Marvel is well known for its large Multiverse and varying storylines/timelines concerning characters. Turns out, Logan is no exception to this.
Director James Mangold has confirmed a timeline for this new addition to the X-Men franchise, citing 2029 as the year and setting, 5-6 years after the events in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Yet if it’s such a short gap in time from then to now, why do Wolverine and Professor X look so aged? How could so much have happened in such a short time?
The forthcoming answer is simple: the events of the newest movie take place in another universe altogether. It will be a different timeline and slightly different place in the Multiverse, set apart from other X-Men franchise films. A dramatic shift in age and exhaustion levels becomes much more understandable, as does allusions to mutants in hiding with the X-Men possibly defeated, Wolverine‘s powers failing him.
As a story that takes place in another universe, Logan now has a wide berth to change the story drastically. Events that occured in the rest of the universe may simply have never happened in this timeline , or happened differently, bringing other outcomes and events. Things we take for granted in regards to X-Men might not be as certain here.
This is also set to be Hugh Jackman‘s last film as Wolverine. Nine times he has played everyone’s favorite adamantium skeleton bearing mutant. In an interview with DigitalSpy, he talked about the feel of the new feature. “When you see the full movie you’ll understand…Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”
That being said, it’s exciting to see what universe Marvel and the director have created for us. With a more mature rating than previous films featuring Wolverine and a blank canvas for storytelling (or at least more so than previous films), there is great potential for an amazing movie. I guess we’ll all find out together when Logan is released on March 3rd of this year.