"One last time". Three words that will constantly remind us of the bitterness that this will be Hugh Jackman's final movie of him playing the one and only Wolverine. Yeah, he has been shoehorned in every single X-Men movie, with the exception of Deadpool's solo adventure, but you have to admit that Jackman's commitment to the character is a remarkable one, because never has there been a time when he regretted his participation. Not only did his performances as Wolverine rose Jackman to major prominence, his work in X-Men created one of his best portrayals of a comicbook character ever done. To honor that commitment, one last time, as well as for being Patrick Stewart's last appearance as Professor Charles Xavier, Dateline Movies will dissect the latest teaser of Logan, and yes, we still do not have an actual Spotted! post to cover this, but rest assured, we will do that, right after we uncover the secrets in this teaser.
1. "Old Man Logan" - Before we get to the actual trailer, let us first give a brief background on the movie itself, instead of talking about the theatrical poster, which we regularly do in our .5 posts. Logan, also known as The Wolverine 3, will be loosely based on the comicbook "Wolverine: Old Man Logan", which is an eight-issue storyline from the adamantium-clawed X-men character Wolverine written by Mark Millar and published by Marvel Comics. It began its first series in June 2008, and ran through Wolverine issue number 66 up to issue 72 and ended in the Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan issue in September 2009. Its setting is in an alternate universe.
Logan is the 10th installment in the X-men movies which started in X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Deadpool (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and by March 2017, Logan. This is the third movie collaboration between Hugh Jackman and Director James Mangold. The first movie was in the 2001 romantic-comedy movie with Meg Ryan titled Kate and Leopold, and the second time was in the 2013 movie The Wolverine.
All throughout the movies, Hugh Jackman has played the role of Wolverine and sadly after playing the role of Wolverine for approximately 17 years, Logan will mark the final portrayal of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and the end of Patrick Stewart portraying the role of Charles Xavier. With these two important events happening in Logan, people are quite excited as to what the real outcome of the movie will be. In my opinion, Hugh Jackman has done a very, very fine job in portraying the role. And to that note, my father whole-heartedly agreed!
And now, let's try to dissect the trailer for the movie.
What we saw in the trailer?
2. "Logan, what did you do?" - Charles Xavier - At the start of the trailer, we see the hands of Logan, shaking, probably due to age or was it trembling because of fear. For our non-comicbook readers out there, you might want to wait for awhile as we would not want to spoil all of our best materials here. However, we see that there is nothing wrong with giving away a single hint. In the comics, the world is no longer as what it seems, with that world to be explored later-on in the next part, and Wolverine has something to do with the changes that have happened in the current timeline.
3. "Charles, the world is not the same as it was." Logan / Wolverine - Next, we saw the face of Logan, old, aged, wrinkled, weaker and worried. Worried because most of the Mutants are now gone. Something has happened that caused much of the mutant population to die out. Unlike the comics, wherein a lot of our favorite superheroes have been massacred by their opposite numbers, something, or someone, has caused the impending extinction of Mutant-kind. Our theory is that a natural cause is behind this, which means that all Mutants are simply going away. There are no more Mutant children birthed, and the genes of former adult Mutants are either going unstable, or just vanishing out of thin air.
4. "Mutants... they're gone now." - Logan / Wolverine - As evidenced by the scene, Logan is in a cemetery, probably looking at the graves of his former colleagues in the X-Men. Again, we cannot explicitly state what has happened to the X-Men in the comics, but it is possible that the rest of the X-Men are killed for a different reason. Remember Mister Sinister? Yeah, the mad scientist who is hellbent on creating the "perfect mutant", who we all thought would appear in X-Men: Apocalypse. It has been confirmed that Sinister would appear here as the potential primary antagonist of the movie. What if Mister Sinister, alongside his Essex Corporation, the mysterious consortium that appeared in the after-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse, who are salvaging what is left of that timeline's Weapon X Program, have murdered all of the X-Men for the sake of creating a powerful Mutant? What if that corporation is stealing all of the world's Mutant populace's genes, which is causing a Mutant massacre?
In the next scene, here is something that is intriguing in that we saw the back of Logan full of lacerations, scars and wounds. In his younger days, Logan is considered invulnerable and can take a number of hits and he can still stand out straight, unscratched, without a single scar. This might be the sign that his aging has an effect to his healing ability and thereby making him weaker. Although he can still heal, but his skin can no longer generate the same kind of skin thereby leaving scar marks. This is further evidence of the "Natural Cause Theory", that is not only causing Mutants to lose their powers, but also granting them the average pains of man, including mortality.
5. "Where is she?" - Logan / Wolverine - Here we see Charles in bed. Some say he is suffering from the degenerative Alzheimer's Disease and his telepathic powers greatly diminished. This is another evidence that Mutants are not having the time of their lives in this very dystopian vision of the future.
6. "She's like you... very much like you." - Charles Xavier - And now, we get to see the highly anticipated debut of Logan's gender-bent clone, X-23, who has the exact same powers as him. In the comics, Logan works together with Hawkeye, who because of film rights issues, is not allowed to appear in the movie, and is instead replaced with Professor X, to transport a case of a recreated Super Soldier Serum, in hopes of combating the villainous reign.
