What can Fox do to make sure this movie really “pops”?
We X-Men fans are truly in for a treat in the next few years with not only X-Men: Apocalypse, but spin-offs for the very awesome characters like Deadpool, Gambit, and number-one-X-honcho WOLVERINE. Hugh Jackman, the living Adonis, has stated that this would be his last outing as the Canadian warrior and implied it was based off of the popular comic run: Old Man Logan.
This was Mr. Jackman circa 2000 with a fit, healthy, yet attainable body. Yea it disgusts me too.
Old Man Logan is the story of a retired and burnt out Logan living with his new family in a twisted American run by super villains. Logan takes a job from former Avenger Hawkeye and they ride across getting into all sorts of filthy trouble. Along the way they face Kingpin, Red Skull, Hulk, and even a symbiote infused dinosaur.
“Holy dollar pound-sign is right Logan.”
Hulk? Isn’t he with those other guys?
Off the bat many of you note that characters like Hulk, Kingpin, and Hawkeye have their movie rights over at Marvel Studios with a borrowing of rights being EXTREMELY unlikely. That said I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Wolverine isn’t short on villains and the comics writer agrees. Mark Millar notes in an interview that:
Honestly, the continuity stuff is the most boring side of it. I kind of like it, keeping it in the X-Men universe a little, too, because comic fans are different from the mainstream world. I know this stuff backwards because I’ve lived my whole life loving this stuff, but most people don’t know all the minutiae and everything so I think keeping it simplified and keeping it generally X-Men universe is a smarter thing to do.
Allies like Cyclops or Storm can stand in for Hawkeye easily and villains like Cyber and Omega Red can fill those shoes easily. It hurts to lose the Hulk in a poetic sense (Wolverine debuted in a battle with the character) but Sabertooth more than makes up for the lost relation. Not to mention Logan DEFINITELY has some unfinished business with the guy in the movies.
Show Me The Money
I know it’s almost cliché to ask for a Hard R rating for a Wolverine movie but hear me out. Old Man Logan is a BLOODY time. If you type Old Man Logan into the Google search bar ninety percent of all the images are of Logan covered in the stuff.
“It’s even on the damn LOGO.”
With Deadpool’s R rating we know Fox is willing to match ratings with its source material as necessary but if we can’t, then we at least need one of those HARD PG-13’s, where you leave the theater shocked that it WASN’T R-rated.
“I essentially need it to be X2’s mansion scene but for ninety minutes.”
Putting It All Together
Old Man Logan started off as kind of a “What-if?” type story but one of the strongest things Fox can do is to tie this all together; the idea that the X-Men deal with not only changing timelines, a’la Days of Future Past, but multiple ones.
This film should remain its own piece but figuring out a way to tie this dark future into the main X-Men films can pay off as it can help give X-Men that extra dimension to help set itself apart from Marvel Studios.
Passing The Claws
Jackman, a living marble statue, has stated that this is the end of HIS run as Wolverine but I don’t really believe that Fox is done with the character. His popularity and involvement in most major storylines certainly mean a recasting is in store. Here’s where all my talk about multiverses pays off because it offers the perfect out for Fox to introduce a new actor.
These are the main things I really need Fox to nail for me when it comes to an Old Man Logan adaptation because Wolverine 3 is not just another X-Men spinoff, it’s Hugh Jackman’s swan song with the guy. How does the old saying go? “We hate to see you go but love to – oh god please god Hugh stay on as Wolverine pleaaaaasssssssss—“