Fresh off the release of the first official poster for the latest X-Men franchise film from director James Mangold (The Wolverine) that is Logan, longtime fans of actor Hugh Jackman’s take on the eponymous anti-hero have even more to look forward to. In addition to finally learning the official title of what could very well be Jackman’s final turn as the seminal Marvel Comics superhero, those in the know have been teased with what is meant to be a “very different” take on Weapon X.
In what will be the first R-rated adventure within the X-Men feature franchise, Mangold and Jackman are all set to deliver a thrilling Western-style adventure drawing loosely from the Old Man Logan comic book story originally written by Mark Millar. On that note, potential plot and character details from Logan have just been released online.
According to The Wrap, Logan will feature a much older and significantly crippled Wolverine living out his last days in 2024, and forced to get by in spite of his failing health and diminishing regenerative abilities. Logan is in charge of mentoring a small girl possessed of her own pair of claws – only she possesses two blades on each hand instead of three – and a comparably aged Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) whose mind has begun to deteriorate, aided by the albino mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant). It’s also been revealed that those born with mutant abilities in 2024 are on the decline, and that an organization called Transigen is taking young mutants and turning them into killing machines.
Based on information that was previously revealed, the young girl that Wolverine is the ipso facto guardian of might be none other than Laura Kinney/X-23 – who additionally may or may not become the new Wolverine following the events of Logan. Furthermore, the fact that Professor X is just as incapacitated as Wolverine should result in a film that will explore new territory for fans of the X-Men franchise – and the addition of Caliban will no doubt pique the interest of comic book aficionados.
Only time will tell how capably Mangold, Jackman, and company manage in bringing what is a fairly ambitious story to life in Logan. Until the film finally sees theatrical release in March 2017, here’s to hoping that Jackman’s potential final turn as Wolverine will rank among his very best appearences in the X-Men movie franchise thus far.
Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.