Last week, we got a couple of pretty big reveals with regards to Wolverine 3—including that it’s officially called Logan. The film marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine character 16 years after X-Men launched the Australian actor into superstardom, and 20th Century Fox decided to keep this movie under a pretty heavy veil of secrecy throughout production. Indeed, filming wrapped before we learned anything at all about the setting, plot, or title. But now, just after the Logan reveal, the film’s official Instagram account is tweeting out some seriously dark imagery teasing the grim and gritty world of Logan.
In a script page that was teased by director James Mangold last week (who helmed The Wolverine), we learned that Logan will bring us a very different iteration of Wolverine than we’ve ever seen before:
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 the booze as a painkiller.
This was quickly followed up by an image of Patrick Stewart as a sickly and very old-looking Professor X, so we can safely assume that A. Logan takes place a ways into the future after the events of The Wolverine and B. These two once peak-form mutants are going downhill.
These new images don’t show any characters, but instead tease a severed arm, a fenced-off area, and a dingy motel. Basically, the theme of everything we’ve learned so far about Logan is, “Get ready to see some serious shit.” In the wake of Deadpool, we know Fox has agreed to release the film as R-rated, so this could certainly be one of the most intense superhero movies of the modern era.
For now, take a look at the photos below and let us know if you spot any hints towards what the film’s storyline may entail. Logan also stars Boyd Holbrook, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant. The film opens in theaters on March 3, 2017.
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