MOVIE NEWS – New details are slowly revealed about the third and final Wolverine movie. Director James Mangold showed our first glimpse at actor Stephen Merchant as the mutant Caliban in this latest superhero flick, arriving in theaters March 3, but now we have another glimpse at this character. Stephen Merchant himself took to social media to reveal a new Caliban photo.
Stephen Merchant posted a new picture on Instagram today, along with the caption, “How I spent my summer.” The first photo posted by James Mangold only showcased the actor’s bald cranium, but this photo shows us a glimpse at his costume, and we can see a hat with a bandana covering Caliban’s face. According to recent plot rumors, Caliban’s task is to help Hugh Jackman’s Logan take care of Professor X, who has become critically ill and sometimes even forgets who Logan is. The actor joined the cast of Wolverine 3 in April, together with Richard E. Grant, whose character has yet to be confirmed.
According to earlier plot rumors story is set in the year 2024, when mutant births are in a sharp decrease. The government doesn’t have any answers as to why this is happening either. There is apparently a “government-type program” named Transigen, which is “turning mutant children into killing machines,” which supposedly ties into a young girl we’ve seen in previous set photos, who is maybe the mutant clone X-23. This girl has previously been seen in set photos alongside Hugh Jackman, but her character’s identity was never revealed. Many believed that X-23 would surface after the X-Men: Apocalypse post-credits sequence, where a character is seen taking a vial of Wolverine’s blood, since, in the comics, X-23 was created as a Wolverine clone.
The official poster for Logan only added more fuel to the rumors of X-23’s presence, since the poster showed Wolverine’s clawed hand grasping the hand of a young girl, which many believe belongs to X-23, a.k.a. Laura Kinney. While the identity of the girl whose hand Logan waiting to be confirmed, still sources claim that she is a young mutant, but they wouldn’t specify whether it’s X-23 or not. Regardless of who this young girl turns out to be, the story is said to be much darker than any of the previous X-Men or Wolverine movies.
Rumors stated long before the poster and the recent plot rumors surfaced, that this film is to be based on the Old Man Logan comics. The most recent rumors assert that Logan is growing sick, causing his powers to fade, and sometimes, he doesn’t even fully heal from his injuries. Director James Mangold even posted a script page that revealed that Logan has turned to booze to ease his pain, which isn’t terribly surprising since he is often seen drinking in the X-Men and Wolverine movies, with this report adding that he “looks bad” and “drinks a lot.” For work, Logan has landed a job driving a Chrysler 300 limousine, which would explain the limousine seen in early set photos, riddled with bullet holes. Take a look at the latest Logan photo below, featuring a better look at Caliban.
Taken w/ Leica S 007 Summicron 100mm, ISO 1600 1/250 ƒ2 — by JM pic.twitter.com/8P3s5Mdruo
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 17, 2016