Wolverine is a more salt-of-the-earth character than any in Marvel Studio’s stable. This lets the character go places others cannot go.  He’s deep, he’s old, and he’s extremely complex. When you watch Hugh Jackman in this trailer, delivering another fine performance, you begin to realize that the Wolverine is sort of like Johnny Cash with claws. He’s an outsider, doesn’t play well with others, he’s moody without being broody, and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The upcoming movie Logan will be the Wolverine’s eighth appearance on the silver screen, and none of these traits are lost. Logan is an old man now, covered with scars from injuries that his now faltering healing factor couldn’t completely cope with.

And now Professor Xavier, played by Patrick Stuart, has brought Logan a little girl with whom the adamantium-reinforced loner has a great deal in common. And by “a great deal”, we mean she’s his female clone.

In this unsettling possible future, all the mutants are gone. Cerebro is in ruins. So is much of the world, thanks to a marauding corporation led by Nathaniel Essex. Professor Xavier is so old that he’s starting to suffer from memory loss, and it’s the three of them against the world.

The synchronicity between Logan and Johnny Cash is firmly underscored by the use of the Johnny Cash song Hurt, which was originally written about the pain in a drug addict’s life. The lyrics, however, seem to fit Logan far better.

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Doris Morgado as Maria, Logan’s clone, and hits the big screen on March 3, 2017. Mark the date.

And watch this space.