In this movie, it is possible that X-23 is that mysterious package, in the place of the Super Soldier Serum, and it would seem that she could be the last hope for all Mutant-kind, before they face extinction head-on. It is possible that X-23 escaped from the clutches of Essex Corporation because of their Sinister (Get it?) motives, and have now taken refuge in the care of both Logan and Xavier.
7. "She needs our help." - Charles Xavier
"Someone will come along." - Logan / Wolverine
"Someone has come along." - Charles Xavier - We are then hinted at the supposed major villain of the flick, the cyborg Donald Pierce, and his evil and potentially enhanced lackeys known as "The Reavers". What makes him a little bit interesting is his probable would-be motives in the film for pursuing X-23, Logan and Xavier.
Out first theory, is that he could just simply be the straightforward henchman, who hunts down Mutants because of his bigotry, which would sound very much like his comicbook counterpart, but it is not. He might just be your regular agent of the Essex Corporation, who just happens to hunt down Mutants for either money, or simple hatred.
Or, he could be a much more complex and a whole lot more interesting character. In fact, he could be the turncoat villain by the second act of the movie. Donald Pierce, who is the head of security for the shadowy government organisation, might actually be going against his superiors orders, who are actually harvesting Mutant genes to create a superpowered army. He might inevitably end-up as the new head of the Essex Corporation after performing a coup.
The following are just "blink-and-you-will-miss" shots of action and drama. We simply love to see Wolverine jumping into action with his claws coming out of his hands ready to pierce thru his enemies.
Here we see the young Laura Kinney or X-23 in action. Although we cannot see it here, but X-23 has two retractable Adamantium claws on her hands instead of three like Wolverine, and she has a claw protruding out of her feet. And just like Wolverine, she too has rapid regenerative healing powers, has quick reflexes, and enhanced superhuman speed, sense and strength.
Another quick action courtesy of Logan using his claws to cut through a gun, perhaps protecting his daughter from would-be enemies.
Here we see a man with spike coming out of his back. From the looks of it, he is in a world of pain. But wait, if you look closely, after we went through a few other trailer breakdowns as well, this might actually be Caliban, who is to be played by Stephen Merchant (Hot Fuzz), and was played by Tómas Lemarquis (3 Days To Kill) in X-Men: Apocalypse, and by the looks of it, he might be in pain from the torture brought upon by Donald Pierce and his Reavers. According to sources, Caliban is the one who takes care of Charles Xavier with Logan, and has the ability to locate other Mutants. It might also appear that Caliban has the power of immortality, but might be losing it slowly, as X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 80s, while this movie takes place in the year 2024. But then again, the timeline for this franchise is much more complicated than your usual algebra formula.
For more information on Caliban, click here.
Well this looks interesting. During this part, we get to see two Adamantium-laced claws clash. We know that one of them is Logan's, but who is this enigmatic, similarly powered adversary? It is possible that these are just other swayed members of the X-23 clone series, given that it is very unlikely that X-23 is the only one of her kind, and we already mentioned that she has other "sisters" in the comics. However, there is a possibility that it could mark the return of longtime Wolverine enemy, Sabretooth, who was played by Liev Schreiber in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. During the casting stage of the film, Schreiber entered talks to reprise his role, and it looks that he accepted the invitation, if our theory is to be true.
But where did he get his new claws? He might have received it from nowhere else than the Essex Corporation, in exchange for hunting other surviving Mutants for Essex's plans. We could see him here as one of Donald Pierece's cohorts. However, if we are to follow the "Natural Cause Theory", it is unlikely for him to do battle against Wolverine, especially at a time when all of the Mutants are fading away from existence, unless Sabretooth wants another round against Logan before finally dying.
For more information on Sabretooth, click here.
8. "Logan, you still have time." - Charles Xavier - And now, we have reached the final scene in the trailer, that more or less has spoiled the ending. Here, we see a heavily wounded Logan, alongside Laura Kinney / X-23, who is disguised as an average teenage girl. If you look closely, you can see Logan is crying, and if you do not believe us, here is a close-up below.
And from the looks of it, as well as Xavier's quote, we can all easily conclude that Xavier will bite the dust by the film's climactic battle. What or who will kill him, aside from the most obvious choice who is Donald Pierce, is unknown, but we might say that he used the last of his power to hold-off Pierce's forces, so that Logan and X-23 can escape. No matter what the reason will be, there is no doubt that this moment will tug a lot of heart strings once it hits cinemas next year.
Well, that concludes out latest Spotted! post in a long while. Be sure to wait for our actual Spotted! article for Logan, which hopefully might not take awhile, now that our semestral break is just around the corner. In the meantime, help yourself to the song featured in the trailer, Hurt, which is a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song of the same name by the late Johnny Cash. A lot of people loved it because of how it fits well with the theatricality of the trailer, and so did we. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!