This trailer has a considerably more real, heartfelt, and gritty feel than the previous two Wolverine installments. And for that, I could not be happier. The Wolverine character, played by Hugh Jackman, has been the cornerstone of Fox's slightly above average X-Men franchise. The very first X-Men movie hit theaters in a time where making movie superheroes look like superheroes was risky business. This was long before Tony Stark and Steve Rogers fought on the big screen exactly the way they did on the panels of comic books.
X-Men was released in the year 2000. Since then, comic book movies have become box office juggernauts and Fox has tried everything in it's power to keep up with the relentlessly high quality product distributed by it's Marvel counterpart. Opening scene of X2 aside, the franchise has left fans constantly wanting just a bit more. In this time Fox has essentially re-booted it's timeline with a new cast of mutants, but hasn't exactly re-energized the franchise. Hugh Jackman has starred in two stand-alone Wolverine movies. The first of which (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) almost completely destroyed a beloved fan favorite, Deadpool. Obviously, since the catastrophe Ryan Reynolds fought incredibly hard to bring the character back from the dead. Get it? No? Okay, see the movie then re-read that. The second stand alone Wolverine movie (The Wolverine) was a much better film and, in my opinion, very under-watched. Which finally brings us to Hugh Jackman's last appearance as Weapon X, 'Logan'. Here are my unorganized and over-explicated thoughts on the trailer.
- As stated earlier, this trailer had a strikingly unique feel in comparison to the X-Men films and original two Wolverine movies. I think this is an undisputed positive for fans. Wolverine has always been a more serious, violent, and dark Marvel hero. He's a mentally tortured government engineered assassin with indestructible adamantium blades in his hands and an attitude problem that would make Donald Trump blush. It looks like we finally get the extra edge the character has needed on film for years. Logan is rated R, so we get to see stuff like this from the international trailer......
- Contributing the the fantastic feel of the trailer is Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt. The voice of the Man in Black helps create the perfect neo-western tone to this trailer.
- According to early rumors, and confirmed by the trailer, Logan is loosely based on the comic storyline Old Man Logan. The source material takes place in a semi-apocalyptic future where the United States have been conquered by super-villains and almost all heroes have been wiped out. Logan no longer considers himself to be Wolverine after the death of most X-Men and refuses to unsheath his claws. Old Man Logan includes too many dark themes and far too many Marvel properties not owned by Fox to re-create closely. However, the movie seems to share a similar futuristic component and a similar lack of mutants, as referenced by Logan himself. Furthermore, the movie is emulating the same Logan appearance from the source material.
- Until this trailer, one of the most important facets of Logan's story was his enhanced regenerative healing factor. We've seen him recover from everything almost immediately. Including knife wounds, gunshots to the head, and nuclear blasts. Up to this point, his healing power has also kept him from aging at a normal rate (he fought in the Civil War). However, in this footage Logan displays scars, bloodied hands, and grey hair. Showing that his healing factor has been considerably decreased in his old age. This adds a new set of circumstances to the character. He's no longer an indestructible killing machine, but now has a weakness other than Magneto and Jean Grey's tight jeans.
- There has been an official confirmation that the girl in this movie is Laura or X-23. The X-23 from the comic book is a female clone of Wolverine/Logan and the movie version seems to be the same. Professor Xavier implies as much when he explains, "she's like you, very much like you". As the story goes, there was a limited supply of Logan's DNA from the Weapon X project. The DNA was so damaged that the Y chromosome was unidentifiable, therefore the clone was made with two X chromosomes. X-23 is a new character in the Marvel universe. Her introduction to the film franchise gives Fox a chance to carry on the Wolverine character after Hugh Jackman's last movie.
- Nathaniel Essex is supposed to be the biggest big bad guy in the film. The man behind the X-23 clone and the boss controlling the henchman fighting Wolverine. Nathaniel Essex is Mr. Sinister, AKA the guy that kills a lot of X-Men in the comic books.
- The last tid-bit that came to mind watching this trailer is how great Hugh Jackman has been as Wolverine. For the past sixteen years his portrayal of Wolverine has been one of the best and most consistent superhero performances in film or TV. All of this from a 6'3" Aussie playing a 5'3" Canadian.