Last week Fox kicked off the Logan — formally known as Wolverine 3 — marketing campaign with the title and a teaser poster. Though the film’s plot was wrapped in secrecy, unconfirmed details said that Logan’s healing factor was deteriorating and that the aged mutant was using booze to numb the pain. What we do know is that the film will be based on the “Old Man Logan” story arc written by Mark Millar.
However, it was thought that Mr. Sinister would be the villain of the film given an Essex Corp briefcase was last seen in the facility that gave Logan his metal claws during an after credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse. Now it appears that Mr. Sinister may not be the main villain, as a new photo has emerged that confirms Boyd Holbrook plays Donald Pierce. More on the story below.
The announcement was made on the film’s official Instagram page, wponx. Do you like the nod to the government research facility? Anyways, the post has one simple caption: “Pierce.” Of course, that could be any number of characters tied to the Marvel universe. But just in case you don’t now, Donald Pierce is a human cyborg with a metal arm and is a common enemy to the X-Men. He is a high-ranking member of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Now it’s not clear if this Pierce will have a metal arm like his comic book counterpart, and it’s hard to see if he is sporting one because of the angle of the shot. Given how films aren’t always direct adaptations of their source material, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pierce was just little bit different. Just looking at the photo tells me that he isn’t a snappy dresser like he is in the comics.
But now that Pierce is confirmed to be a villain, what does that mean for Mr. Sinister? In the X-Men: Apocalypse commentary, director Bryan Singer did say that they vampiric villain would be in Logan. His signature last name was also seen on a briefcase in the film, so there is a small hint to that as well. Rumors have also tied Richard E. Grant to the role, though that has yet to be confirmed. Given the character’s history to immoral mutant experimentation and the film’s rumored plot that shadowy government operation called “Transigen” is turning mutant children into “killing machines,” it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Mr. Sinister had some sort of role. Whether it is a pivotal role or one that bridges the gap to another X-Men movie remains to be seen.
Patrick Stewart and Stephen Merchant also star.
Logan opens in theaters on March 3, 2017.