Logan is the best fumbling dad slash reluctant comic book hero in the latest trailer for Logan, his standalone Wolverine-and-Professor-X-road-trip movie that looks kinda great. The two, who seem to be the last of their kind, are trying to make a run for it and hide from the cyborg baddies, when they pick up another passenger: young mutant Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen), a.k.a. X-23—a fact that the trailer fully embraces, showing her in action.
There’s also the delightfully meta revelation that there are X-Men comics in this future—though, as Logan makes sure to point out, “maybe a quarter of it happened, and not like this.” Director James Mangold broke down the trailer frame-by-frame, and mentioned this tidbit about the in-universe comics:
“It’s not a real comic. For copyright reasons, we had to make new ones. We used original period X-Men artists to do it, for instance Joe Quesada did those covers.
“This was an idea that I had with Scott Frank, my writing partner, that Logan and Charles and any other remaining mutants in the future would be living under the weight of their own legacy and celebrity – much like sports stars and heroes and astronauts and movie stars live under. And that it would be really interesting to examine what it’s like to be a superhero in twilight, living under the weight of the exaggerations and truths of what’s been told and said about you.
“So all of those things lived in our universe – comic books, action figures, all of it. It’s all vintage in the future point of our movie, but it’s a kind of legacy that is both something, for some of the characters they’re proud, and for other characters it’s a kind of noose around their neck.”
Before you read his annotations, watch the trailer for yourself:
You can also watch the red-band trailer, which includes an extra few seconds at the end of a (justifiably) cranky Professor X dropping an F-bomb:
The official synopsis, from 20th Century Fox:
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X 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, being pursued by dark forces.
This is the final trailer, as Logan comes to theaters March 3.