While the X-Men Cinematic Universe has delivered some great movies it’s getting more and more difficult to figure out how the different timelines fall into place. The next instalment of the franchise will land in March, with Hugh Jackman reprising the Wolverine one more time in Logan.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Jackman discussed his final outing as Wolverine saying that he’s excited to tell a very different Wolverine story. The actor also revealed that the film will be a standalone film and is in a partially different universe to the previous X-Men films.
“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.”
Jackman then went on to discuss what it was like working with the studio this time around. Previous instalments of the X-Men franchise have reportedly had trouble with studio meddling, but Jackman assures fans that the Studio was extremely on board and helpful with Logan.
“I said this was my last one and they said make the movie you want to make, and so Jim [Mangold] and I had this blank canvas and we wanted to make something really different. Definitely tonally different, I kept thinking The Wrestler, Unforgiven. He was thinking Unforgiven as well and The Gauntlet and these other movies which just seemed to really match his character. Early on we had the idea for the title not having anything to do with Wolverine in it but just being about the man. And what the collateral damage of being Wolverine your entire life would be.”
Jackman who has played Wolverine for 17 years then explained why he thinks connecting to the larger X-Men Universe can sometimes hinder a movie. As the actor explains, Logan wanted to focus on the story of this character and it was important to do that right without overly connecting to a larger universe.
“It’s a stand alone movie in many ways. It’s not really beholden to time lines and story lines in the other movies. Obviously Patrick Stewart was in there so we have some crossover but it feels very different and very fresh. Following the timelines becomes a chess game that you try to serve, which actually doesn’t help to tell a story and it’s sort of been a bit all over the place. I’m not critical of it – X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there’d be another and there were different directors different off shoots.”
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.