Following the release of the latest “Logan” trailer, a flood of information about the upcoming X-Men franchise film has been unleashed. We’ve learned more about X-23 and why Mister Sinister wasn’t included in the film, and now we have a new bit of info: when exactly “Logan” takes place.
We’ve known for some time that “Logan” takes place further in the future that any other X-movie, even the future scenes of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Now, in an interview with ComicBook.com, “Logan” director James Mangold has given a specific year for Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film: 2029.
“It’s year 2029 when the movie takes place,” said Mangold. “There’s an epilogue scene in ‘Days of Future Past’ which is 2024, or 2023, something like that. I just wanted to get far enough past. My goal was real simple: it was to pick a time where I had enough elbow room that I was clear of existing entanglements. Part of the way I think this films stop being fresh (these films being franchise comic book movies) is when you find yourself making essentially a television series with $200 million episodes where you’re literally just picking up where the last one left off and you’re making a mini-series. Then, it’s impossible to do something fresh, meaning essentially you’re just a director on the 14th episode of a television show picking up where the last one left off and people are going to be really startled by any discontinuity or changes.”
From what we’ve seen in the trailers, “Logan’s” status quo is quite different from what we saw at the end of “Days of Future Past.” That coda scene featured a fully operational Xavier School with all the X-Men alive, happy and healthy. Now we know that five or six years after that, the mutant race will be endangered, Wolverine’s healing factor will be on the fritz and Professor X will be on death’s door.
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3, 2017.
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