We live in a world where keeping facts about an upcoming blockbuster movie a secret has reached such a level that studios make everyone sign Non-Disclosure Agreements, movies are given working titles that significantly differ from the actual titles and governments have declared the airspace around an outside set off-limits to drones. It's truly fascinating the lengths to which a studio will go in order to keep its project a secret. While unauthorized behind-the-scenes photos can reveal much about a movie, it's the script that really gives away most of the secrets - which is why they're generally kept under lock and key.
That's why it was astonishing when director James Mangold released a page from his Wolverine 3 script to the public. Principle photography wrapped on the project a few weeks ago, which Hugh Jackman celebrated by shaving off the iconic lamb-chop sideburns one last time. We know very little about the actual story for Wolverine 3, other than it's loosely based in part on Mark Millar's Old Man Logan miniseries; as such, Mangold's gift to the fan community gives a little more insight into the tone and direction this movie will take.
It was decided, shortly after the success with Deadpool, that Wolverine 3 would be rated-R; something that is clearly evident by looking at the first word on this script page (page 2 to be exact): "F*CK". Mangold doubles down on this notion by giving an explanation on what viewers should expect when it comes to both the fighting and realism in this movie. On the fights: "...if you're on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying, CG f*ckathon, this ain't your movie." He continues by explaining if someone falls off a roof in this movie, they will get hurt and/or die just like everyone else - no bouncing.
You can read the entire script page below:
Page two of our screenplay. pic.twitter.com/5X93NtWuVS
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
Not to be outdone by his director, Hugh Jackman tweeted a picture of, what is presumably, a look at the movie's first poster, including the official title for the film - Logan. Everything else known about the movie comes from speculation and reading deep into the cast and crew's words during interviews. One of those speculations revolved around the movie's potential villains: Mister Sinister and The Reavers. Even though Bryan Singer "confirmed" Mister Sinister's involvement, Mangold has evaded the topic when asked about it - though the character isn't mentioned on this script page.
For now, who it does mention are the "Bangers". While there are no characters specifically called Bangers in the Marvel Comic Universe (to our knowledge), this could be a reference to the Reavers - a team of bad guys rumored to make an appearance in Logan (read more about them HERE). Of course, they could just as well be a gang of thugs who Mangold has dubbed "Bangers". Obviously, there's no way to know for sure until the movie comes out, but it's definitely something to ponder.
The other interesting part of this script page: Wolverine hasn't lost his healing factor entirely, but it's clearly dwindling - a factoid pulled directly from Millar's Old Man Logan story. Set well into the future (perhaps decades or even a hundred years after X-Men: Apocalypse), Logan will be a dark, almost gloomy, story that follows the hero as he comes to the twilight of his long and painful life. Wolverine has never been one to shy away from alcohol (having been seen in a bar and/or with hard liquor in every movie) but this is the first time he's used it like a regular, non-superhero person - to deaden the pain. It will be interesting to see how far Mangold takes that plot point.
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.
Source: James Mangold