Well, on the heels of this morning’s roundup of some tantalizing though not exactly revealing images from Logan, we now have a whopper: the reveal of the film’s villain. Wolverine 3 has been shrouded in secrecy since Day 1, but with director James Mangold now firmly in post-production, 20th Century Fox has begun to roll out the movie’s marketing campaign. It kicked off with last week’s title and poster reveal, and further images teased a dark, desolate, and gritty setting for Hugh Jackman’s final go-around as the X-Men character. And now we know who he’ll be facing off against.
The new Logan image gives us our first look at Boyd Holbrook’s character with the caption “Pierce”, which we assume alludes to the fact that the Narcos actor is playing Marvel Comics villain Donald Pierce. The character first appeared in the late 80s, modeled after Donald Sutherland with the character’s last name sharing the same last name of Sutherland’s M*A*S*H character Hawkeye Pierce. The Marvel villain was a mutant-hating genocidal maniac who infiltrated the Hellfire Club with the sole intention of murdering all of its members. Oh, and he’s also a cyborg, carrying four artificial limbs that grant him superhuman strength and a great resistance to damage—in fact, as long as his head is intact, he can survive pretty much anything, including a beating from The Wolverine himself.
In the Age of Apocalypse run, Pierce served as the leader of a band of human assassins known as the Reavers, which could factor into his role in Logan. Indeed, we know absolutely nothing about how Pierce fits into this Wolverine film, but his hatred of mutants combined with his immense durability and strength makes him a formidable foe to a Wolverine who is suffering from diminished abilities and severe chronic pain.
Take a look at the photo below (which has a strong Mad Max vibe), and sound off in the comments with your own theories as to how Pierce will fit into the Logan storyline. The film also stars Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant and opens in theaters on March 3, 2017.