LOGAN Movie Will Be Set in a Different ‘X-Men’ Universe; Director Clarifies Timeline
In truly surprising news, Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman has recently told press that the upcoming Logan will not be set in the same universe as the other films in the X-Men franchise. When questioned about it further, Jackman claimed that:
“When you see the full movie you’ll understand. Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”
Not adhering to the shared X-Men universe is perhaps the wisest decision to make. Due to the complicated and convoluted storylines set up in the franchise.
Logan will also be tonally different than the other films in the X-Men franchise, and will be the first X-Men film to carry an R rating. Jackman has stated that the tone of the film is similar to beloved movies such as The Wrestler and Unforgiven.
On Twitter, Logan director James Mangold further commented on this surprising new development. Following the interview, he took to Twitter and told fans that Logan will be set in 2029, five years after anything in the X-Men universe. This makes a myriad of sense, as Logan will be focusing on a washed up and aging Wolverine. Jackman stated that the film will take place in a “slightly different” universe than the X-Men franchise.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) January 22, 2017
Ignoring the schlocky elements of the X-Men franchise and taking a more gritty approach may be welcomed by fans, who disapproved of the more corny X-Men: Apocalypse. Logan has earned a ton of praise from pre-screenings, particularly from Ryan Reynolds and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson. The latter of which claimed that Logan was the best X-Men movie ever made.
Logan will arrive in theaters nationwide on March 17th. It will be the last onscreen appearance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The plot follows Logan taking care of a dying Professor X. Both begin to lose their powers, and Logan must figure out a way to stop his deterioration.
The film has been described as a violent and bloody Western, inspired by films such as Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and Kevin Costner’s Open Range. It is the first R rated film in the X-Men universe. It has been rumored that the overwhelming success of Deadpool made it possible for Logan to carry an R rating.