Marvel are releasing a final solo Wolverine movie, now officially titled Logan, with Hugh Jackman appearing for the last time as the iconic X-Man.
A new poster was also released - a somewhat cryptic one - with the release date set for March 2017. It’s a simple poster, but it also poses a lot of questions for those who know the story of the character. For example, we know that Wolverine has accelerated healing, but his hand is covered in scars; and who is the girl holding his hand?
So far, we know that Logan is based on the plot of Old Man Logan story arc from the comics, in which we see an older Logan in an unhappy future, back in action but definitely not happy about it.
Director James Mangold, who also worked on The Wolverine, revealed the title and poster on Twitter with a photo of a page from the screenplay. If the screenplay is anything to go by - and this is only page 2 - this film is definitely looking to deviate from the regular superhero movie template. For a start, there’s already an F-bomb.
The stage directions reveal a whole lot about how this film is going to do its best to break the mould:
“Now might be a good time to talk about the ‘fights’ described in the next 100 or so pages. Basically, if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.
In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.
As for our hero, well, he’s older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain – hence booze as a painkiller.”
There are certainly a lot of questions surrounding this new movie, but one thing is for sure: this isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill superhero blockbuster.
The film will also be starring Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant alongside Hugh Jackman.