(WARNING: The following contains potential — albeit largely theoretical — SPOILERS for Wolverine's upcoming solo sequel, Logan. Proceed with whatever level of caution your heightened sense of SPOILER-avoidance suggests to you is wise.)
Now, with the recent arrival of the shiny new Logan trailer, we've finally been given the chance to obsess over every last detail of 90-or-so seconds of #Wolverine solo goodness — and hoo boy, have we been obsessing over it. With the trailer having proved to be packed full of comic book nods, apocalyptic teases and iconic villains, it's no real surprise that #Logan is one of the hottest comic book topics around this week. Perhaps the most intriguing question floating around at the moment, though?
Just Who Is Wolverine Mourning In That Funeral Scene?
Y'know, that one, just above. The one in which it seems a small group of mourners have gathered to bury someone whose death is a) driving Logan to drink, and b) prompting him to withdraw himself from the ceremony proper. Now, it's obviously unclear whether that's because he's already been distanced from those who are grieving, or simply because that's how a lone wolf like Wolverine grieves himself, but either way it's not a cheerful moment, as you can see for yourself below:
As such, though, it seemed worth taking a look at five of the main contenders for the fateful role, and at what the chances are of seeing their names chiseled onto the gravestone. First up?
Perhaps the young mutant most associated with Logan throughout the first few X-Movies, the death of Rogue at a young age (the movie is set in 2024) would be a visceral trauma for both Wolverine and the audience. With the chances being that we'll see a montage sequence of the #XMen gradually being killed or retiring, the film would be hard pushed to find a more emotionally resonant loss than Rogue. That being said, of course, there's also...
4. Jean Grey
With Logan long having pined after Jean, there's always a possibility that we'll see her die yet again, causing him to finally withdraw from the world — and the X-Men. The only problem? There's a chance that half of the audience (i.e. anyone who skipped X-Men: Days of Future Past) thinks she's already dead, not least because Wolverine spent much of his last solo movie, The Wolverine, grieving for her, which could dampen the impact somewhat. A better alternative, perhaps, would be...
After all, what better way to illustrate the depth of Logan's despair and loneliness than by showing him grieving athe funeral of the last X-Man: His old rival Scott "Cyclops" Summers. To throw salt in the wound, the camera could slowly pan across the graveyard, revealing that Jean, long dead, is buried next to her husband...and that the rest of the team is buried alongside them. It's possible, of course, that the deceased isn't actually a member of the X-Men at all, and is instead...
It's difficult to imagine that Logan's beloved Mariko would attract such a sparsely attended (and American-looking) funeral, but Logan's newfound sidekick from the end of The Wolverine, Yukio? That could well be a different story. As far as connecting the events of Logan with its immediate solo movie predecessor goes, it could also be the quickest — and most emotionally devastating — way to do so. Finally, though, it could be...
1. Professor X
Yup, that's right. The same Professor X who's set to star in the movie. After all, while we're assuming that the funeral is a flashback or introductory scene, there's always the possibility that it in fact takes place halfway through the movie, and marks the loss of the good Professor. It'd be an odd moment to feature in a teaser trailer, but could prove to be an intriguing double bluff. Similarly, there's always the possibility that Stephen Merchant's Caliban, who has apparently been helping him care for Xavier, could meet his maker early on. Though then the question of why Professor X isn't at the funeral inevitably arises.
With Logan not set to hit theaters until March 2017, though, we've likely got a while to wait to find out just who is being buried in that shot, but that surely isn't going to stop us from speculating in the interim.
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In the meantime, though, what do you think? Who's being buried in that shot from the trailer? Let us know below!