For a long time, the rumors were persistent that Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine would be inspired by the Old Man Logan comics by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. It never made a ton of sense to me, unless the only bit of inspiration taken from it was the name (similar to Age of Ultron). Too many of the players in that comic are off the board due to rights issues (Hulks, Hawkeye, Abomination, Red Skull, and on and on) that to even try to make something off that, it would be in name only.
No, it’s clear that Weapon X HAS to be the end of Logan’s story. Just like in the Death of Wolverine storyline from a couple of years back, it just feels right to end it back where it began. Which is why I was confused when people seemed surprised or taken aback at the title. I mean, it doesn’t seem like a huge stretch, after DOFP we’ve seen that despite their meddling in the past, Professor X and Logan are both alive and still doing the Xavier school thing in the future, so it’s not like anybody dies after X-Men: Apocalypse. They could fit in part of OML here – Logan could’ve ‘put away’ his claws and started living a somewhat normal life when he and the Professor discover what I assume to be Weapon X cloning him (perhaps with Mister Sinister’s help). Cue the ‘one last time!’ adventure where they rescue X-23 and conveniently set up a teen girl Wolverine to join the X-Men in the next team movie.
The Wolverine continuity *was* fixed, more or less, after Days of Future Past, so this all works. Any continuity issues that remain in the X-Men movies (and boy do they still exist) are mostly the fault of Singer’s movies. How are the same actors supposed to keep playing these characters if you keep jumping 10 years forward in time? “Wow, Moira hasn’t aged a day!” only works for so long. The strange age difference for Cyclops and Havok. Teen Jean having a moment with Wolverine. I know Wolverine may not remember, but should Xavier address Mystique abandoning Logan to Weapon X for what, ten years? I thought she might be ruthless enough to let them take him and get the Adamantium bonded to his skeleton, but to leave him there? That’s cold, considering she was rescuing mutants, just not him.
I’ll be looking forward to more Wolverine/Weapon X information as it comes. My one nerdy hope is that he wears the suit at least once (that’s fan art above).