With the March 2 release of Logan fast approaching, the film’s marketers have revealed the official plot summary and it’s grim.
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.
Ever since the brutal trailer for Logan was released in October, fans have been slow fed photos from the Rated-R film, posted on director James Mangold’s Twitter and Instagram, but not much else. The official plot synopsis has been revealed through a Twitter image, with the official synopsis scrawled across an atmospheric photo of Logan standing alone in a barren wasteland:
From what’s known of the film so far, Logan takes place in a future where Wolverine appears to be one of the last remaining X-Men, living in some kind of desert with a visibly aged Professor X.
The “young mutant” of the plot summary is X-23, Wolverine’s genetic clone daughter first introduced in the animated X-Men: Evolution series before being incorporated into the X-Men comic book universe. While fans have known about Laura Kinney/X-23’s appearance in the film for sometime, the official synopsis clarifies things a little by mentioning that up until Laura’s arrival, Logan has been in hiding, presumably from the same “dark forces” hunting Laura.
Mangold also released a few more photos on his Twitter account including a close-up on Logan:
Another of Professor X who looks a little crotchety:
And finally one of Laura:
The film’s focus on three central characters will no doubt give Logan a sharper perspective compared to the other X-Men films and their ensemble casts.
It’s far too early to consider if Logan could win an Oscar, but the film’s marketers are putting characters and story before explosions or decimated cities. It’s a start. “Logan looks like a movie that might break that glass ceiling,” wondered Ryan Reynolds in a Variety interview earlier this month. That is, if Reynolds’ own Deadpool doesn’t beat Logan to achieving that honor.