From it’s inception, X-Men relied heavily on political undertones and took on sensitive subjects including racism, segregation, AIDS, and war. The latest (and best) film in the franchise is Logan — no exception — and while being more character-driven than previous films, it shows why Wolverine is the most libertarian superhero of all time.
The film takes place in the year 2029 and the character of Wolverine has aged significantly, is living off the grid with Professor X, and is making a living by driving a limo using a car sharing app — what’s more libertarian than Uber? His superhero days are long behind him and the only time he acts violently is when he’s provoked.
Throughout the film, Wolverine constantly fantasizes about living on a boat with Professor X and being free of dealing with anyone — a poor man’s version of Peter Thiel’s dream of seasteading.
His fantasies are interrupted when a new character named Laura emerges, she has the same super powers and has suffered at the hands of military scientists who conducted experimentations on Logan and gave both of them adamantium claws.
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Logan was never been a believer in mutant brotherhood and the identity politics that surrounds the X-Men comics. He’s a loner, a recluse, and a libertarian, he doesn’t want to be part of any institutions and questions other mutants for their needing to belong. When Professor X demands they protect Laura he at first rejects the idea insisting “it’s not my problem” but has a change of heart when he learns she’s his cloned-daughter who raised in a military lab.
His decision to protect Laura and Professor don’t come out of any identity-based philosophy, but only for the fact that he choose to treat them like family.
The last X-Men decides he has to get his daughter to safety in a community 0f mutants, away from the long reach of the military-industrial complex that destroyed his life.
Over the course of the 9 X-Men movies featuring Wolverine, the character is a constant struggle to live independently of the government intrusion, the police state that tries to document and imprison mutants, and the identity politics that forces mutants to live their entire life based upon the features they were born with.
It’s in Logan that Wolverine finally is able to achieve those libertarian dreams for his daughter.