Mark Millar Talks ‘Wolverine 3’, Old Man Logan, and “Boring” Comicbook Continuity

     September 28, 2015


Hugh Jackman will next be seen as the pirate Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s Pan, but a familiar character waits for him in an upcoming film: the Untitled Wolverine Sequel which has been rumored to be following “Old Man Logan”, the eight-issue Marvel Comics storyline from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven. Millar has been heavily involved with the comics industry throughout his career, but the last five years or so have seen him pairing up with studios for big-screen adaptations of his work. So while he’s obviously an expert on the source material, sometimes his comments veer more toward the hypothetical than the factual.

With that in mind, we bring you Millar’s latest chat on the topic of Jackman’s next Wolverine movie, the potential for it being an “Old Man Logan” storyline, and the way 20th Century Fox could get around the inability to use Marvel’s characters outside of the X-Men. Purists of the “Old Man Logan” storyline may not be too pleased with Millar’s suggestions, but the general public would likely never know the difference.

Check out what Millar said regarding “Old Man Logan” in this interview with IGN:

Let’s take a look at Millar’s comments bit by bit. He didn’t go so far as confirming that the next Wolverine would, in fact, follow “Old Man Logan”, but he did give a wink and a nod toward Jackman’s Comic-Con comments in which the actor said those exact three words. What’s more important is Millar’s interpretation of that storyline without the other Marvel characters, leaving Fox with an altered version that’s populated completely by characters in the X-Men universe. Here’s what Millar had to say about the untouchable Marvel heroes and villains:

“They’re not important to the story. The way I worked that thing is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically – I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later. Basically Wolverine doing The Road movie is the important thing and he has a friend [a blind Hawkeye] with him. But that friend could be Cyclops and he could be blind by the fact that his ruby-quartz visor is broken and he has to keep his eyes closed the whole time and everything, but still insists on driving the car they’re crossing America with. There’s lots of stuff. Instead of the Hulk, you could have the Blob or something.”

If we’re sticking with the current universe of Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies, then a Wolverine/Cyclops road trip would, for one thing, have to take place in an alternate timeline in which Scott Summers is still alive, and for another, would be a darkly comic dysfunctional buddy road trip. I’m down for that. Substituting the Blob for the Hulk, however is … probably not what Marvel fans want to hear. Millar doesn’t really seem to care.

mark-millar-old-man-logan“Honestly, the continuity stuff is the most boring side of it. I kind of like it, keeping it in the X-Men universe a little, too, because comic fans are different from the mainstream world. I know this stuff backwards because I’ve lived my whole life loving this stuff, but most people don’t know all the minutia and everything so I think keeping it simplified and keeping it generally X-Men universe is a smarter thing to do.”

So essentially, in Millar’s view, an “Old Man Logan” movie would be more like an X-Men film that just happens to center on Logan. It makes sense considering legal restrictions the studio is bound by, and as someone who’s only superficially aware of the “Old Man Logan” comics, it wouldn’t bother me all that much. But it’s important to keep in mind that this might just be Millar’s take on the whole project, not necessarily one that Fox is going to run with. We’ll just have to wait and see until some more substantial information makes its way into the world.

Reliability aside, what do you think about Millar’s take on Fox’s possible “Old Man Logan” movie? Greenlight his version or scrap it entirely? Let us know in the comments!

And for more on Jackman’s next Wolverine picture, check out some of our recent coverage below:


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