Hugh Jackman is finally ready to hang up the Wolverine claws after portraying the classic Marvel Comics character in eight X-Men films, five of which he was the lead in. He is re-teaming with the director of his last X-Men standalone flick, James Mangold (The Wolverine) for his ninth and final turn as the immensely popular Wolverine in 2017’s Logan, and now we have the first footage from the film.
Hot off the announcement of the film’s title as Logan, with James Mangold releasing a picture of a script page online that explicitly stated it will not be a “hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG f**kathon”, the new trailer shows a film that looks unique from the standard X-Men action setpieces. Indeed, one of the most common complaints of 2013’s The Wolverine was that the film went from the character-driven, realistic take on Wolverine from the first two acts into the usual CG superhero affair in the third act, which (spoiler alert) featured Wolverine suddenly fighting a giant robot version of the Silver Samurai.
Another less common complaint of 2013’s The Wolverine was that many fans felt it should have showcased the character’s violent history more, with an R-Rated extended cut indeed being released but only on the Blu-ray. However, following the success of Deadpool this year, Fox have allowed Mangold and Jackman to go ahead with an R-Rated theatrical release of Logan in order to send the character off properly, and the trailer certainly shows a bleaker film than one might expect from the bright and action heavy looks of the previous X-Men films. Set appropriately to Johnny Cash’s Hurt, this looks like a completely new take on the character, and a surprisingly fresh one for his final role.
In 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past reset the confusing Fox X-Men timeline by allowing Wolverine to travel to the 80’s, but it looks like the timeline might get a little confusing against with Stephen Merchant (An Idiot Abroad) joining Logan as Caliban, who appeared this year in X-Men: Apocalypse, contextually 40 years before Logan is set and portrayed by a different actor. Also joining the cast are Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), returning in his iconic role as Professor Charles Xavier, which he has portrayed in four major roles before and a cameo in Wolverine’s first solo outing, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Logan is due for release in the UK on 2nd March 2017.