About to watch Logan for the first time? We’re here to get you prepared.
Director James Mangold pitched Logan as a more “human” film, placing an emphasis on plot and characters rather than “gloss and greenscreen.” Moreover, Hugh Jackman commented that this film will shows us Wolverine “struggling with mortality and legacy” and whether he’s had an actual impact in the world.
That leads me to my only spoiler: You may shed some tears.
While the film is loosely based off Mark Miller’s ‘Old Man Logan’, there are still a few things that the average viewer should know before watching the movie. So without any further ado, here are five things you should know before watching Logan.
1 – Not Old Man LoganOld man muthufudging Logan. Source: Comic Island Reviews.
A lot of people have been claiming that Logan will be following the ‘Old Man Logan’ storyline. That isn’t entirely correct. For that to happen, you’d need Logan teaming up with the Avengers’ Hawkeye on a road-trip in a post-apocalyptic America to save Logan’s family from the ‘Hulk Gang’, as well as the world, from a Red-Skull run United States.
If that all sounds like a mouthful, it’s because it is. That was eight comic issues stuffed into one sentence. Now obviously that can’t happen because of character licensing and Fox owning X-men and Disney owning everyone else. What viewers are more likely to see however is the vibe and character of ‘Old-Man Logan’ – something gritty, tough, and ultimately heart-breaking.
2 – Wolverine TimelinesHugh = Bae. Source: The Nug.
While Logan is said to be the final movie in the Wolverine trilogy (and Hugh’s final appearance as the character), it isn’t really related to either X-Men Origins: Wolverine or The Wolverine due to a reboot in the series. What that means story-wise is that from X-Men Days of Future Past (2014), all X-Men movies occur in an alternate timeline.
But what are alternate timelines? Let’s say you go back in time and change one thing in the past. Now, if you go back to the present, things would be completely different. And that’s because your actions in the past changed what was supposed to happen to your ‘timeline’ or ‘fate’. Days of Future Past did just that when the X-Men re-wrote the past. Consequentially, that means that the new timeline never experienced the first two Wolverine movies, but does include First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, and maybe Deadpool?
3 – Laura (Daphne Keen)
If you’ve seen all the trailers for Logan, then you’ve probably been wondering who the hell that small kick-ass child is. Well my friends, that answer requires some history into the comics and some potential spoilers for the film – so you’ve been warned.
Dafne Keen’s character Laura is a clone of Wolverine, created when a top-secret organisation wanted to recreate the ‘Weapon-X’ program to produce the ultimate assassin. For context, the ‘Weapon-X’ program gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton.
If you saw the end credit scene for Apocalypse then you would have seen some suits taking a vial of blood titled ‘Weapon-X’ and stuffed in an ‘Essex-Corp’ briefcase. This hints at long-time X-men villain Mr. Sinister, potentially under the guise of Dr. Zander Rice, using Wolverine’s blood to make a clone of him: Laura. So when you hear Xavier in trailer one remarking that “She’s like you… very much like you”, you know for damned sure that he’s really on the nose.
4 – Caliban (Stephen Merchant)
Every once in a while during the trailers you see this pasty white looking fellow who likes to completely conceal himself in clothing. But who is he? Where are my other beloved and consistently attractive X-Men like Cyclops or Storm?
Well, this character is Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and if you think that you’ve seen this character before, it’s probably because you have. Caliban also appeared in Apocalypse but was played instead by Tomas Lemarquis as a trader of information.
Caliban is acting as a care-taker for Xavier who has lost control of his powers and is a danger to himself and others. His mutant abilities in so far as the comics are concerned include sensing nearby mutants, super-strength, and absorbing other people’s fear and amplifying it into the environment.
5 – Logan is Future 2024
Logan is set in the year 2024, in a time where mutants are going extinct and the X-Men have disbanded. This is eerily reminiscent of the events following Marvel’s House of M leading up to Messiah CompleX.
Making matters worse, the decline in mutant births continue to lead to the reduction of the mutant population.
This will provide the backdrop of our beloved mutant forefathers, Xavier and Wolverine, looking at their work and determining whether they actually accomplished anything. Were their battles all for naught? Did all their comrades die for their cause in vain? Or is there some faint hope which can save their legacies?
And that’s it – you’re ready to watch Logan. And if your friends have any questions over the 2 hour 17 minute runtime, you’ll be the hero they need, but not the one they deserve.