Logan

fans who waited for an end-credits scene after the film were disappointed to discover there isn't one at all.

That's because of a deliberate choice made by director James Mangold, who worked hard to steer the film clear of familiar superhero movie tropes.

Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Mangold said the decision to avoid the Marvel-favoured approach of including an end-credits scene was all part of doing things differently.

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Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart star in Logan. Photo / Supplied
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart star in Logan. Photo / Supplied

"I was pretty fanatical about saying, 'If this is how these other movies are doing it, we're going the other way.' If there's normally a cameo or an end-credit scene, we're not doing that," he told the Sun.

"That's essentially turning it into a product that has to come out of the widget machine the same way every time and that's not how the best movies are going to get made...in any genre."

Despite end-credit scenes now being an expectation of superhero films, Mangold was determined to set Logan apart from the Marvel machine.

Hugh Jackman as Logan. Photo / Supplied
Hugh Jackman as Logan. Photo / Supplied

"The second it's like, 'Well, you're supposed to serve cheesecake at the end of the meal,' my response is, 'Really? Is that the new rule? I can't serve dinner at my house without cheesecake at the end?'

"And really, what are those scenes but ads for another movie? We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms. There was nothing else to say, because we had said it."

Regardless of Mangold's intentions, the decision left many fans waiting in theatres, including at the film's Auckland preview screening, only to be rewarded with a blank screen and the lights turning on.

Logan

is the third and final solo film starring Wolverine, who first appeared in the

X-Men

films. It is the ninth time Hugh Jackman has portrayed the titular character.

James Mangold also directed 2013's The Wolverine.