For a long time, the press has been calling the third installment of the Wolverine franchise, Wolverine 3. Seems to make a bit of sense considering it all started with X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was followed up by The Wolverine. But like Batman Begins, the sequel title looks to call everyone’s favorite X-Men by another name. Both film star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold have revealed the official title of the film, which will simply be called Logan. Though that isn’t truly the character’s real name, it is a name that he is commonly referred to by.
There has been plenty of opportunities for FOX to reveal details about the film, but now that they have, they will have five months to show everyone that Logan will be worth the wait. More on the story below, along with the newly revealed teaser poster.
Both Jackman and Mangold revealed the title and teaser poster on their respective Twitter accounts. The look of the poster isn’t as flashy as some other teaser posters may be, as it shows the character’s more human side with him holding a child’s hand. But the unsheathed claws also tell us that it is still a film about the fan-favorite member of the X-Men. Here are those tweets.
The scars on his hand show us that he’s also been protecting this child, or at least that’s what it looks like. One of Logan’s powers is an accelerated healing factor, but the character does age very slowly. This leads us to believe that Logan does take place in a distant future and that the child in question is in fact Logan’s kid. Now the film is based loosely on the “Old Man Logan” story arc from the Marvel comic books, which saw Logan living a life of solitude with his family in a future ruled by villains. While some of those villains are currently owned by Marvel, Mark Millar, who wrote the “Old Man Logan” comic book, said the characters are interchangeable.
It’s not clear how much swapping will be done, but Mr. Sinister will be one of those villains, and many speculate that he will be played by Richard Grant. Patrick Stewart is also set to reprise his role as Professor X for one final time. Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant also star.
Mangold also tweeted out a picture of page two of the screenplay, which reveals the tone of the film.
As you can clearly see at the top of that image, we read that Logan says “fuck.” Which, according to MPAA rules, you can say once to make it a PG-13 film. But if this is one the second page as Mangold says it is, then we probably can expect more. That tells us Logan will, in fact, be rated R, as we’ve been hearing. But that’s not all. On that same page we see a small description of the kinds of fights we can expect to see in the film,
In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they wonâ€™t bounce. They will die.
Finally, on the bottom of that same page, we see a description of a much older Logan, who turns to an old friend to dull the pain,
As for our hero, well, heâ€™s older now and itâ€™s clear his abilities arenâ€™t what they once were. Heâ€™s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain â€” hence booze as a painkiller.
Again, with only five months left, we can expect to see teasers and trailers being released not too far from each other, or FOX may just skip the teaser and just go straight for the full trailer. One thing is for sure, we will keep you up to date on all the news.