Fans and critics alike had a decidedly mixed reception of the most recent X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, but nostalgia for the nearly 20-year-old film franchise and hope for future installments remains high. Soon, fans will get their look at Logan, a dystopian future spinoff of the series that features Hugh Jackman – in what he has said will be his final turn – as an aging, embittered Wolverine called back into action in a gritty R-rated survival story.
Now, check out the action-packed new TV spot for the hotly anticipated feature, which just debuted as part of the NFL Super Bowl broadcast.
As with other spots before it, this new look maintains the dark and gritty post-apocalyptic tone markedly different from the other X-Men films that first piqued fan interest when the original trailer debuted several months ago. While much of the storyline and connections to the other films in the franchise are still being held back, fans have been told to expect a major departure in tone and aesthetic – and many believe that the events of the film will bring a kind of closure to both Wolverine’s story itself and Jackman’s career-making tenure in the part.
What is known of the film’s plot is said to involve Wolverine and Professor X living as the last surviving members of the X-Men in a dark future where Mutantkind has seen its numbers dwindle to next to nothing and armed gangs of technologically enhanced mutant-hating thugs called Reapers patrol the wasteland seeking the last of them. Wolverine himself is drawn back into the fight when he becomes the protector of a mysterious child (believed to be a variation of the Marvel Comics character X-23 aka “The Female Wolverine”) with powers – and anger-issues – similar to his own.
The premise, a violent road adventure wherein the older Logan serves as a stoic protector/father-figure to a child, has drawn comparisons to films like The Road, Children of Men and the best-selling video game The Last of Us (all of which were inspired, as Logan seems to also be, by the popular samurai film series Lone Wolf & Cub). But, fans have also noted similarities to the comic-book storyline Old Man Logan. However, as that story featured extensive involvement from non-X-Men Marvel characters like Hawkeye, The Red Skull and The Hulk, it is unlikely that Logan will be a close translation thereof.
Logan stars Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant and Dafne Keen; James Mangold directed the feature, which is set to debut on March 3, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox