego Batman Movie.

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The Best There Is: The X-23 Mixtape

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David Lopez, David Navarrot, Nathan Fairbairn and Cory Petit

Since she crossed over to comics in 2003 from the underrated X-Men Evolution cartoon, Laura Kinney --- AKA X-23, Logan's female clone and surrogate daughter --- has become one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Universe. A survivor in every sense of the word who moved on from her bioengineered origins as a weapon to become her own person, Laura has been the current Wolverine for almost two years now and, if there's any justice, she'll stay Wolverine forever.

Here, then, are eight songs that explore every facet of the All-New Wolverine's long and winding road from emotionless killer to the best there is at what she does.

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‘Logan’ Found Footage Video Reveals Blood Origins of X-23

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And now for something a little different from the Logan marketing department: Amid the usual glut of TV spots and featurettes comes this unnerving found footage-style promotional video, which offers a look inside the creation of X-23 — aka the young female clone of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. It’s an intriguing change of pace from the typical ads, that’s for sure.

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X-23 Gon’ Give It To Ya: Five Essential Laura Kinney Stories

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The recently released trailer for Logan — Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine — has fans hopeful it could be the best in what can generously be referred to as a patchy trilogy of solo films for the character. The central focus for the new trailer is the young girl left in Logan's care by Professor X, who it was revealed will be called "Laura" confirming her as at least analogous to Laura Kinney, the X-Man formerly known as X-23 and currently starring as the new Wolverine in All-New Wolverine.

Laura first appeared in the animated series X-Men Evolution before making the leap to the comics as Wolverine discovered the existence of his teenage female clone. Laura has been a huge part of Marvel Comics for over twelve years now, and there's a lot of continuity packed in there, but we've picked out the five best comics to help familiarize yourself with the character.

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Rumor: More ‘Logan’ Character Identities Potentially Revealed

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After months and months of silence, the next Wolverine movie Logan is suddenly giving us new bits of informations by the day. We’ve learned that big bad Mister Sinister was confirmed a while back, and that Boyd Holbrook is playing Donald Pierce, the nefarious creator of the Reavers, relentless cyborgs engineered to hunt down mutants. Now, a new tidbit has surfaced: the name of the person whose hand is holding Hugh Jackman’s in the film’s official poster.

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The Replacements: Logan And The Legacy Of Wolverine

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Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well-loved role can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.

This week we're looking at the characters that have attempted to claim they're the best there is at what they do. These are the replacements who have followed in the footsteps of the legendary Wolverine.

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100 X-Men: How Do Laura, Kitty, Benjamin, Hope & Gambit Rate As Great X-Men?

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Who are the greatest ever X-Men? We’re going to try to answer that question with your help, by putting the spotlight on different individual X-Men from across the franchise’s long history and pairing up your votes with the votes and opinions of our panel of highly opinionated X-Men fans. Your scores will be added to ours to determine the top 100 X-Men.

Today we're asking for your input on the greatness of two of the toughest young women ever to wield Wolverine claws, Kitty Pryde and Laura Kinney, plus the latest and youngest of the many Marvel mutant redheads. But perhaps most contentious of all, here's your chance to decide if Gambit is the best or the worst.

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Is An All-New Wolverine Coming To ‘Wolverine 3’?

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According to SuperHeroHype, a very exciting character may be making her live action debut in next year's Wolverine 3. The film focuses on a team-up between Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, but SuperHeroHype has apparently heard (although they stress it hasn't been confirmed) that the story also introduces Laura Kinney, the young female clone of Logan who currently holds the name and costume of Wolverine in the comics.

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Wolverine is Dead, Long Live Wolverine: The Case for Laura Kinney

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There have been two Hawkeyes for years. Now there are two Spider-Men, and soon there will be two Captains America. There’s officially only one Thor, but there’s also this guy named Odinson who readers still like to call Thor, while referring to the real Thor as Lady Thor or similar. But there’s only one Wolverine, and her name is Laura Kinney.

No disrespect to James “Logan” Howlett, the original Wolverine. He was a great character, but he lived a long life and then died. His elderly counterpart from another world is hanging around, but that guy has no interest in being Wolverine. So that leaves us with a new Wolverine, with countless stories ahead and lots of room to grow. Which is why I hope Logan never comes back. I don’t say that with animosity. I grew up with Logan as Wolverine, but his story is over, and I genuinely think that’s for the best.

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The ‘Astonishing X-Men’ Recruit Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins to the Team

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Marvel fans disheartened by the announced cancellation of X-23, the ongoing monthly starring Wolverine's teenage clone daughter, can take heart in the latest announcement from the publisher. Not only is that book's star not going anywhere -- she'll be joining the cast of Avengers Academy -- but X-23 writer Marjorie Liu isn't going far either...

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