This year, Logan introduced a promising new face to 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, while also bringing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) time as mutant heroes to a close. An inspired take on several iconic stories, including Old Man Logan and the mutant-depowering “M-Day,” the gritty genre-bent film bid a bittersweet farewell to X-Men leader and general badass killing machine Wolverine. On the sweeter (but no less wild) side of things, Mr. Howlett’s final bow also signaled the arrival of his young clone “daughter,” Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) a.k.a. X-23.

As one era ends, another begins. Laura rapidly became a fan favorite and Keen’s performance was one of the highlights of an overall stellar film. Not long after Logan turned into a critical darling ...

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