For his final run as everybody's favorite stabby canucklehead, it looks like Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman may be looking to distance the upcoming Logan from past X-Men films. In an interview with espionage-themed pop culture site Digital Spy, Jackman said:
When you see the full movie you'll understand. Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it's a slightly different universe. It's actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.
Like DC handling Batman's continuity after the Nu52 reboot, however, Jackman seems unwilling to commit to the movie being set in a completely alternate universe:
It's a stand alone movie in many ways. It's not really beholden to time lines and story lines in the other movies. Obviously Patrick Stewart was in there so we have some crossover but it feels very different and very fresh.
But will it cross over with Stewart's role as the poop emoji in Emoji Movie?
As for the reason, Jackman points to the same complaints comic book fans have had about complex and shoddy continuity for years:
[Following the timelines] becomes a chess game that you try to serve, which actually doesn't help to tell a story and it's sort of been a bit all over the place. I'm not critical of it – X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there'd be another and there were different directors different off shoots.
Logan hits theaters in March.