There are many things to enjoy about the new #Logan trailer — like how X-23 is the most badass little girl this side of Eleven, and how refreshing it is to get a comic book movie which isn't dumb as dirt — but perhaps the moment that made my nerd heart skip a beat was the sight of Logan rifling through the pages of an X-Men comic.
Before we talk about how and why, check out the trailer below.
At surface level, you might think the inclusion of the X-Men comic is designed to tease viewers with a glimpse of that iconic yellow suit frequently worn by Wolverine on the pages of #Marvel Comics. In case you were wondering, the two comics featured in the scene (issues #117 and #132 of 'Uncanny X-Men') are mock-ups with completely new covers and contents (inked by Marvel artist Dan Panosian) — the actual #117 has different (amazing) cover art, and the art style inside this comic looks newer than '79.
What's super cool about the issue numbers is that the real 'Uncanny X-Men #132' is the issue in which Donald Pierce, a cyborg villain of the X-Men, first appears. That's a pretty intense level of detail given that Boyd Holbrook plays Pierce here, replete with bionic arm (the very same arm Wolverine himself tore off in 'Uncanny X-Men #282'). I think it's fair to say director James Mangold has earned his nerd credentials.
More than just an Easter Egg, though, the appearance of the comics actually provides some context to the story of Logan — Mangold told ScreenRant that the comics are the last relic of the X-Men in a world which has been cleansed on mutants:
"[It's] a world in which all the merchandising and all the storytelling about the X-Men exists. It exists in a sense the same way movie stars can read their biography of their golden age ... A kind of recreation of something that happened and something that Logan is trying to run from — meaning he’s tired of the legend ... What is it like to be one of these characters who’s been sold, packaged, reported on, and a hero to kids — might have posters on some kid’s wall — yet you’re not fulfilling it anymore, you can’t keep up anymore? And that’s the interesting question the movie asks."
One of the major themes of Logan is the idea that even superheroes are mortal and can't go on saving the world forever, so to tie that up with the idea of their legacy being preserved in a comic book is actually pretty clever, and hopefully a sign that this movie will contain more brains than most in the genre.
How do you feel about X-Men comics existing in the movie universe? Would you rather the real Logan zipped up in that bold yellow suit, or does the Easter Egg get it just right?