This morning graced us with the first look at the final performance of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Take a look after the jump:
Jackman has played this character for 16 years and to put that time into perspective, Robert Downey Jr. has only been Iron Man for eight years now (which is how long the MCU has existed), Christian Bale was only Batman for seven years, and both Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield have come and gone as Spider-Man in multiple films. Hugh is also the only person in the whole of the X-Men franchise to be in every single film that has been released.
Knowing this is the final time Jackman will wear the claws feels a bit emotional for us nerds. It opens the doors for both the character and the franchise to be completely rebooted in the future, but it also means we will not see Jackman bring this character to life so perfectly.
To the trailer itself, there is definitely the same melancholy tone the posters have made us feel. Set to Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” (that song still gets me every time) the film takes us to a distant future where the mutants have all but vanished. Angry and alone, Logan retreats to the baron wastelands of Texas (and believe me there are plenty of those) to die in peace. It looks as if Logan’s powers of healing have diminished, either due to age or some other reasons, which has led to the grey hair and scars.
But Charles Xavier has come to Logan for help in finding and rescuing a child who very well could be Laura Kinney/X-23. In the comics, Laura was a clone of Wolverine. Charles even says the girl is “very much” like Logan. She is being hunted down by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holdbrook) and his Reavers for reasons we don’t know quite yet, but it could be fairly easy to guess it is because she possesses healing powers if she is in fact Laura Kinney.
Since this is a Rated-R film, there was a Red Band trailer release. There is no real extra footage, just a slightly more violent ending. I like this because it shows the film isn’t Rated-R simply to be more gory or sexy. The higher rating will be used to help give Wolverine a more honest ending. Check out the Red Band Trailer after the jump:
Logan comes to theaters in the US March 3, 2017.
What do you think of the first trailer for Logan? Are you excited for this final performance? Sad? Not ready to see Hugh Jackman go? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.