In 2000, an unknown actor by the name of Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-men. Given the aggressive, silent warrior type with three claws coming out of his hands, the Marvel character was tough for Jackman to play; possibly a tougher sell for fans of this iconic comic book hero.
Seventeen years later, Hugh Jackman has made this role his own and is synonymous with that character. Throughout the original trilogy and the prequels, Wolverine has been the constant thread in Fox’s X-men Universe. He’s also starred in two solo spin-offs: X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine. Now, Jackman dons the claws one last time in the third and final film in the spin-off trilogy, simply titled Logan.
The official premise of the film takes place years in the future, Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) must cope in a world with the mutant population dwindling near extinction. They must protect a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), who is very much like Logan, against sinister forces.
From the preview, brilliantly having Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” playing, we can tell that Logan has gotten older and his healing factor seems to be failing now. His hands are bloody from where the claws come out and his body is scarred. Charles Xavier has also aged, looking physically weaker than we’ve ever seen him. We also get a look at the young actress who plays Laura, who has already been confirmed to play X-23. If you don’t know who X-23 is, she is the young female clone of Wolverine. It looks like she will carry on the Wolverine mantle for the future X-Men movies but we’ll see.
Overall, this movie looks like everything we, as fans of this franchise, wanted from The Wolverine: A deep cut character movie of Logan. We look past the Wolverine persona to the man behind the grizzled savage beast of the X-Men. If you are expecting the complete Old Man Logan story from the comic, stop right there. Fox doesn’t have the rights to pull off that entire story but I think this film will be the proper sendoff for the Logan character and for Hugh Jackman in his last time as the character. That’s by giving all the fans the Wolverine we want and deserve.
Logan comes into theaters on March 3, 2017.