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Allow me to introduce myself. Zander Rice. I believe you knew my father in the Weapon X program.
~ Zander Rice first meeting Logan.
My goal was not to end mutant kind, but to control it. I realized, we needn't stop perfecting what we eat and drink, but we could use that as part of us to perfect ourselves. To distribute gene therapy discreetly through everything, from sweet drinks to breakfast cereals. And it worked. Random mutancy went through the way of polio.
~ Dr. Rice explaining his plans to Wolverine.
Maria, we do NOT dress them up for Halloween. We do not call them 'babies' or kiss boo-boos. Don't think of them as children. Think of them as things. With patents and copyrights.
~ Rice scolding a nurse for treating the Mutant children as people.

Dr. Zander Rice is the final antagonist of the X-Men film series, serving as the main antagonist of the 2017 Marvel superhero drama film Logan and the unseen overarching antagonist of thw 2020 Marvel superhero horror film The New Mutants.

He is the surgical head of Essex Corp, the leader and employer of The Reavers, as well as the mastermind behind Project: Transigen. He is based on the character from the Marvel Comics.

He was portrayed by Richard E. Grant, who also played Withnail in Withnail & I, Barkis Bittern in Corpse Bride, the Great Intelligence in Doctor Who, Vic Van Wrinkle in Horrid Henry: The Movie, The Man With a Beard But No Hair in A Series of Unfortunate Events and General Pryde in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker.


A sophisticated genius would be the best way to describe Dr. Zander Rice. He talks in a smooth, collected way almost all the time in order to make the person he is talking to believe that he is affable.

While he does seem genuinely nice at times, he is also often arrogant, underestimating Wolverine's powers when Donald Pierce was torturing Caliban.

Rice is a cruel monster that tortures and enslaves mutant kids for monetary gain, making their lives absolute nightmares in the process. Not only that, but Rice is also delusional, and sees what he does as less brutal than it truly is.


X-Men: Apocalypse

A younger Dr. Zander Rice is seen with glasses, entering The Alkali Facility and creating X-24.


His father, Dale Rice, originally founded Essex Corp. After he was killed by the Wolverine, his son, Zander continued to work in the company. He signed a project, named "Project: Transigen", whose purpose was to capture and control mutantkind.

He later hired on the ex-military mercenaries, the Reavers, led by Donald Pierce, as a private security force for his company.

Rice bred mutant children by impregnating Mexican women with DNA taken from other mutants. Through this method, various mutants were born into the X-23 program, including the Wolverine's biological daughter, Laura Kinney. However, Laura had betrayed him and tried to massacre the facility. Gabriela, a nurse working for Transigen, also helped many mutant kids, including Laura, escape. A while after that, he decided to recapture Laura and program her to be the new Weapon X.

Using Caliban

My name is Dr. Rice. But you can call me Zander if you like.
~ Dr. Zander Rice introducing himself to Caliban.

Dr. Zander Rice sends Pierce and his men to recapture Laura, and kill whoever stands in his way, mostly the Wolverine. After the many failed attempts of capturing them, Rice decides to "bring new tools to bear". Using mutant tracker Caliban, Rice and the Reavers track Logan, Xavier and Laura to Will Munson's house. Dr. Rice sends X-24 to kill Charles Xavier and recover Laura.

Zander's attack has caused the deaths of Will Munson and his family. Rice tried to get Caliban to control the mutants, however, Caliban took control of X-24 and caused him to kill a few of Rice's soldiers. Caliban then threw two grenades, and bombed Rice's van. Rice later returned to his base to plan a strategy while the Reavers took care of X-24 and Donald Pierce. He determines that X-24 has fulfilled the project's purpose and decides to kill all of the remaining mutant children. Rice then receives reports from Pierce about the whereabouts of the mutant kids.

Final Battle

Random mutancy went the way of polio. We embarked on our endeavor... (Logan: Growing mutants of your own!) Precisely.
~ Rice's last words to Logan/Wolverine moments before being shot

He and the Reavers later go to stop the mutants from crossing the border into Canada. Meanwhile, Dr. Rice and the Reavers chase after the mutant kids, almost managing to capture them all, until Logan enters the scene and starts tearing them down.

Dr. Zander Rice reveals to Logan his plans to gain control of the mutants, and states that he does so in order continue the legacy of his father, and become rich. While monologuing his intentions to use the mutants and exploit their powers, an angered Logan kills RIce with a shot to the throat while the mutant kids kill Pierce with their powers.

Unfortunately, Rice's death proved to be Logan's downfall as it drove an angry X-24 to kill Logan by impaling him on a large tree branch, though X-24 would later be shot to death by Laura in revenge for Logan's death.



  • In the March 2017 issue of Empire, it is revealed that Rice's father was killed by Wolverine during the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, a moment adapted from comic format.
  • Like his father, Dr. Zander Rice was killed by Logan / The Wolverine.
    • Zander is the last person Logan ever kills before dying at the hands of X-24.

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