Are you ready to board the Logan hype train? Today, Fox dropped the first trailer for Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine, and it's fair to say this one is worlds apart from X-Men: Apocalypse. Check out the trailer below, before we take a deeper dive into Logan's world and look at five major talking points, from Mad Max similarities to even more timeline confusion...
1. Welcome To The Old (New) West
Director James Mangold has previously teased that Logan has the feel of a Western, but directors have a habit of saying things that make headlines and generate hype. Ten seconds into this trailer, though, it's clear that the man in the driving seat was speaking truth.
Set to the haunting Johnny Cash cover of Hurt (whose lyrics seem especially relevant to this older, somewhat broken Logan), everything from the windswept desert landscapes this footage occupies to the attire of Boyd Holbrook's villain Donald Pierce makes Logan the first superhero-western since, uhh, Jonah Hex. I'd say the omens look a little better with this one.
2. Mutants Are A Dying Breed
In the near-future, the outlook is bleak for mutantkind. As Logan tells an ageing, sickness-ridden Charles Xavier...
We know already that mutant children are being weaponized by the Transigen project, although the trailer more or less skirts plot details to focus on dystopian atmosphere. This new, alien status quo for mutants raises a ton of questions, not least how this came to be.
Is Transigen or some other entity responsible for killing mutants off, or is evolution to blame? With Charles dying and Logan no longer healing as he once did, the latter would seem like the stronger bet. You might have to wait for March to get your answers on this.
3. More Timeline Confusion
Remember Days of Future Past? You know — the one where the future of mutantkind was saved by Wolverine travelling back to the '70s and doing some shit that reset the previous X-timeline. The "future" of Future Past was the year 2023, and the fates of Storm, Kitty Pryde, Xavier et al. were ultimately set on the right path by Logan's intervention.
All of which makes it quite bizarre that in the new timeline in 2024, a mere one year later, Logan wants us to believe that mutants are all either gone or subject to corporate weaponization, and civilization has become an every-man-for-himself dystopia. What was the point of Logan's heroics in Future Past if mutants suffer an equally ominous fate in the timeline in which they were "saved"?
In a franchise which is constantly struggling to balance ten-year time jumps with two generations of cast playing one set of characters, hopefully Logan has an explanation for how things got to this, but don't hold your breath.
4. Did Someone Say Mad Max?
It's not that I don't think a movie can feature a car chase in the desert without looking like Mad Max; it's just that Logan features a car chase in the desert that looks a hell of a lot like Mad Max.
And no, that's not a criticism — if the action in this film is even half as well realized as in Fury Road, we're looking at one of the most satisfying comic book movies in quite a while — especially at a time when every Marvel movie bleeds into the next and DC's only signature is "dark."
5. "Logan — You Still Have Time..."
The main takeaway from this trailer is how little it actually gives away. That's definitely preferable to a trailer which gives away the entirety of the movie, but it also creates far more questions than it answers. What does Logan still have time for? How does X-23 escape her lab and enter his world? And where is Richard E. Grant's Dr. Zander Rice, head of Transigen and crazed geneticist?
They say good things come to those who wait, and we won't have to wait long for a better idea of what kind of movie Logan will be — it hits theaters March 3 2017, and we can probably expect another trailer around Christmas. For now, all that's certain is this will be a superhero movie quite unlike any other.