For fans who are wondering where the rest of the mutants are to leave Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and a very old Professor Charles X. Xavier (Patrick Stewart) on their own in "Logan," it is probably best to put down the speculation hat. Jackman reveals that his swan song project for the character that kicked off his career will be in an alternate reality from the rest of the "X-Men" lore.
The Australian actor recently sat down with Digital Spy to talk about the premise of the unorthodox superhero film. While the film has released two official trailers plus a red band one as well as the synopsis of the flick, it is still difficult to pinpoint where director James Mangold is going with this project.
"When you see the full movie you'll understand," Jackman said talking about the seemingly detached "Logan". "Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it's a slightly different universe. It's actually a different paradigm and that will become clear."
In retrospect, the "X-Men" franchise is not really one to mind continuity problems. Its movies have jumped through time over and over again that sometimes it is already difficult to follow what is canon or not. As of now, the current narrative is set in the 1980s with the most recent one, "X-Men: Apocalypse" full of the decade's pop culture references. Needless to say, Jackman reveals that they eventually decided to severe ties from the main franchise as to give themselves more creative liberty in honing his last stint as the Adamantium wielding hero.
"[Following the timelines] becomes a chess game that you try to serve, which actually doesn't help to tell a story and it's sort of been a bit all over the place. I'm not critical of it â€“ X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there'd be another and there were different directors different off shoots," he added.
That being said, Wolverine will still be a huge part of the Fox-Marvel Universe with the connective tissue of Professor X who will be tagging along on Logan's trippy adventure, and ensuring the safety of X23 (Dafne Keen), who from the looks of it does not need much protecting.
"It's a stand alone movie in many ways," the Academy Award-nominated thespian said. "It's not really beholden to time lines and story lines in the other movies. Obviously, Patrick Stewart was in there so we have some crossover but it feels very different and very fresh."
"Logan" is scheduled for a March 3 release in North America. But it will first hit the 67th Berlin International Film Festival between February 9 and 18 in Berlin, Germany as part of the non-competing movie selections.