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Hugh Jackman’s last ride as the berserking mutant with adamantium claws, Wolverine, is almost upon us. That film, Logan, hits theatres on March 3 of this year and, as promised by director James Mangold, will feature the most grounded take on the character yet. In fact, audiences who were treated to the first 40 minutes of the film last month loved it, saying that they felt like this was a Logan they could meet on the streets.

We’ve known for some time now that the film takes place in a somewhat dystopian future with Logan watching over Professor X (Patrick Stewart), only to have their life turned upside-down when a girl, Laura, shows up and apparently has powers similar to Logan’s.

Well, now we have a new synopsis, more succinct, to give us a better idea of what to expect in the film. The synopsis was posted to Hugh Jackman’s twitter earlier today and reads”

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

While we don’t learn too much more about what’s going on, we do get a couple new pieces to dissect. First of all, they specify that Logan and Xavier are close to the Mexican border. This doesn’t give us too much to play with except that they are doing their best to stay very remote. The more interesting piece of this is their use of the word “legacy.” This could mean a few different things for the character.

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They could mean “legacy” in that he’s spent his entire life as the perfect killing machine and he’s trying to stay away from that. Many times, in the comics, we’ve seen Logan try to leave that life behind, turn away from it and wash the blood from his hands, but something always happens to pull him right back in to it.

In the comic story, Old Man Logan, a cabal of supervillains tricked Wolverine into a heinous and awful string of murders. Despite the role of the villains in tricking Wolverine into the killings, he never forgave himself, blaming his murderous, “stab first” nature for the deaths. It’s entirely possible an event similar to this unfolds in the film and Logan is running from that.

Lastly, it’s possible “legacy” refers to Weapon-X and their use of his mutant healing genes to create armies of berserking killers. Weapon-X has always figured prominently in Wolverine’s stories, so it’s possible that they are referring to this, in which case the appearance of Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) — literally a clone of him created to take his place — would be just about the worst thing possible for Logan.

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