From the very beginning of Fox’s X-Men franchise, nearly 17 years ago, hardcore comics fans have sought a big-screen depiction of the team’s classic costumes — not those often-criticized leather biker suits. The faithful almost got their wish with the 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which introduced blue-and-yellow uniforms, but Wolverine’s brown-and-tan duds have become a, well, white whale for fandom. Oh, sure, the costume was shown in an alternate ending for 2013’s “The Wolverine,” but that doesn’t really count, does it?
However, some fans think Hugh Jackman may be teasing the suit’s upcoming appearance in “Logan.”
On Saturday, the actor tweeted a photo of a Wolverine action figure clad in the brown-and-tan suit, which debuted in 1980’s “The Uncanny X-Men” #139. “The Original,” Jackman wrote.
THE ORIGINAL. pic.twitter.com/5I9qjQGEsK
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 4, 2017
Of course, it isn’t the “original,” as Wolverine sported at least two costumes before that one. Yet, for a generation of X-Men fans, that’s undoubtedly the definitive look for the character. Whether Jackman’s hinting at the suit’s arrival in “Logan” or simply photographing an action figure he saw remains to be seen.
It’s worth noting that we will see Wolverine in costume in the film, even if it may only be in the pages of the comic books illustrated by artist Dan Panosian for a scene depicted in the final trailer. There the suit is a blue-and-yellow version, and we’re told by Logan that the comics don’t reflect reality. “Maybe a quarter of it happened,” he said, “and not like this.”
But will Jackman actually, finally, don a mask and costume — even if only in flashback — for his ninth, and purportedly final, appearance as Wolverine? We’ll have to wait until March 3, when “Logan” arrives in theaters, to find out.
“Logan” is set in the near future, years after the epilogue of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In it, a weary Logan, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing Professor Xavier in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Magold, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.
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