It’s clear that the producers didn’t want to hassle with the continuity and intricacies of the X-Men universe, instead they chose to focus on Hugh Jackman’s most famous role: Wolverine. They wanted to write a script that perfectly suits Jackman/Logan, and by the first looks of it, they are going to succeed. Patrick Stewart makes an appearance as a key staple and beloved character, Charles Xavier aka Professor X. The girl, a now rare mutant, many presume to be X-23, Logan’s protégée in the comics.
I think it’s important that Wolverine gets the standalone film that he deserves. I felt X-Men Origins: Wolverine was decent for the most part (except Deadpool). Strike that, Deadpool ruined that whole movie. The Wolverine didn’t capture Logan’s grit and wasn’t memorable, I only watched it once. And, all these films had to carefully fit with in the X-Men universe. Until, X-Men: Days of Future Past said screw all of it. DoFP said any story continuity error or stretch is excusable because you have no idea what timeline it is (ya sucker). The whole timeline configuration, canon argument has me all out of sorts so I just let it roll off my back. Logan, however looks to simply shuffle past all that confusion to deliver a swan song (regardless of whatever timeline it may be).
Sidebar: I still don’t understand the timelines and DoFP and honestly, probably never will.
Many are talking about the choice to use the Johnny Cash song “Hurt,” which perfectly captures the rough road that Logan has traveled; Some are even saying it’s an ode to the Western. I definitely got the vibe that this Logan has seen some shit. I’m curious as to what happened to cause a grim defeated look on our hero. Looks like everyone is dead and Logan isn’t healing like he used to. The synopsis says mutants are dying out and that Xavier needs Logan’s help to protect a girl from becoming a weapon. Seems simple enough, no time travel or Gods, just a good old fashioned thrill ride.
The movie trailer doesn’t feel a superhero movie to me, and that’s fine. Part of the reason the superhero movie has taken off is not because of the flashy effects or action, but because they’re great stories. (Old Man) Logan, and overall Wolverine, is just another great piece of storytelling from the Marvel vault. I’m not sure how much will be drawn from the comics -- I assume very little, the comics are crazy messed up -- but the premise alone is enticing enough.