Hugh Jackman is going to play Wolverine one last time. At the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, he suggested his final go-around with the character may be based off the “Old Man Logan” storyline.
That…would be a great send-off for the character actually. Too bad they can’t make a particularly faithful adaptation.
The original story, written by Mark Millar with artwork by Steven McNiven, featured an older Logan, no longer Wolverine, as he tries to keep a small farm going to provide for his family, a wife and two kids. Something happened to him ages ago, and he appears to be among the handful of superheroes to survive the bad guys finally banding together and taking out all the heroes.
If that sounds familiar, that’s the same basic thing that happened in Millar’s comic book version of Wanted.
Logan, meanwhile, is haunted by some incident from his past and an attempted suicide (it didn’t take) as a result of that incident, and like some Wild West hero, he promised his wife he’d never pop the claws again.
Then, in the comic version mind you, Hawkeye shows up on his doorstep looking to make one last big score and he needs Logan to ride along and help since he’s kinda blind.
Logan agrees, largely because the Hulk Clan, inbred Hulks, just demanded a ton of rent money he doesn’t have or they’ll kill his family. That sounds a lot like Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven actually. Only, you know, with more Hulks.
So, Clint and Logan travel across a devastated United States run by supervillains, and eventually, you know the claws have gotta pop.
But this storyline heavily features characters like the Hulk, Hawkeye, and cameos from the likes of the Red Skull, a Venom symbiote attached to a T-Rex, a harmless Ultron, and Black Bolt. Fox doesn’t have the rights for those guys, so I have to wonder what they’re going to do instead.
I still haven’t mustered the interest to see The Wolverine all the way through, but I will admit this one has caught my attention.