Having shown us a grim black and white scene of James Howlett driving around young partygoers in his car, Logan is ready to deliver something entirely unique in the Marvel universe. Debuting a grounded picture that showcases an old and weary hero on March 3, 2017, director James Mangold indicated this week that the movie could of had a very different aesthetic.
As Charles Xavier and Wolverine get themselves mixed up in the Reavers pursuit of X-23, Mangold explained that there were plans to involve more mutant characters in the spinoff until they were scrapped. Releasing fresh TV spots, posters and clips in the remaining weeks before the big premiere, the filmmaker outlined what could have been in store if they veered off in a different direction.
Railroad Dismantled For Darker Story
Speaking to We Got This Covered, the Logan director admitted that he wanted to include more characters with powers to help lift Wolverine's spirits and prevent him from being too isolated.
“There were times early on in the story where I played with the idea of Hugh coming along, and I don’t want to give away anything, but I played with there being an underground railroad where there were a couple of other mutants that he met on the journey," started Mangold. "It always seemed to detract from the loneliness of the story though and became a kind of cameo."
With the temptation there to always throw in a cameo to keep the audience's attention in check, Mangold stuck firm to portray a film that will come across more as a drama-thriller than a traditional superhero flick.
"Still, there was always a curiosity," said a frank Mangold. "I’m so cautious of it though, despite how much fans want it to happen. You find these moments where you’re trying to please people and write these scenes where they’ll bump into somebody but it always just seems like an awkward cameo unless you can make it fit organically and the character is integral to the story.”
X-Men Gathering In 2017
Flying in the face of her inexperience, 20-year old Sophie Turner is happy to transition from one mega franchise to the next in 2017. Reprising her role in the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones, the actress will be back doing likewise to play the young Jean Grey when the cast gather for a fresh installment.
Having played the character in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse, Turner told the press at the BAFTA awards that the gang will be back again.
"We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men," admitted Turner. "We’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of (Game of) Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8. So I’ve got a busy year lined up."