Hugh Jackman has fans just about all the Wolverine fans out there convinced that his final Wolverine movie will be using the incredibly popular Old Man Logan story line. There’s one glaring problem with that belief, FOX doesn’t own the movie rights to a ton of the characters that appeared in that comic book story. Mark Miller, the writer of Old Man Logan and FOX’s Comic Book Movie consultant has some things to say about that. How would he get around that problem?This is how the series opens:
No one knows what happened on the night the heroes fell. All we know is that they disappeared and evil triumphed and the bad guys have been calling the shots ever since. What happened to Wolverine is the biggest mystery of them all. Some say they hurt him like no one ever hurt before. Others say he just grew tired of all the fighting and retired to a simpler life. Either way he hasn’t raised his voice or popped his claws in fifty years. His old friends would barely recognize him now.
You see the villains won, and things are now pretty bleak for anyone that isn’t a super villain. They’ve carved up the world into little kingdoms.
When Wolverine’s old friend Hawkeye shows up driving the Spider-Mobile asking for help, Wolverine reluctantly agrees. As they travel across America they go through Lair of the Creel Gang, the Lizard King, Paste Pot Creek, Hammer Falls, Osborn City, the Kingdom of the Kingpin, and Doom’s Lair. Throw in the Hulk and his brood, the area in which Wolverine and his family live and you’ve got a ton of characters that FOX can’t really use on the big screen.
How does Mark Miller propose to handle this problem about character rights?
They’re not important to the story. The way I worked that thing is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically – I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later. Basically Wolverine doing The Road movie is the important thing and he has a friend [a blind Hawkeye] with him. But that friend could be Cyclops and he could be blind by the fact that his ruby-quartz visor is broken and he has to keep his eyes closed the whole time and everything, but still insists on driving the car they’re crossing America with. There’s lots of stuff. Instead of the Hulk, you could have the Blob or something.
Honestly, the continuity stuff is the most boring side of it. I kind of like it, keeping it in the X-Men universe a little, too, because comic fans are different from the mainstream world. I know this stuff backwards because I’ve lived my whole life loving this stuff, but most people don’t know all the minutia and everything so I think keeping it simplified and keeping it generally X-Men universe is a smarter thing to do.
Hmm, that does have possibilities. Although all of us would rather have the characters that appeared in the comic match those on the big screen, replacing them with equivalent X-Men or FOX movie rights characters could work.
We already know that Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is going to be in Wolverine 3, Could he be the driver and sub for Hawkeye? Perhaps Professor X might play the big villain in the Red Skull’s place. While a lot of people are considering which X-Men characters might be substituted, why not consider the Fantastic Four?
FOX owns their movie rights, That means Doom is available, the Thing could fill in for the Hulk, Reed for Red Skull, Heck, Johnny Storm could sub for Hawkeye. Miller is correct that there are plenty of other characters that FOX has the movie rights to that can be slipped in to any of the comic book roles.
What do you think? Which characters would you use for the Old Man Logan roles?
There’s still plenty of time until the March 3rd opening for Wolverine 3 in 2017.