‘Logan’: Everything We Learned From the Stunningly Grim First Trailer

The superhero genre has gone through a good deal of changes over the last year. As more and more movies come out, studios are forced to adapt to an audience that is constantly looking for a new twist on an old genre. We’ve seen rousing successes as a result (Deadpool), and relative disappointments (Suicide Squad), each teaching us a different lesson when it’s all said and done. What the R-rated Logan will teach us isn’t yet clear, but based on the first trailer it’ll truly be a one-of-a-kind story. So what exactly did the initial run of footage show us? [Update, 10/21/16: Added first international trailer that features more footage of Wolverine fighting, below.]

 

Hugh Jackman has revealed the official synopsis for Logan via a tweet. As rumored, the movie takes place sometime in the future:

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

[Update, 1/13/17: Added official movie synopsis.]

1. We’re well into the future and mutants “are gone now”

Logan

Logan | 20th Century Fox

Based off the Wolverine: Old Man Logan comic book series, the film takes place decades into the future, painting a grim picture of a world where mutants have all but died off. Above we see Logan attending the funeral of a loved one from afar, and if we’re guessing, it’s probably not the first one he’s had to suffer through recently. The fact that he’s nearly immortal makes it so as years go by, he’ll slowly watch all his friends pass on into the next life. In a future without mutants, it’s that much more tragic for Logan, and it’s immediately clear that this weighs on him in a big way (at least if the bottle in his hand is any indicator).

2. A battered and bruised Wolverine

Logan - Wolverine sequel

Logan | 20th Century Fox

It’s strange seeing Wolverine, a hero whose healing factor makes him impervious to virtually any and every attack, covered in brutal scars, while barely managing to fight off arthritis in his hands. Director James Mangold spoke with Empire about this, noting how he “questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar.” He eventually landed on the idea that “with age, [Logan’s] getting older and ailing,” and that, “perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin.” While he didn’t specify just how old our hero would be in this movie, it’s clear that the years have taken their toll in a big way all the same.

3. A version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X we’ve never seen before

Patrick Stewart in Logan

Patrick Stewart in Logan | 20th Century Fox

Wolverine’s not the only one who the years have not been kind to. Charles Xavier has it even worse himself, relegated to a hospital bed in a dusty metal room. He carries a glassy-eyed, disoriented look, that hints at some sort of degenerative brain condition, which really is a damn tragedy for a character whose greatest asset is his mind. Eventually we see him going out on the road with Logan, harkening back to the Wolverine: Old Man Logan comic that featured a similar dynamic. In the comics though, it was an aged Hawkeye teaming up with our titular mutant, something that would be impossible right now with the all the legal red tape between Marvel Studios and the X-Men.

4. Laura Kinney / X-23

X-23 in Logan

X-23 in Logan | 20th Century Fox

While James Mangold still won’t outright confirm anything, it seems like a safe bet that the little girl palling around with Logan and Charles is Laura Kinney, known more familiarly as X-23. In the comics, X-23 is the female clone-daughter of Logan, with retractable adamantium claws of her own in her hands and feet. Charles cryptically tells Logan that “she’s like you … very much like you,” and combined with the fact that Sienna Novikov’s young character is billed as “Laura,” we’d be surprised if she was anyone but X-23 at this point. What we do know is that Logan has been tasked by Professor X with protecting her at all costs.

5. Stephen Merchant as Caliban

Stephen Merchant as Caliban in Logan

Stephen Merchant as Caliban in Logan | 20th Century Fox

We actually saw Caliban show up in X-Men: Apocalypse, played to creepy perfection by Tómas Lemarquis. This time around, Stephen Merchant will take on the role, appearing briefly in the frame above. For those unfamiliar with the character, Caliban is an albino mutant with the ability to locate any other mutant in the world, a skill that comes in handy for fighters on either side of the human versus non-human conflict. We don’t yet know how he’ll play into Logan‘s story, but his role looks to be an important one if early buzz is any indication.

6. Donald Pierce and the Reavers

Donald Pierce in Logan

Donald Pierce | 20th Century Fox

Here we get a good look at Logan‘s villain, the cyborg Donald Pierce. Pierce is traditionally shown as leading the Reavers, a group of roving fellow-cyborgs, hellbent on the destruction of mutants, and more specifically, Wolverine. It looks as though Pierce will be on the hunt for Logan and Laura, as he looks to achieve his goal of destroying mutants once and for all. Given that most (if not all) of the other mutants in the world are already dead, he’s gotten pretty damn close. All that’s left for him to do is kill the immortal Wolverine, and his clone/daughter who has a similarly infinite lifespan.

7. Whose grave is Logan digging?

Logan and X-23

Logan | 20th Century Fox

There aren’t many reasons someone would be standing in the woods covered in dirt with a shovel in hand. Knowing that, we can safely assume that Logan is presiding over a freshly dug grave. We obviously aren’t certain who that grave belongs to, but given Professor X’s fragile state, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he didn’t make it all the way to the end of the movie. It also would be an odd potential spoiler to include in the very first trailer, so here’s hoping that’s not what we’re being shown here. Either way, this one will be earning its R-rating in spades for violence alone.

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