20th Century Fox’s teaser trailer for Logan, the third Wolverine spinoff film as well as the final one starring Hugh Jackman as the movie’s adamantium-clawed namesake, has now been classified. That means that the movie’s first theatrical preview will soon be arriving online (possibly even this week, at the time of writing this), before it screens in theaters – no doubt, attached to prints of movies such as fellow Marvel comic book adaptation, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, among others over the approaching end-of-year holiday season.
Until then though, the series of black and white photographs depicting places and characters in Logan that have been released so far will have to suffice. Fortunately, the latest addition to that growing pile of images is a cool one: the first official look at Jackman in the film, where he looks appropriately Old Man Logan-ish as a bearded and worse-for-wear Wolverine – one who, reportedly, looks this way as a result of his mutant healing ability having begun to fade at last in the film’s near-futuristic setting.
Previously, Jackman’s haggard appearance as Wolvie in the movie had only been glimpsed through leaked photos from the Logan set – as well as a pic posted by Jackman that briefly raised concerns about his health among fans who weren’t aware of his makeup that he’s wearing in the film. You can check out the full image of Jackman as Old Man Wolverine/Logan that was posted online by Logan director James Mangold, below:
Logan reportedly takes place in the year 2024: a time when Wolverine’s self-healing has diminished and Professor X (Charles Xavier) is now quite frail – and only occasionally lucid. Nonetheless, the two old friends end up reuniting in order to undertake one final adventure: rescuing a young mutant girl (who might or might not be X-23 aka the “female Wolverine”) from a clandestine operation that’s been capturing underage mutants and turning them into “weapons” for the government to use as it deems fit. Now-confirmed to be playing opposite “Team Logan” in the film are the Reavers, cybernetically-enhanced super soldiers led by one Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook).
2013’s The Wolverine, which Mangold also directed, offers (arguably) the most thematically-rich story featuring the Logan character yet depicted on the big screen. It sounds as though the story and style of Logan (the movie) will carry over the elements that worked best in The Wolverine – while striving to avoid those which dragged the film down – and is drawing inspiration from some of the better Wolverine comic book stories (Old Man Logan being just one of them), in order to create a fitting sendoff to Jackman’s time working on the X-Men franchise. With the teaser trailer due to drop any day now, we should soon have a better idea of whether or not Logan is on course to meet those expectations, too.