After the release of ‘Deadpool,’ there has been a lot of buzz about 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men’ universe, particularly in relation to its other property that could be worthy of receiving an “R” rating release, ‘Wolverine 3.’ And for a while now the two biggest questions about the film are whether it not it will actually get that “R” rating, and also whether the rumors are true that the basis of the film will be the ‘Old Man Logan’ story from comics. Now it seems, both of these rumors might actually be true.
After ‘Deadpool,’ 20th Century Fox is understandably a lot more comfortable with releasing an “R” rated super-hero film, especially since it will allow Hugh Jackman and company to really let loose for their final foray into the Wolverine mythology. As far as the ‘Old Man Logan’ story, a recent rumor from Den of Geek cites multiple unnamed sources as saying that this is the story that they have been working on for some time, while also confirming that they have been pushing for that “R” rating.
For anyone unaware of what exactly the ‘Old Man Logan’ story entails, it was a comic written by Mark Millar (who is a currently a creative consultant for Fox’s ‘X-Men’ universe) that has Wolverine as the last surviving member of the ‘X-Men’ in a dystopian world where he vowed to never again use his claws. In the comic, he makes his way across the US, encountering many old foes and allies, including the Hulk, Hawkeye, The Red Skull and the Venom symbiote, and the story also includes moments where Wolverine uses Iron Man’s armor and Captain America’s shield. While Fox clearly does not have the rights to any of these characters, they and Millar are confident that these side-characters are not essential to the main plot, and can be substituted for characters that 20th Century Fox does own the rights to. According to Millar, the main story has little to do with the side characters anyway, for in his words:
“The way I worked [the series] is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically. I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later.”
Do you think they can do justice to the ‘Old Man Logan’ story without the supporting characters from the comic? I think part of the fun of that comic was the call-backs to the other characters that Logan knew and worked with over the years, which will all be lost in the version made by 20th Century Fox. Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!
Source: Den of Geek