Creepy New "Logan" Photo Teases Marvel Comics Mutant Caliban

Monday, 17 October 2016 - 1:02PM
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Monday, 17 October 2016 - 1:02PM
Creepy New "Logan" Photo Teases Marvel Comics Mutant Caliban
We've been getting a steady stream of clues from James Mangold, the director of the upcoming Wolverine movie Logan, from storyboards to eerie black and white photos. So far, it seems like the plot will revolve around Logan and an aging Professor X taking a roadtrip across America in 2024, when mutant birthrates have plummeted. Accompanying them is (probably) a young X-23, a girl with powers similar to Logan. So far, it looks like X-23 will be mentored by Logan and Xavier, hence the child's hand grasping Wolverine's giant clawed mitts in the movie poster. Today, though, we got another piece of the puzzle.

Meet Caliban, played by Stephen Merchant:



Caliban is one of the lesser-known mutants from the X-Men universe, but in most iterations he appears as an albino with the power to track other mutants. In the comics, he was usually portrayed as a lonely, scavenging resident of Manhattan's sewers until he joined the Morlocks, a group of mutants who rejected surface society and lived instead in secret government tunnels underneath New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Caliban's appearance in Logan is unexpected, especially since the movie seems to be basing itself off of the Old Man Logan storyline, but it makes perfect sense in context: part of the story is speculated to involve either rescuing X-23 from Project X (the same mutant weapons program that created Logan) or trying to find a safe haven for mutants in a world where they've either gone into hiding or disappeared from the public eye.

Even if you're not familiar with Stephen Merchant, you may recognize his voice—he played Wheatley in the immensely popular video game Portal 2. Now, in ghostly white make-up and apparently wearing contacts, he looks similar to Calendar Man from Batman's The Long Halloween. Though not immediately intimidating, it should be remembered that Caliban once became a fanged beast similar to Sabretooth when the mutant Apocalypse changed his genetic code. It looks like we'll be seeing the underground loner version, but either way, his ability to track mutants is probably going to play a big role in Logan.

Logan is set to release in US theaters on March 3rd, 2017.
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