In one month, Fox’s new Logan will hit theaters. The film has already garnered much well deserved buzz around the two fantastic trailers. But aside from the quick cuts, the action set pieces, and the Johnny Cash music, what can we find out about the movie from the trailers? We break them both down to find out.
Logan Has Seen Better Days
“Logan… What did you do?”
A Much Smaller Team
“This is what life looks like”
“She is like you. More like you than you know.”
The entire plot of the movie centers around Laura, a mutant known as X-23. The source of that name? She is the 23rd attempt at cloning Weapon X, a.k.a. Wolverine. And from what we’ve seen so far Xavier seems to have it exactly right when he says that X-23 is very much like Wolverine. We see her going into the berserker rage that characterizes Wolverine in the comics. We see her making an escape from a medical research center in the exact same way we’ve seen Wolverine escape from Stryker in X-Men: Origins and Age of Apocalypse.
In Trailer 2 we also got a nice little nod to another source of inspiration for X-23’s character. It would be very difficult to put out a genre film in 2017, centered around a super powerful little girl, without inviting parallels to Netflix’s Stranger Things. Fox and Marvel have shown that they are leaning into that parallel, giving us an extended scene with X-23 stealing everything but the Eggo Waffles from a gas station.
“She needs our help.”
If we’ve seen much of anything in these ads, it’s been the villains. The main group we are dealing with is the Reavers. The Reavers are a group of cybernetic mutant hunters, led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). In the comics, Pierce is known for improving his allies with cybernetic enhancements. We’ve seen in the trailer that he will be back to his old tricks in Logan. We see one Reaver with a gun for a hand. One with a robotic hand like Pierce’s. And one who has a claw for an arm for a short period of time, before X-23 has a disagreement with him.
Unlike in the comic books, The Reavers won’t be working on their own. Since they are hunting X-23, we can assume they are trying to bring her back to her creator. That man is Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant) who we see getting off of a helicopter in the trailer. In the comics, Rice’s father was killed by Wolverine when he escaped the Weapon X program, and has spent his life trying to recreate it. Eventually X-23 kills Rice the way Logan killed Rice’s father, and she escapes the lab. We expect many of the same beats in the film, though probably not in the same order.
“Someone has come along.”
Returning to the comparison with the Old Man Logan storyline, this movie is going to be the darkest X-Men movie we’ve seen. While it does not look like it is Xavier’s funeral we see in the beginning of the first trailer, we do see X-23 and Logan burying something in the woods. Considering that they were originally traveling with Xavier, and that he’s nowhere to be seen here, we think it’s a safe but heart-breaking bet that we know what, or who, they’re burying.
From the opening of Trailer 2, we can see that Wolverine and X-23 are in Texas. The Old Man Logan story arc begins in California, and follows as Logan travels across the continental United States. So far we’ve seen scenes in the city, in the desert, and the forrest, along with about five different cars, so it seems likely that there will be a lot of travel involved. Our guess though is that the film will began with Wolverine living in Texas, or possibly out of the country since the Revers seem to be sporting Mexican Police cars.
The final comparison to the comic book that might be worth making is that, in the comics, Logan is reluctant to use his claws again. He is scarred by something that happened in his past, and he does not want to go back to being The Wolverine. We definitely see Logan “Pop the claws” in the trailer, but we also see him take a solid beating from the Reavers when they show up. Our guess is that we will open with a passive Logan, looking to change his ways. Only when X-23 is in danger will he revert back to being Wolverine.
The Wolverine comes to theaters March 3rd. Be sure to check back before then when we will give our full rundown on what the plot of the movie will be.