A new trailer has just been released for the new X-Men sequel/independent-stand-alone feature Logan, once again starring Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables, Prisoners) as the Wolverine. This may very well be Jackson’s last outing with the character. Logan appears to take place in a distant, grim-looking future, where his mutation is failing and he plays guardian for Charles Xavier, now suffering from Alzheimers Disease. While the two cope with the loss of the mutants and the X-Men, Wolverine must battle a corporate conglomerate whose only goal seems to be to destroy the world. Just as the two mutants reach the verge of losing hope, they discover a young girl, or clone, who possesses Logan’s same gift of regeneration, and who may very-well-be their only hope of defeating Essex.
Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Charles Xavier, joining Jackman under the direction of The Wolverine director James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). Mangold assisted in writing the project with screenwriters David James Kelly and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049), both newcomers to the X-Men movie universe. Boyd Holbrook (Milk, Gone Girl), Stephan Merchant (Hall Pass, The Big Bang Theory), Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Corpse Bride), and Dafne Keen (The Refugees) all appear in the supporting cast. Sadly, no other familiar faces in terms of X-Men or mutants in general are expected to be seen in the film.
The big question surrounding this installment is, where does it stand? X-Men: Apocalypse, which was released earlier this year, continued with the new timeline established at the end of Days of Future Past by Wolverine himself. His conscious mind was sent back to inhabit his own body circa 1973 by Xavier and Magneto with the mission to save the future. At the end of that film, Logan/Wolverine wakes up in the present, a history teacher at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Jean Grey, Scott Summers, and Storm and all the rest are still around and all seems much better in contrast to the dark, dismal future the film opened up in.
Apocalypse, however, returned to the younger generation of X-Men after Wolverine’s conscious mind returned to the now much brighter future, and continued with young Xavier’s quest to form the X-Men and maintain peace between mankind and mutants. That film ended circa 1985, leaving a 15 year window between Apocalypse and the original X-Men film in 2000. We even got to see Wolverine escape from Striker’s base where he received his adamantium skeleton and claws. The question then is, does Logan take place in the future of the present Wolverine returned to at the end of Future Past? Seeing as this is most likely the case, the writers better have a damn good reason for making an X-Men movie in a future where there are no mutants and Wolverine is no longer Wolverine.
This futuristic installment also brings the future of the series into question. Thus far, not one of the lead actors from Future Past or Apocalypse is in talks for another film, although director Bryan Singer is producing an X-Men television series that’s ‘in-development’ and planned to air in 2017. Maybe we’re seeing the end of the X-Men films, or maybe just taking a break. Either way, the new trailer for Logan is available here on MADE, and we’ll bring you more trailers as they are released, so be sure to check back in.