Official title and poster revealed for Wolverine 3
The first superhero film to be released next year is the third installment in the Wolverine franchise, and the final portrayal of the character by actor Hugh Jackman. Directed by James Mangold, the film is set to release next March has been given an official title of Logan, and will be the first within the X-Men feature franchise to receive an R rating.
Wolverine is easily one of the most identifiable and iconic comic book characters ever brought to life on the big screen and one of the most beloved characters in FOX’s X-Men franchise. Little is know about the films plot at this point, however it’s been disclosed that it will have a very different tone from the previous films. The surprising decision not to use the Wolverine name in the title may indicate that the focus will be more on the man himself than the hero. The Wrap has revealed that it will take place in 2024 and will feature an older and significantly crippled Wolverine with diminished regenerative abilities living out his last days. Mutant births are in decline for unknown reasons, and an organization called “Transigen” is turning mutant children into killing machines. An older Professor Xavier with a declining mind will also be present, who will be played by none other than Patrick Stuart. Caliban, an albino mutant played by Stephen Merchant, will help Logan care for Professor X. The villain for the film has been confirmed to be Mister Sinister, also known as Nathaniel Essex, a character who is able to gain power by experimenting on other mutants. There has been no official confirmation as to who will portray the character, though it is assumed to be actor Richard E. Grant.
An official poster has also been released, showing the clawed and scratched hand of Wolverine holding that of a young girls. It’s confirmed that Logan will be mentoring a girl with a set of her own claws, and many fans are speculating that this concedes the introduction of a character known as X-23, a female clone of Logan who shares the same abilities.
The film has also been confirmed to have an R rating by producer Simon Kinberg, who told Collider “It’s a very radical, bold, different Wolverine than you’ve ever seen in any of these movies.” He went on to say “It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”
Director James Mangold surprised fans when he released an image of the second page of the films script via his twitter, revealing that Logan uses expletives early on and confirming that the film will include death and violence, making the R rating quite apt. In all likelihood, this could be the Wolverine film that fans have been hoping for over the course of the two decades that Hugh Jackman has portrayed the character. Fans can look forward to a darker film with plenty of action, and hopefully a fitting send off for Jackman in the role.
This is merely the initial phase of promotion for the film, so stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks and months. Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017. Gambit, Deadpool 2, New Mutants, and X-Force are all currently in development.
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H/T: Collider, The Wrap