Hugh Jackman’s upcoming retirement party-cum-cinematic event keeps getting weirder.
After a period of complete and total silence that stretched through the majority of the movie’s shooting schedule, Fox are now throwing around promotional photos and plot details with a peculiar ferocity that makes it seem like the head of marketing suddenly noticed the movie’s Spring 2017 release date and started panicking.
According to new reports, the movie is going to be grim, gritty, and somber in a way that’s never been seen before in the X-Men movie universe.
And then there’s this guy...
Posted by the movie’s official ‘WponX’ Instagram account, this movie still appears to show a really upset guy on prom night.
Huh? What vital contextual clues are missing from this photo that would make this in any way fit in with the story of a grizzled, aging superhero who finds himself defending his own clone from the forces of scientific evil?
Is this guy X-23’s creepy teenage boyfriend? Did he get lost and wander on-set while trying to find his way to Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Or, is he, as some commenters suggest, an iconic Marvel supervillain that will play a pivotal role in the movie.
That’s possible. After all, this guy’s flamboyant suit does bear some resemblance to the outfit traditionally worn by the villainous comic book character, Arcade.
Arcade? Seriously, Fox? Here’s hoping this is not the studio’s big plan.
For those fortunate enough to not have heard of Arcade, his evil supervillain plan is pretty simple: he wants to run a funfair.
Yep, that’s it. At one point, he captures the X-Men and puts them in what he affectionately calls ‘Murderworld’, a special theme park filled with deadly traps.
Well, deadly in theory. In practice, Arcade isn’t exactly Jigsaw from the Saw franchise.
Considering that the poorly named Murderworld is slightly less difficult to escape from than the X-Men’s own Danger Room, the villain has never really posed much of a threat, and it’s a wonder he keeps showing up in the comics when there are so many better ideas out there.
Basically, imagine The Joker if he wasn’t remotely scary, and never actually murdered anyone. Slap a big curly orange wig on this image, and you’ve got Arcade.
If Fox is genuinely going the Arcade route with Logan, we might as well give up all hope of another decent X-Men movie.
It’s finished, we’re done.
All the good ideas have already been adapted, and Marvel’s sneaky plan to cut off Fox’s supply of new characters has worked.
Let’s all just cross our fingers and hope that Logan features a tacked-on subplot in which he chaperones a prom. That kind of stupidity would be vastly preferable to a cinematic Arcade.