The final trailer for Logan, expected to be the last installment in the Hugh Jackman-starring Wolverine movie series, is awesome for a lot of reasons. It’s mostly great because we get to see more of Laura, the mysterious little girl who comes into Logan’s life after a fateful visit from an ailing Professor Xavier. She shoplifts some sunglasses, eats a can of Pringles without paying for them, nearly stabs a convenience store clerk, gives the bad guys the business, and we find out she’s a fan of X-Men comics.
That’s right, X-Men comics are confirmed to exist in the X-Men movie universe! So, that’s a thing that’s sure to thrill fans.
Logan flips through a couple of issues while talking to Laura at Professor X’s bedside. “We’ve got ourselves an X-Men fan,” he says. “Maybe a quarter of it happened,” he observes before adding,”And not like this.”
So, what’s the deal with those comics? Upon close inspection, keen-eyed readers will notice that they aren’t real issues — they appear to be mocks created especially for the movie. Joe Quesada and Dan Panosian did the pencil work, and Dan Panosian also did the color and ink work. Let’s take a closer look…
The first issue Logan flips through — the one with the purple cover — depicts X-Men villain Sauron (not the Lord of the Rings character, obviously), from the Savage Land. He’s shown doing battle with Wolverine and Storm. Sauron, in the comics, is a man-turned-pteranodon who occasionally terrorizes man and mutant-kind.
So, if these in-universe X-Men comics depict (highly) fictionalized versions of events that (sometimes) happened in the movie world, could that mean that Sauron, an actual freaking dinosaur, is “real”? Probably not. Remember, Logan says only “a quarter” of the things really happened. If taken literally, there’s a 25% chance.
See that blue bar at the top that reads “X-Men Comics Group”? If this were a real-world X-Men comic, it would say “Marvel Comics Group” there. Other random observations: Gambit’s face is in the corner box, and the style of this cover art seems to most closely reflect early ’80s-era X-Men.
A look inside shows more modern X-Men art and a fan-favorite character, Rogue, in peril…
Here we have a few interior comics panels with art that feels more modern. The pages seem to show Storm, Rogue, and Wolverine making their way through some treacherous terrain. Rogue takes a plunge in a landslide, but is saved by Wolverine.
There’s another comic cover in the trailer that may hint at the death of a key member of the X-Men team. Could it show Storm’s funeral?
Here’s Logan looking at the cover of another issue which is less easy to see, but seems to show Wolverine, Professor X, and three other members of the group dressed in dark suits. Based on what they’re wearing and their mournful body language, it’s a good guess this could be the funeral of one of the X-Men. We already know that most of the members of the team are gone by the time Logan takes place, so this could be something that actually happened in the movie universe. Storm appears in the corner box. Could this issue be about Storm’s death?
We don’t know the answer yet, but we’re sure to learn more about these fun prop X-Men comics and the in-universe events they may or may not depict by the time Logan hits theaters on March 3.