To answer the question, no. Or yes. It depends upon whether you’re talking about the movie version or the comic book version. Unless you are still sleeping in that hole in the ground, you should know that the latest Wolverine movie installment has opened in the theaters and left all other movies in its dust, cranking in at no less than a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the popular movie review website.
The film, “Logan,” is loosely based on the “Old Man Logan” comics, yet it features the same version of the character famously played by Hugh Jackman in the “X-Men” movies. It is set in a pseudo future where nearly all X-men, or any other hero, are no longer present. However, this film does not truly represent the Logan of the Marvel comic books.
The original story that started this whole mess was the brainchild of acclaimed comics writer Mark Millar. “Old Man Logan” is a story set in the future where Wolverine has retired his hero persona and is married with kids. In a world where the U.S. government has been toppled by super villains who divvied up the country, Logan ends up on a quest to fix things. The story itself fell outside of continuity, and because it is set in a future world, the comic stands alone as a fun and entertaining read.
Several years ago, Marvel Comics folks decided killing Wolverine would make for a great story line. But, they did not want to miss the sales that the popular character represents, so they altered the Old Man Logan story to become an alternate timeline. That means that the future where he exists is not fated to be a certainty, but could be altered. (Shades of “Back to the Future,” for sure.) They then brought the Logan character into the present and sent him around to try make sure that his future in the Marvel Universe does not occur.
Although confusing, it represents some of Marvel’s more creative writing over the last several years. Here’s a recommended reading list for those who want to get caught up with the “Old Man Logan” stories.
• “Wolverine: Old Man Logan,” by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven
• “Secret Wars: Old Man Logan,” by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Andrea Sorrentino
• “Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Volume 1: Berzerker”
• “Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Volume 2: Bordertown”
• “Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Volume 3: The Last Ronin,” all three volumes by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino
Please visit your local comic book store if you want to find these or have more questions about Logan and Wolverine, X-Men, alternate universes, etc.