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The revelation that Logan will feature Donald Pierce as the movie’s villain is an interesting one, because of the various questions it raises about Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Fox’s favorite mutant superhero. Here are just five of them.
What Does Pierce Want?
In comic book lore, Pierce is an insane bigot full of self-loathing — he’s part-cyborg, for reasons that have never been fully explained, and seems to have a lot of issues regarding his cybernetic status. He simply wants to eradicate the mutant race because … he’s an insane bigot. Really, there’s not a lot of motivation there, although some was later added when he became particularly obsessed with Wolverine because the two had previously fought. Will the movie manage to build in a believable motivation for the villain, or simply rely on his base hatred?
Does This Mean There Will Be Reavers?
Arguably the most interesting thing about Pierce in the comics is that he made a team of villains who were just like him. The Reavers, who debuted in 1989’s Uncanny X-Men No. 248, are literally a collection of cyborgs whose only connection is a mutual hate for mutants and particularly Wolverine. They were actually the second team in X-Men lore to go by that name, featuring three members of the first incarnation of the group, as well as Lady Deathstrike — who has already appeared onscreen in 2003’s X2: X-Men United — and three former Hellfire Club goons. Will movie audiences get to see a group of half-men, half-machines take on Logan next year, or will Pierce work alone?
Where Is The Hellfire Club?
The comic book Pierce made his first appearance in 1980’s Uncanny X-Men No. 130 as a member of the Hellfire Club, the somewhat vaguely evil secret society created as a homage to the British Avengers TV series of the 1960s. (Donald Pierce is himself a homage; he was inspired by Donald Sutherland, and named for a combination of the actor and his M*A*S*H* character, Hawkeye Pierce.) We’ve seen the Hellfire Club in the movies already, in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, with no Pierce present. Given that Logan seems to take place at some undisclosed future time with an aged Wolverine, will Pierce be heading up a next-gen Hellfire Club of some sort…?
How Much of a Continuity Piece Will Logan Be?
As if the references to concepts that have appeared in X2 and X-Men: First Class aren’t enough, there’s a third X-Men movie connection to be made, because Donald Pierce also happens to be the villain of Marvel Graphic Novel No. 4, aka the first appearance of the New Mutants. With that X-Men spinoff preparing for its own movie with Josh Boone in the director’s chair, could Pierce’s appearance here end up being setup for a new franchise to follow?
Whatever Happened to Mister Sinister?
Perhaps the most obvious question about Pierce being the main villain of Logan is, simply, how does this fit with the post-credit sequence tease in X-Men: Apocalypse that was supposed to tie in with Logan? Will audiences get to see Mister Sinister at all, or will he remain a behind-the-scenes presence until a future X-Men movie somewhere down the line? Perhaps, in addition to genetic experimentation, he’ll have a sideline in creating cyborgs for his movie incarnation.
Logan will be released March 3, 3017.
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