Another black-and-white photo from production of Logan features a close-up of Wolverine’s battered and worn hands, signaling his weakened regenerative factor enabling him to age. Absent from his hands is a ring; while wedding bands might be hard to come by in the new, depressing reality, it’s more likely that Wolverine is on his own than having a family to support.
Loosely based on Mark Millar’s 2008 graphic novel Old Man Logan, the film departs from the comics, depicting Wolverine as single and alone instead of a farmer struggling to take care of a family.
In Old Man Logan, Wolverine is married to a woman named Maureen with two kids whom he tries to protect from the inbred Hulk gang. Unable to pay them for the month’s rent, and forced to pay double the next month, Wolverine takes up a dangerous job from his old friend Hawkeye to travel across the new apocalyptic United States where villains have won and superheroes are dead, imprisoned, or hiding. Because Fox only has the rights to X-Men, heroes who appear in Old Man Logan, like Hulk’s kids, Hawkeye, Daredevil, and Punisher won’t be in Logan.
But that’s fine: Logan will have Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) as well as Dafne Keen debuting as X-23, who is bound to be the next Wolverine. Those two characters will fill out Logan’s found-family enough to make him feel less alone.
Logan will be released March 3, 2017.Photos via Marvel, YouTube.com/20th Century Fox