Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. This hasn’t always been properly shown in the X-Men movies. For a character with a short temper and six sharp claws covered with indestructible metal, one would think he’d leave more of a bloody mess when angered. In Logan, Hugh Jackman reprises the role of Wolverine for the ninth time. It’s a dark and dreary time, as seen in the first trailer. Fox has released a second trailer (above), showing more of the story elements we can expect.
The other X-Men movies each had a PG-13 rating. This only allows a certain amount of violence and profanity. The success of Deadpool showed there is an audience for R-rated superhero films, and Jackman took a salary cut to get the R-rating for his final Wolverine appearance. A higher amount of profanity may not be crucial but the violence is exactly what the character and story needs.
Logan won’t be pushing the boundaries in the humor department like Deadpool. Instead, we’ll get the tone and violence fitting for character. Set in the near future, the X-Men’s world has changed. Mutants have been wiped out, for the most part. Logan is no longer in his prime. With a hint of desperation seen in the trailers, we’ll get to see him unleash his fury.
In December, Fox held a 2017 Showcase for upcoming films where 43 minutes of Logan was unveiled. Jackman and Patrick Stewart almost appear to be playing different characters, due to their characters’ current situations. When the violence kicks in, it fits perfectly with the vibe of the story set up. Logan’s reactions and how he handles the opposition is how the character should behave. The movie also introduces Dafne Keen as X-23, who will also take advantage of the rating.
Here is a summary of the footage shown. Warning: there may be spoilers below.
Logan is looking over Professor Xavier. His healing factor is messed up, and he’s clearly in pain. Caliban is also hiding out with them. He mentions finding an Adamantium bullet in Logan’s pocket which suggests he’s contemplated using it to end his life. It’s clear they’re cut off from the rest of the world. The X-Men are nowhere to be seen. Logan spends his time as a limo driver, which leads him to meet a lady wanting to hire him. She offers cash to cross the border to go to Mexico City. She says she’s running from her boyfriend.
Logan tells Xavier he’s leaving for a few days. When he returns to the motel, the lady is dead in her room. Heading back home, they’re visited by Donald Pierce, saying he knows Logan has the “old man.” Xavier’s brain was designated a weapon of mass destruction. Pierce is knocked out and Caliban is told to take him away. They discover when Logan left the motel, a little girl, Laura, managed to hide inside the limo. Xavier says he’s been waiting for her and communicates with her telepathically in Spanish.
Pierce turns the tables on Caliban. He returns with other soldiers. Logan gets beat down and it appears he can’t fight much. Now it’s revealed the soldiers have come for Laura. Logan attempts to leave with Xavier, leaving Laura behind. As they move in on her, she easily takes care of them. She is feral and vicious, even throwing a severed head out at the other soldiers. Logan comes back and uses his claws with no remorse. Men are stabbed in the head, and Laura shows she has claws, including one on each foot. The three attempt to escape in the limo. When Logan asks who the girl is, Xavier says, “You know who she is, Logan.”
This is where the footage shown ended.
Jackman and Stewart are making their characters different from what we’ve seen before. Seeing Logan with the shakes and having wounds that are not healing is unexpected. Dafne Keen is fantastic as X-23. Her savage nature and agility during the fight was incredible, and you also see some compassion as she uses her body to shield Xavier when the soldiers shoot at them in the limo. This is a more serious movie without costumes and villains with over-the-top performances. This is the type of movie the Wolverine deserves.
We’ll have more Logan coverage as its release approaches. The movie opens in theaters on March 3.