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LOGAN Doesn’t Fit Into the X-MEN Universe, Plus Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison

LOGAN Doesn’t Fit Into the X-MEN Universe, Plus Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison

Happy Monday, my fellow Movie Morselers! Let’s get this work week started with the most intriguing news we’ve yet heard about Hugh Jackman’s final movie as Wolverine — Logan. Plus, a casting update for Black Panther, a first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War, and lots more to make your Monday just a little merrier. But first!

Logan

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Snikt! So it turns out that Logan might not be the final word on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine—at least not in the X-Men universe we’ve come to know on the big screen. In a new interview with Digital Spy, the actor reveals that “When you see the full movie you’ll understand… Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”

“It’s a standalone movie in many ways,” adds Jackman. “It’s not really beholden to timelines and storylines in the other movies. Obviously Patrick Stewart was in there so we have some crossover but it feels very different and very fresh. [Following the timelines] becomes a chess game that you try to serve, which actually doesn’t help to tell a story and it’s sort of been a bit all over the place. I’m not critical of it—X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there’d be another and there were different directors different offshoots.”

[Digital Spy]

Black Panther

Another Marvel movie veteran has signed on to appear in Black Panther! Captain America: Civil War‘s Martin Freeman will show up again as Everett Ross, the Deputy Task Force commander of the Joint Counter Terrorist Center. Marvel readers who follow the Panther’s adventures will be especially happy to hear this, since Ross is a frequent ally of the King of Wakanda in the comics, providing yet more evidence of how faithful the film may be to the medium from which it sprang.

[Twitter]

The Current War

Speaking of Marvel… While Doctor Strange was a lot of fun, do you folks wanna see what Benedict Cumberbatch will look like the next time he speaks with an American accent? Then check out the image below, which gives us our first look at the Batch as legendary inventor Thomas Alva Edison in The Current War. And for even more fun, check out the video below that one industrious student shot while one of of the film’s scenes was being lensed at their school!

[Twitter]

Suicide Squad

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Since the final cut of this summer’s critically derided but commercially successful Suicide Squad went not to its director David Ayer but to the folks who edited its much ballyhooed trailer, it’s not at all surprising that Ayer is a bit dissatisfied with the end product. Now Ayer is explaining the details of his dissatisfaction. The most interesting tidbit is that he would have preferred the Joker, and not the Enchantress, to be the film’s principal antagonist.

[Twitter]

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Finally today, Al Gore’s sequel to his award-winning documentary about climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, had its premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. And with so many climate change deniers moving into Washington right now, An Inconvenient Sequel couldn’t be arriving at a better time. Here’s a clip from the film featuring the former Vice President himself:

[Paramount Pictures]

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