So far, the marketing campaign for 20th Century Fox’s Logan has been one of the most artful and mysterious that we’ve seen for a comic book movie in recent memory. Following an intense teaser trailer released a few months ago, a majority of the marketing materials released for the film have consisted of black and white, vague images teasing the film’s numerous characters, and dark tone. For a film that’s set to be the onscreen farewell to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine too, that somber look and feel seems more than fitting.
Based on what’s been released and confirmed about the movie so far, it seems fair to say that Logan has assembled an interesting lineup of characters from the X-Men universe for its cast, featuring a strong mix of both new and returning faces. One of the most interesting of those is Stephen Merchant’s Caliban, a character who appeared briefly in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse – though he was played by a different actor in that film – and whose role in Logan remains unclear.
While no more details or official regarding Caliban have been released either, a brand new image of Merchant as Caliban in the film has been posted online today by Kellvin Chavez (via CBM), featuring the character in the same desert outfit he was seen wearing briefly in the Logan trailer. Check it out for yourself below:
The new image fits in line perfectly with the rest of the stills and images that have been released from Logan so far, with director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman both opting to confirm character identities and rumored roles in the film with images like these over the past few weeks, rather than making official announcements. Interestingly enough, Caliban is almost unrecognizable in the image as well because of just how much his face is covered by his scarf and goggles, with the only really identifying feature being his eyes peering through the goggles themselves.
Now, in the comics, Caliban is a member of the Morlocks – a sewer-dwelling group of mutants – with a special ability to track other mutants. Judging by the brief glimpses of him found in the film’s trailer too, it seems like Caliban could play a role in how Boyd Holbrook’s Donald Pierce and his Reavers locate Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) and Logan in the first place, with the trailer quickly cycling through shots of Caliban being tortured by those villains.
Whether or not that’s how Caliban factors into the story is, of course, for the moment unknown. Nevertheless, after his small role in Apocalypse earlier this year, the character’s presence in Logan should add an interesting wrinkle to how the other characters around him act and live, especially if he has a pre-existing relationship with Logan and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) by the time that the film begins.