One of the almost comical points in the latest ‘Logan‘ trailer was watching Wolverine page through an X-Men comic and James Mangold is opening up to why that scene exists. Honestly, it isn’t too surprising in a world where mutants are famous and may have been thought of as heroes to think that merchandising based on their characters would exist. It sounds like there is a subtle point being made with it, too, though how much of that point we’ll see addressed in the film remains to be seen.
According to Mangold:
“The world we find ourselves in when Logan begins, is a world in which all the merchandising and all the storytelling about the X-Men exists. It exists in a sense the same way movie stars can read their biography of their golden age in the past or sports stars may look in magazines or see replays running on ESPN of their golden moments in the past.
“That the comic books exist is a kind of recreation of something that happened and something that Logan is trying to run from — meaning he’s tired of the legend. He’s tired of the stories, he’s tired of the people recognizing him on the street, and he’s tired of someone holding out an action figure of him. All that merchandising exists in the movie, and I think it produces a very interesting effect, much more real world which was our goal. What is it like to be one of these characters who’s been sold, packaged, reported on, and a hero to kids — might have posters on some kid’s wall — yet you’re not fulfilling it anymore, you can’t keep up anymore? And that’s the interesting question the movie asks.”
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has already explored small parts of this concept especially in offshoots like the Netflix series where bootlegged Avengers videos are on the open market, but this sounds as if ‘Logan’ will include a much more in your face approach. How significant it is to the plot though is still hard to tell.
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Directed by James Mangold, ‘Logan’ stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Dafne Keen and claws its way into theaters on March 3, 2017.
Source: Screen Rant
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