*This post contain potential spoilers for Logan, which will premiere on March 3rd, 2017.
The second #trailer for Logan, Hugh Jackman's last movie as #Wolverine, dropped on Thursday - and the fan theories have already arrived, as well as hidden #EasterEggs and many questions in regards to Logan's plot. From new characters to major plot points, lets breakdown what we might be seeing when Logan premieres on March 3rd.
A Brief History Of X-23 And The Weapon X Program
The Weapon X Program has been in the X-Men's on-screen universe since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and was recently brought up in #Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse.
X-23 is actually a clone of Logan, created in the Weapon X program using his DNA (much like Logan's DNA was used to 'create' Deadpool in the comics). Unlike Wolverine, #X23 A.K.A. Laura Kinney only has two claws in each hand but, surprisingly, one in each foot (though I doubt this will be put into the movie). She also, like Wolverine, has enhanced senses and an accelerated healing factor.
It's likely that the Weapon X program will be incorporated into the movie, and we'll see an escape from the facility soon after her completion, much in the same way that Wade Wilson broke out in Deadpool and Wolverine broke out in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This is somewhat confirmed by the appearance of Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice (below).
Dr. Rice was the main scientist behind the creation of X-23 and will supposedly feature heavily in the movie, though in a very behind-the-scenes fashion.
How Will Wolverine's Relationship With X-23 Play Out?
We know that Wolverine has troubles with relationships because he is practically immortal, meaning he outlives everyone and anyone he loves. This will be an interesting look at this problem, because Logan has lost his healing factor and X-23 is immortal.
This is a clever flip of the situation, and it will be interesting to see how Logan deals with it. As X-23 is also a clone of Wolverine, meaning he is effectively confronted with himself. This is a clever twist on the story and will put an interesting spin on the movie. Logan will obviously be taking a fatherly role in the relationship (shown by the way he teaches her what is okay and what's not okay). It also looks like Professor X will act as a Grandfather figure to Kinney.
The subtle nod in this first scene of the trailer to all previous X-Men films is Logan taking a cigar in the store (in every X-Men movie, Logan can be seen smoking at least one cigar) is clever and while being a nice little Easter Egg, this also shows how, though Logan would not refrain from using physical force to get something he wanted, he realizes that this is not okay and wants Laura to not make the mistakes he has made.
In the top right frame, we see some sort of family dinner, presumably with other mutants. I'm not sure how this will fit into the plot of the movie but will probably fall halfway and the scene will end with at least one of the characters getting killed in a raid by #TheReavers (more on them later).
I really like how X-23 would seem to have a similar fighting style to Wolverine (as can be seen in the middle right frame and in the forest fight scenes). They also act in a similar way, as can be seen in the middle left frame, with fairly similar expressions. In the bottom two frames and middle right frame, X-23 can be seen having a very Wolverine-like fight with one of The Reavers. This is a very interesting way to representing the cloning and relationship between X-23 and Wolverine.
The Uncanny X-Men
At the 31 second mark, Logan can be seen to be reading some of Laura's #XMen comics with Professor X and Laura. This means that someone has written comics, in the X-Men Universe, and told the stories of their battles. In the top left Logan can be seen to be holding a comic with Sauron, a pterodactyl-like creature, as the main villain. This could be some foreshadowing for the reboot/prequel timeline that we saw in X-Men: Apocalypse as a potential introduction of the villain to the universe (though I think this is unlikely because #Sauron is such a silly character). In the comics, Sauron is a 'victim' of experimental genetic engineering and this is probably a sort of nod to X-23 being a clone. This would bring connections to the #SavageLands stories, potentially introducing #MisterSinister (below) to the #XMenUniverse.
The comic that Logan is actually reading in the top right frame is a Chris Clermont era comic that is issue #132 of Uncanny X-Men. Inside this comic, you can see Wolverine sporting the classic black and yellow costume from the comics that has never been recreated in the films. This is probably not foreshadowing to a potential reincarnation of this costume in film, just artistic license used by the fictional comic artists. #132 of Uncanny X-Men is also the first appearance of #DonaldPierce (below).
