Over the course of the last 24 hours, there has been a flurry of information regarding the forthcoming X-Men feature franchise stand-alone film Logan from returning director James Mangold (The Wolverine). Following the release of the new movie's first official poster, fans of the long-running Marvel Comics franchise are probably waiting with even greater anticipation than ever for the thrilling Western-themed adaptation (based loosely on the Old Man Logan comic book series written by Mark Millar).
Seeing as how lead actor Hugh Jackman will be potentially bidding adieu to the role of Weapon X following the theatrical release of Logan, many fans who grew up on the initial spate of X-Men films from the early 2000s will not want to miss his probable swan song to the Wolverine character. On that note, another photo from the set of Mangold's latest film depicts Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in way that viewers have never seen him before.
Posting to his personal Twitter account, Mangold has just unveiled a startling new image of Stewart as Professor X, whose pale frame has never looked so haggard. Those in the know are reporting that Logan takes place in 2024: a time in which both Wolverine and his mentor have become shadows of their former selves - not to mention being afflicted with attendantly diminishing mutant powers. You can check out said pic of Professor X, below.
As previously reported, Professor X will be joined in Logan by both Wolverine and his new steward and fellow mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant), though his powers and capacity for remembering who the other people in his life are are intermittent at best. Mangold proved himself capable of telling a thrilling and daring take on the Wolverine character with The Wolverine in 2013, and with any luck his latest feature will serve as a more than narratively fitting and emotionally satisfying conclusion to Jackman's tenure in the franchise - for now, at least.
Logan is sure to be what Jackman has called a "very different" take on the Wolverine character and surrounding X-Men feature franchise; and with any luck, Mangold's R-rated adventure won't disappoint. Drawing from such a well-regarded volume of work such as Old Man Logan is definitely a narrative source that comic book fans will appreciate, and should result in a mainstream blockbuster primed to please general moviegoers and superhero aficionados the world over.
Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.
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