After the debut of the first trailer for #Logan, the third in a series of solo #Wolverine movies, some light was shed on what fans can expect from #HughJackman's last performance in the role. The much-speculated inclusion of Wolverine's clone Laura Kinney, X-23 was finally confirmed to be true. Along with that, we were finally given confirmation as to the movie's primary villains.
Logan will feature two longstanding #XMen enemies straight from the #Marvel comic books: Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister, a genetically enhanced human with a penchant for cloning; as well as the Reavers, a team of cybernetically enhanced criminals (now mercenaries) led by one Donald Pierce. Both are fitting choices for the movie's primary villains, but we can't shake the feeling that there are even more major (or minor) villains yet to be revealed. So without further delay, here are four X-men villains that could feasibly make an appearance in Logan.
Designing a super weapon is always risky business; all it takes is for it to land in the wrong hands (or the right ones) for it to be turned against its creators. Fortunately, many lessons were learned from the creation of Wolverine (as we know him now) in the weapon X program. Unfortunately for Logan's clone X-23, these lessons learned come in the form of her handler, Kimura.
Ruthless, remorseless and sadistic, Kimura was literally designed to keep X-23 in line with her ability to increase her density to the point that she was impervious to adamantium claws, as well as her ability to partially phase through matter and an inability to feel pain.
Even after X-23 escapes the facility that created her and joins the X-Men, Kimura would still appear, tormenting Laura both physically and psychologically, in order to bring her back to the facility. Kimura's special link to X-23 would make her an appropriate fit for Logan, especially as she was one of the very few things that X-23 was ever truly afraid of — her own personal bogeyman.
3. Lady Deathstrike
Wolverine has lived a long life and it that time he's made quite a lot of enemies for himself, but very few hated his mutton chop-wearing face more than Yuriko Oyama a.k.a. Lady Deathstrike — the daughter of the man who turned Wolverine into the metal monster he is today. Deathstrike is a cyborg with a whole host of different abilities, but the most common one is her extendable, claw-like adamantium fingers. Deathstrike would also become the leader of the Reavers after Donald Pierce and continue to bring misery to the lives of Logan, his friends, and his families.
Deathstrike’s connection to the both the Reavers and Wolverine makes her a likely candidate to include in Logan. If she were to make an appearance it would not be the character's first on-screen one. Lady Deathstrike was featured as a villain in X-2 (played by actress Kelly Hu), although she had a wildly different origin (which involved her being mind-controlled by William Stryker). The movie version o the character was also not a cyborg, but retained her adamantium claws.
Lady Deathstrike’s appearance could also explain the mysterious claws seen in the trailer for Logan, though she is not the only candidate.
A mutant with enhanced speed, strength, senses and tactical intuition, Callisto — while not exactly a straight-up villain — has served as a thorn in the side of the X-Men more times than she has been an ally to them. Callisto is the leader of a group of mutants known as Morlocks. The Morlocks, seeking refuge from the harsh realities of mutant life on the surface, live underground in the sewers. This group was also originally home to the mutant Caliban, who is present in Logan as the elderly Charles Xavier's caretaker.
Whether Caliban (played by Stephen Merchant), will still have his ties to the Morlocks, remains to be seen; however, his presence certainly inspires hope. Callisto and her Morlocks could also tie into Logan's rather grim declaration to Charles that "the mutants are gone now." While it certainly looks as though mutants are on the decline, if any group could survive as the last bastion for mutant refuge, it would be the Callisto and Morlock army.
Similarly to Lady Deathstrike, this would be the character's second on-screen appearance, after X-Men: Last Stand, in which she was a minor villain, played by actress Dania Ramirez.
Akihiro a.k.a. Daken is the biological son of Logan and his first wife, Itsu. Logan was initially unaware of his existence, as Itsu had been murdered by the Winter Soldier (he gets around) during her pregnancy. Fortunately, Daken inherited all of Wolverine's mutant abilities, including the healing factor, which allowed him to survive his rather violent birth.
Unfortunately, Daken would harbor great resentment towards Wolverine and attempt to kill him on several different occasions. However, so far, Daken does not have the best track record, having failed to best his father and dying several times over already.
Like Wolverine, Daken has three retractable claws in each arm, with two in his forearm and one under his wrist. He also has a unique ability that allows him to control people’s emotions via pheromones. With Daken's abilities being so close to Wolverine's there are numerous ways in which the character could appear in Logan, from a failed clone to something closer to his original origin.
It's Daken's claws and how closely they resemble the mysterious claws from the trailer that makes him a possibility.
Could it be Daken? Lady Deathstrike? Perhaps someone (or something) else entirely!? It certainly looks like Logan still has some surprises in store for us down the road.