Hugh Jackman is an old, scarred and battered mutant in Logan, the Wolverine number three spinoff movie from 20th Century Fox’s X-men franchise and the actor’s final portrayal as the mutant with super healing abilities and Adamantium claws.
Logan’s first trailer has been recently released and it looks like director James Mangold (Walk the Line) and star Jackman seem intent on bringing the saga of Wolverine to a definitive end and perhaps a new beginning as a new character is introduced.
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Set in 2024, Logan shows Wolverine as a lone survivor in a time when all mutants are gone or in hiding, hunted and killed by government assassins. Set in a dead-on musical score by Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails, the first glimpse of the movie shows a beaten-up Logan living in a wasteland, ravaged by guilt and isolated from the rest of the world.
But in such trying times, there is still hope as Wolverine and a very sick Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) must work together in order to protect a young girl named Laura Kinney, or X-23, a clone of Wolverine, who has abilities very similar to Logan’s, from a group of cyborgs called Reavers.
The movie’s story looks similar to the 2008 Old Man Logan comic book mini series, which depicts Wolverine as an old, reclusive mutant who is being ravaged by guilt as he feels responsible for the deaths of all those who were close to him, especially the X-Men. He can heal every bruise, cut, bullet hole and broken bone in his body, but the one thing he can’t heal is the mental trauma he has suffered.
Although it is not a direct translation of the comic book, the new movie suggests that it is aiming to be something like a Western revenge movie with a hint of a zombie survival video game like The Last of Us.
It seems Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will undertake one last mission in what looks like a proper and epic sendoff for the character, and a nostalgic goodbye to the actor who originated the role.
Logan will be released in theaters on March 3, 2017.
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