Last week's mammoth trailer gave a window into the Marvel hit Logan that will be on the big screen as of March 3, 2017. And, as Wolverine took a glimpse over old X-Men comics, many viewers were wondering where exactly the film takes place on the timeline at large. Is it a direct sequel that occurs after 2013's The Wolverine, or are there blanks left in between that we don't know about yet?
The good news is, the star of the movie not only has a theory, but discussed the mythos of the series at large. Fronting the character for the very last time, Hugh Jackman offered his thoughts on the matter and wanted to help moviegoers get a better grasp of the narrative on a wider scale.
The Same But Different, Get It?
Said to take part some years after the previous installment. Where audiences see Zander Rice and the Reavers are hunting down mutants for their own evil purposes, Jackman outlined how Logan would tie into the franchise. Helping a 90-year old Charles Xavier survive his final years, there is an obvious link that will be explored as it debuts in 6 weeks time.
"It's a standalone movie in many ways," argued the 48-year old. "It's not really beholden to timelines 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. (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 - 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."
Director Clarifies "Standalone" Comment
Some saw the "standalone" word alone as pivotal. Making Logan an entirely new and separate venture from what has gone before. Yet director James Mangold used his Twitter account to slam this theory out of hand, saying it was just a case of time passing to cause this difference and nothing more.
"Don't think @RealHughJackman said that exactly," remarked Mangold. "Simple fact. We take place in 2029, 5 yrs past anything depicted in XMEN film... Everyone should breathe and focus on important things."
So there we have it. 2029 - and 5 years past what has come before it. Should be one hell of a spectacle all the same.