Logan- Who is the Kid in the Wolverine 3 Poster?


So the first poster for Wolverine 3 just dropped, and it revealed the title of the film to simply be Logan. You can read more about that here. But one of the biggest questions walking away from this poster is... who is the kid gripping Logan's (Hugh Jackman) hand? So in this article, I'm going to break down the possibilities of who the character could be. 

Daken


Daken is the son of Wolverine, who was conceived in Japan with Logan's love, Mariko. In the comics, when Logan left Japan, he was unaware of Mariko's pregnancy. She gave birth, and Daken grew up hating his father. He then traveled to the United States, where he repeatedly tried to take on his father and kill him. Daken's biggest comic presence was as a member of the Dark Avengers, which formed when Norman Osborn (the Green Goblin) became the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Osborn brought on known criminals to mimic the Avengers. For example, Bullseye was brought on to be Hawkeye, and Venom was brought on to be Spider-Man. In the same fashion, Daken was brought on to be Wolverine. Daken's abilities are mostly the same as Wolverine's-- claws, healing factor, tracking abilities. But he does have a unique ability, in that he is able to mess with people's emotions using pheromones. He can't directly control what people do, but he can make them feel angry or sad, and that can influence their actions to his advantage. 

Daken is my top choice for who this kid is. First of all, they already covered the Japan storyline in the last film, The Wolverine. Logan went to Japan. He met Mariko (Tao Okamoto). And we saw that they did have sex. So that could naturally lead into this film, where Logan learns he has a son. The problem with this logic is that we know this movie takes place at least somewhat in the future. For Daken to be an effective character, wouldn't he need to be much older? And in a future setting, wouldn't he be more like early twenties, as opposed to the age of child the hand we see in the poster belongs to? Yes, but who says this poster is from the exact future the film takes place? Maybe part of the movie involves a younger Daken, and then we fast forward to him being an adult? Or maybe they're saving an adult Daken for later, and now we're only teased with a younger one? The kid is five at the youngest, probably more like seven or eight. So it's entirely possible for this film to be eight years past the events of The Wolverine and still, technically, be in the future. 

Also, focus on the wrist of the kid in the poster. One of Daken's more unique qualities is that he has two claws that extend from his fist like Wolverine, but his third extends from the edge of his wrist. Now look at the wrist of the child in the poster. Either he has very pronounced veins or that is a claw. I would like to believe it is the latter.

X-23


X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine's, made from the surviving information of the Weapon X program that infused adamantium to Logan's skeleton. She was raised in captivity, as a weapon, similar to Logan's initial Weapon X brainwashing. X-23 ended up escaping, and surfacing in New York, where she inevitably encountered Wolverine. At first she attacked him, but he was able to reason with her, and she became attached to him. This is where she differs from Daken, in that she actually has a relationship with Wolverine. I am not as familiar with her as I am with Daken, so I don't have a lot of insight into her character. But from what I understand she inhabits most the same abilities as Wolverine. 

The inclusion of X-23 in Logan has long been rumored. There were even set pictures released of Hugh Jackman holding a young girl, which caused many fans to speculate that this was X-23. There's more evidence pointing towards this kid to be X-23, though I personally want it to be Daken. Actually, I'm expecting we will learn this child to be X-23 in the first trailer, which should debut soon. And X-23 becomes a very good plot point that would require Wolverine and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) to unite. If Professor X learns of the presence of a mutant clone of Wolverine, who is he going to have come with him to retrieve her? It lends itself perfectly to a story that could really work. But there's no true credence for this. This kid isn't necessarily X-23. Even if she is, it doesn't mean she's the McGuffin of the film, or that is the reason why Professor X and Wolverine are working together. It's all speculation on my part. If I had to put money on this, I would say that the kid is X-23, but I really want it to be Daken because I think it could open up an incredibly dynamic story about a father and his son that would make this a far more powerful final film for Hugh Jackman in this universe.


What do you think? Who do you think the kid holding Logan's hand in the poster is? Is it Daken, X-23, or possibly someone else? Are we reading too much into this? Are you looking forward to seeing Logan? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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