SPOILER ALERT: This article reveals major SPOILERS from ‘Logan’. Definitely proceed with caution!
Though their relationship has been tumultuous at times, there’s no denying the bond between telepathic mentor Charles Xavier and his “student,” the rebellious Logan/Wolverine. The pair, embodied by Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman on the big screen, have shared some of the most poignant moments in the ‘X-Men’ film series.
Jackman has clearly stated that the upcoming ‘Logan’ will be his final go-round in the role and it is almost a given that the same can be said of Stewart. So what will this little road trip entail for the Professor? Sadly, it’s not pretty.
‘Logan’ is set in the year 2024, which means Professor X will be in his 90s. And even super powered telepaths fall victim to the rigors of aging.
As Jackman explained:
“One thing we explore is what happens when the most powerful brain on the planet falls victim to dementia of some kind. We don’t get into specifics. Is it Alzheimer’s? Is it dementia? But we know that he’s now dangerous because when his brain doesn’t work, things happen.
“He has seizures and people around him fall into coma. Cars crash… What I loved about what [writer/director] Jim [Mangold] wrote is that you see and feel the frustration of caring for someone like that… it’s very real life, in a way.”
One thing that we have seen from the previously released trailers, is that Professor X brings out the nurturing side of possibly the least nurturing X-Man, as the pair take on the ward of X-23 a character that in the comics and the ‘X-Men: Evolution’ animated series was a feral female clone of Logan.
But as far as those seizures, look at these clips from the released ‘Logan’ trailers:
Logan’ does already appear to diverge sharply from the existing ‘X-Men’ movies. It seems more dramatic and a little less action-oriented. But it also appears that James Mangold has crafted a touching goodbye to the franchise and that should be a pretty powerful thing to watch.
In addition to Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, ‘Logan’ features Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce, Dafne Keen as X-23, Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice,Daniel Bernhardt as Bone Breaker, Krzysztof Soszynski as Mohawk, plus Eriq La Salle, Doris Morgado, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Elise Neal and Lauren Gros. It will be released on March 3, 2017.