We always knew that Logan would be bleak. After all, Wolverine's swan song is set in a dystopian future based upon the dark AF comic Old Man Logan. But, goddamnit, not even confirmation of the Logan's R-rating could've prepared us for the film's downbeat marketing campaign.
From the moody monochrome stills to the somber tone of the trailers, #Logan is about as far removed from the unintentional hilarity of X-Men Origins: Wolverine as you could imagine.
However, one particular moment from the trailer stands out above all others, slicing through our field of vision like a ragged adamantium claw puncturing through the skin. We are of course referring to that tragic moment where #Wolverine stands distant and removed from a funeral, drinking to take the pain away.
So far, no one has been able to deduce who the funeral is being held for, and without the psychic abilities of Professor Xavier to hand, it's unlikely that we'll find out who has met their untimely end before Logan airs in cinemas. However, during an exclusive interview with Movie Pilot, Logan star #BoydHolbrook may have shed some light on the matter.
Whose Funeral Is Being Held In The Logan Trailer?
When we asked Holbrook how the trailer's funeral scene impacts the final film, he explained that;
"It’s kind of like the Batman thing. Christian [Bale] and [Christopher] Nolan were very adamant at going out and saying 'This is our last hurrah, promises, promises!' I think going out in a bang is the best way to go out.”
There was always the chance before that this funeral shot was actually a misdirect. It was possible this shot was intentionally leading us to believe that a crucial character had died, when in reality, the shot was simply featured in some kind of montage or flashback, used more as a way to portray Logan's misery as the years rolled by.
However, despite Holbrook's reluctance to reveal any plot spoilers, his answer certainly suggests someone important will die before Wolverine's trilogy finally ends. The question now, of course, is who?
Will Professor Xavier Die?
The most obvious choice is, of course, Charles Xavier. As the founder of the #XMen, Professor X is one of the most powerful mutants that the world has ever seen, but his character still appears to be a little worse for wear by the time that Logan is set.
Online sources have pieced together evidence from Logan's promotional campaign, explaining how a weakened Xavier may save Wolverine and X-23 by over-exerting his abilities in an act of desperation that ultimately causes his death.
Such a move would be rather ballsy for a franchise of this magnitude, but Logan's futuristic setting allows director James Mangold to play fast and loose. If Professor Xavier really is the one to die in Logan, then this would provide a powerful driving force for Wolverine, inspiring him to take over the role of mentor for X-23. Holbrook suggested that Logan will go out in a bang, and it's hard to imagine any other character's death who would have quite the same impact as Xavier's.
Will Caliban Die?
Despite being played by Stephen Merchant, one of the higher profile actors involved in Logan, little is known about the character he plays, or even how this version of Caliban is linked with the one we last saw in X-Men: Apocalypse.
However, what we do know is that Caliban isn't exactly the strongest of mutants. Unless Apocalypse somehow enhanced his powers before he died — like he did in the comics — Caliban's only gift is to locate other mutants through psychic means, which makes him rather useless in a fight.
During the latest trailer, a brief glimpse of Caliban portrays him looking rather sickly, holding a grenade in each hand. If Logan's ally chooses to kill himself and take the enemy out in the process, Caliban's noble sacrifice could quite literally end Logan with a bang, just as Holbrook revealed.
Will We See The X-Men Die In A Flashback?
While it's hard to tell from a brief trailer shot, there's something about that funeral scene which just feels out of place. Sure, Wolverine has the longer hair and beard we've seen in the Logan promos, but this image hardly fits with the Western vibe of the rest of the trailers. The sizeable congregation of mourners also seems out of place with the context of the rest of the movie. The incongruity of the shot leads us to believe there's a possibility that the funeral scene is actually part of a flashback after all.
"Mutants... they're gone now."
Throughout the trailer, there's a large X-Men-sized hole that will need explaining in the film. Did Logan's teammates simply fall in the line of duty, or was he somehow responsible for their demise? Putting the blood on Logan's hands would echo the Old Man Logan source material, where a brainwashed Wolverine unknowingly sliced and diced the entire team.
"Logan, what did you do?"
Xavier's words certainly suggest that Wolverine is to blame for at least some kind of tragedy. While it seems likely that a flashback of this sort would appear earlier on in the film, there's always a chance that his involvement in the X-Men's death could be a surprise, last-minute reveal. Watching Logan murder the ones he loves most could be a darkly fitting end to the franchise, and would ensure that things go "out in a bang".
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Of course, there's always a chance that Holbrook may be referring to some other kind of cataclysmic scene that doesn't involve death, but his words came in direct response to a question regarding the funeral scene, suggesting that not everyone will survive to the end credits.
Whether any of our potential suspects bite the dust, or whether Logan himself meets his demise, it seems like Boyd Holbrook's character isn't the one being mourned in this particular funeral. After all, we highly doubt that Wolverine would give a rats' ass about the death of Donald Pierce after he's chased Logan and X-23 across the country in service of Dr. Zander Rice.
Who will die in Logan?
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