In addition to showing X-23 jumping over and cutting through bad guys with insane ease, the latest violent trailer for "Logan" also features another surprise cameo: X-Men comics. The trailer establishes that at this point in the future, the X-Men will have become revered enough to warrant having comic books based off their exploits.
In the trailer, Hugh Jackman's Logan picks up an X-Men comic and says to Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Laura (Dafne Keen), "We got ourselves an X-Men fan. Maybe a quarter of it happened, but not like this." The art is decidedly comic book-y in nature, depicting costumed versions of Rogue, Storm, Colossus, Wolverine (wearing his iconic mask) and others trekking through rocky terrain. If the art looked familiar, that's because it was done by comic book artist Dan Panosian.
Panosian's an industry veteran with decades of work on his resume. He's also had plenty of experience with the X-Books; he's worked on issues of "Uncanny X-Men," "X-Force," "X-Factor Forever," "X-Men," "Ultimate X-Men" and "Astonishing X-Men" as an inker or penciler. Panosian also thanked fellow artist Gabriel Hardman ("Hulk," "Invisible Republic," "Star Wars Legacy") for suggesting him to Fox.
The art is particularly notable for giving us the first instance of Wolverine wearing a mask in the Fox film series -- even if it is just a drawing in a comic book. A deleted scene from the previous solo film, "The Wolverine," featured Logan receiving his classic brown and tan costume, although he never wore it. The cover to the comic also features Sauron, the jean-shorts-earing were-Pteranodon that has yet to make an appearance in Fox's X-Men franchise. His usual stomping grounds, the Savage Land, haven't appeared yet either. Considering the grounded tone "Logan's" going for, odds are Sauron is part of the 75% of the comic that didn't happen.
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.