Wolverine isn’t the only member of X-Men


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By Managing Editor

Logan,” the third standalone Wolverine movie, will be the next addition to the “X-Men” franchise. The first trailer for the movie was released Oct. 20 and turns away from the direction of previous movies.

Taking place an unspecified number of years in the future, “Logan” once again stars Hugh Jackman as an older version of the title character. Patrick Stewart also reprises as the original Professor X.

With vague details, a strange choice of background music and a large number of wordless, meaningful stares between the two main characters, the trailer makes the upcoming movie look like a bummer.

Professor X is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, Wolverine’s powers are fading and there’s a little girl who needs their help. The trailer makes the movie seem more like a drama than the action-packed thrillers fans are used to. Though the story does come from an “Old Man Logan” comic book, it is an unnecessary addition to the franchise. The previous two Wolverine movies were disappointments that should have warned Marvel against doing another standalone movie for the character.

Though Wolverine is a staple of the “X-Men” movies and Jackman is the only actor to portray the same superhero for 16 years, there are other X-Men members who deserve their own shots at a solo film.

Jean Grey, Mystique, Storm, Cyclops, Rogue, Iceman and Nightcrawler all have major roles in one or more of the “X-Men” team movies but have not had a chance to completely tell their stories. 

Storm, the daughter of a Kenyan princess played by Halle Berry in the majority of the movies, took over leading Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as well as the X-Men after Professor X briefly died in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Despite her interesting and complicated background and powers, Storm’s largest role was in “X-Men: Apocalypse” when a young version of her, played by Alexandra Shipp, served as a sidekick to the movie’s antagonist En Sabah Nur. 

Gambit, who had a background role in the first standalone Wolverine movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” was going to get his own film starring Channing Tatum this year, but development was postponed, and the release has been pushed to an undisclosed date. It was announced in 2014 that Tatum would take on the lead role.

In addition to Gambit, an immense number of interesting mutants in the “X-Men” universe have only gotten a small stint on screen.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” introduced mutants previously seen in the comics such as Jubilee, Sunspot, Psylocke, Quicksilver and Blink. However, those characters weren’t given nearly enough screentime.

The failure of the previous Wolverine movies compared to the success of the larger team movies is an obvious indicator that a third starring Jackson is not needed. But, because the movie has already been made and Shadowcat isn’t around to send us back in time, Marvel needs to use its other interesting characters for future films.

Jackman has said he is done playing Wolverine after this movie. Let’s hope he keeps his promise.