Donald Pierce is often associated with both The Hellfire Club and The Reavers. He would seem to be taking the role of the leader of The Reavers. He is only human and therefore has no powers. He does, however, possess some currently thanks to cybernetic augmentation. Through these augmentations, he has obtained superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, reflexes, and psionic resistance. as you can see below, he does prefer to use firearms instead of engaging in hand to hand combat.
A Sandy Showdown
This showdown in the desert looks to be near the beginning of the movie, after Logan is taking care of Laura but before the help of the US government is called in by Zander Rice to help the Reavers hunt down X-23. It looks like X-23 could be captured by the Reavers after this fight but escapes last-minute to the car (as can be seen in the middle frame below). The fight scenes in the trailer so far have been well choreographed and well filmed and I am hoping this will be a consistency throughout the film - I imagine choreographing a fight scene for a crazy 9-year-old girl with adamantium claws against fully grown men with bionic limbs would be quite difficult. The scene shown in the middle left frame shows that X-23 has already had some sort of acquaintance with Pierce previously, probably as an authoritative figure in the Weapon X program.
The Road Warrior
Judging by the locations seen in the trailer (Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma), the movie will be following a sort of road trip or chase from the Reavers trying to capture X-23. I think the chase will start in Mexico or South Texas and move north to outside Oklahoma City throughout the film, with a gradually growing group of military troops and Reavers.
The Reavers And The Hellfire Club
The Reavers are a private military organization created and funded by the Hellfire Club. The members have been cybernetically enhanced into cyborg enforcers (as can be seen in the above picture). Pierce looks like he could be the leader of the group in this movie and few changes look to be being made (other than the lack of tank-centaur, not necessarily being a bad thing). They are dedicated to wiping mutants off the face of the earth. In this film, however, it seems like they will be a government-run organisation dedicated to hunting down rogue Weapon X experiments.
In the comics, The Hellfire Club began in England as a social club for the British social elite and wealthy in the 1760's as a way to provide its members with pleasures that often defied the moral standards of the time and to allow members to consolidate their influence over British economic and political matters. At some point, a handful of the most powerful members moved to America and began a branch in major cities around the USA and the world. The purpose of the #HellfireClub is to obtain and exert power through politics and economic influence instead of outward conquest and domination. Pierce, a previous member of the club, founded The Reavers and the club funded their mutant hunting efforts. It is unclear as to whether the Club will appear in this film but it is a distinct possibility.
A Fight In The Forest
This fight will probably take place at the end of the move and will act as a final showdown between The Reavers and X-23 and Wolverine. As can be seen in the top two frames, this fight takes place after Wolverine's relationship with X-23 has grown and they are working as a team. It also looks like he might have trained her on how to fight using her powers to the full. This fight looks like it will be incredibly gory but well choreographed. The bottom right frame, however, does bring up some questions. If Wolverine's healing factor is gone, how will he recover from this situation? Will this be the end of Wolverine? If so will X-23 replace him as a consistently returning character?
Possible Plot Points
I think that the movie will start with Wolverine and X-23 hiding out with Professor X in southern Texas. When they are tracked down by The Reavers, however, they are forced to hit the road. In their chase from The Reavers, they hide out at a friendly mutant's home (potentially the house in the picture below) and their relationship grows. This dinner will be intruded upon by The Reavers and one of the mutants, potentially Professor X will die. #PatrickStewart's Professor X will either die here or on the road later and will be buried at the end of the movie with a full, civilised funeral, in safety from The Reavers.
As the Reavers get help from the government and Zander Rice is called in, the chase speeds up and the steaks rise. When they get to an area near Oklahoma City, a fully blown showdown will take place in the forests.
Potential Problems And Questions
If Wolverine has lost his healing factor, how do his hands heal after he uses his claws (as you can see he has done in Trailer #1 or the frame on the right)? Also, as you can see in the frame on the left, X-23 already has adamantium-infused bone claws. This means that she will not be able to grow. I am curious to see how this will be dealt with in the movie. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Be sure to check out my trailer breakdowns for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or my post on Why Iron Man Will Die in 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Also, please check out my movie/book review blog at Readers of the Lost Arc.