X-24 is a clone of Wolverine. Wolverine is basically immortal if not for long term Adamantium poisoning. Wolverine, in one timeline, has been shot in the head with Adamantium with only minor effects. In the source material, he's been reduced to a single cell and regenerated. He's been decapitated and dismembered. Even with Adamantium limiting his healing factor, he's the hardest sob to kill in any universe.

So why does a single bullet shatter his head like that, killing X-24 instantly instead of regenerating? He should be able to regenerate in a few hours or days without a problem. After all, he has only been around and with Adamantium for months or years, no where near as long as the original (50 years of Adamantium until death, roughly) so he shouldn't have a compromised healing factor. Has production explained the discrepancy?

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    Maybe he did regenerate in a few hours, but we can't be sure as it was never shown. But now his boss is dead, so I don't know what will happen to him... Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 18:15
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    Isn't there a rule against spoilers in the title of a question? Please edit!
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    Actually, it is a rule that spoilers shouldn't be in question titles: "we make every effort to remove spoilers from Question Titles which is one part of the site that does not have mark-up capabilities and is out in the open."
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 18:27
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    @KutuluMike nice edit
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    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 18:30
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    Some people would even go as far as downvoting a question that clearly violates the policy of avoiding spoilers in question titles, even more so if the user is aware of that policy. But I don't regard that a proper attitude towards the problem and editing in the way KutuluMike did is preferable and fortunately already solved the problem.
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As I mentioned in the related question on the sister site, the only way in which this discrepancy has been explained is that the producers of Logan openly admit that they ignored continuity for the sake of story.

As James Mangold explained in this interview:

In order to make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie, we felt like we couldn’t hold on to every tradition established in all the movies religiously, or we’d be trapped by the decisions made before us

Otherwise, we are left to speculate on why X-24 might be vulnerable to an adamantium bullet to the head when Wolverine was not. It's possibly there's an in-universe explanation (for example, Alkali may have intentionally left an Achilles Heel in X-24 in case he pulled the same stunt Logan did), but the movie never tells us what that is.

  • For one thing, you see the bullet exit the other side, ripping his skull wide open (with metal visibly splayed out) . Maybe X-24 can't survive with that kind of permanent damage to his head. Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 18:34
  • @Jack his regular bone skull and brain tissue should regenerate... That's the question.
    – anon
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 21:03
  • Note that the movie also renegotiates Wolverine's healing factor in its very premise. Instead of being unstoppable and capable of regenerating a full Wolverine from a single cell, it has failed him and he is dying of adamantium poisoning, something that's just unthinkable in a comic book continuity. The whole premise of the movie requires that Wolverine's healing factor has its limits.
    – J Doe
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 23:00
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    He's currently dead of Adamantium poisoning in mainstream 616 comic continuity...
    – anon
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 23:49

There is no indication in the film that X-24 is actually dead. He was shot and then collapsed, but that's the last we saw of him. For all we know, he could have regenerated after some time had elapsed.

As to why he didn't attack the kids if he regenerated, perhaps it took him much longer than Logan to recuperate because he was just a clone. Or maybe he pulled a 'Regarding Henry' and became a nice guy after being shot. In any case, there was no explicit answer in the movie.

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