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In New Wolverine Movie, Anyone Can Die, Even Logan
Marvel’s saltiest military veteran, X-Men’s Wolverine, is headed back to the big screen, and this time he isn’t pulling any punches.
The two-minute long red band trailer for “Logan,” just dropped and the upcoming R-rated movie looks to be a far-cry from the last string of special effects heavy flicks about Marvel’s mutant superhero team. Set to Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt,” the tone is somber, while fast-past fight scenes and moments of self-reflection hint at a darker, heavier X-Men movie than we’ve seen before.
Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine, now going by his first name alone: Logan. He’s older now, and shots of him bloody and bandaged indicate that his healing powers are starting to fade. A photo of the screenplay, posted by the director James Mangold, confirms as much, as well as indicating that this will be a different kind of superhero movie, think “Deadpool” not “Avengers.”
“In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them,” reads the screenplay. “They will get just a hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won't bounce. They will die.”
Page two of our screenplay. pic.twitter.com/5X93NtWuVS
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
Set sometime in the future, when mutants are all but extinct, Logan and Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart, are charged with defending a young girl — she’s actually a female clone of Wolverine — who’s being hunted by para-military personnel.
Though the trailer is packed full of action, it’s not the type one typically sees in a superhero movie, and that’s deliberate.
"Now might be a good time to talk about the ‘fights’ described in the next 100 or so pages,” reads the screenplay of “Logan,” which is set to release in March 2017. “Basically, if you're on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying, CG fuckathon, this ain't your movie."
So, if you’re tired of seeing cities leveled with zero collateral damage, and want to see Wolverine go ham on a bunch of bad guys that don’t get up after being impaled by his adamantium — aka, rare space metal — claws, then check out the trailer below.
29 years after Desert Storm, an Air Force general says we’ve forgotten the lessons that made it so successful
When Air Force Gen. Chuck Horner (ret.) took to the podium at the dedication of the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial site in Washington D.C. last February, he told the audience that people often ask him why a memorial is necessary for a conflict that only lasted about 40 days.
Horner, who commanded the U.S. air campaign of that war, said the first reason is to commemorate those who died in the Gulf War. Then he pointed behind him, towards the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where the names of over 58,000 Americans who died in Vietnam are etched in granite.
"These two monuments are inexorably linked together," Horner said. "Because we had in Desert Storm a president and a secretary of defense who did the smartest thing in the world: they gave the military a mission which could be accomplished by military force."
The Desert Storm Memorial "is a place every military person that's going to war should visit, and they learn to stand up when they have to, to avoid the stupidness that led to that disaster" in Vietnam, he added.
Now, 29 years after the operation that kicked Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army out of Kuwait began, the U.S. is stuck in multiple wars that Horner says resemble the one he and his fellow commanders tried to avoid while designing Desert Storm.
Horner shared his perspective on what went right in the Gulf War, and what's gone wrong since then, in an interview last week with Task & Purpose.
The Navy SEAL accused of strangling Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar was promoted to chief petty officer two months after Melgar's death, according to a new report from The Daily Beast.
The number of major aviation mishaps and associated fatalities among U.S. service members across all four main branches fell dramatically in fiscal year 2019, according to data reviewed by Task & Purpose, a sign of progress amid growing worries of a crisis in U.S. military aviation.
The U.S. military saw 42 Class A mishaps and just 13 related fatalities in fiscal year 2019 across the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, well below the U.S. military's six-year high of 52 incidents and 39 deaths in fiscal year 2018.
When it comes to saving the world, sometimes one uniform just isn't enough. At least, that's what seems to motivate Tech. Sgt. Sean Neri, who, in between coordinating vehicles for security forces at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., dresses up as a Star Wars bounty hunter and volunteers at community fundraisers.
"One of my coworkers introduced me to costuming and showed me there are organizations out there who use it for charity work," said Neri in a Jan. 21 article by Devin Doskey, public affairs specialist for the 341st Missile Wing.
"As a cop, I love being able to help people, but upon discovering I could do it while being a character for Star Wars, I was hooked," said Neri, who is the NCO in charge of vehicle readiness for the 341st Security Forces Support Squadron.
March Air Reserve Base in California will host nearly 200 U.S. citizens who were flown out of Wuhan, China due to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus, a Defense Department spokeswoman announced on Wednesday.
"March Air Reserve Base and the Department of Defense (DoD) stand ready to provide housing support to Health and Human Services (HHS) as they work to handle the arrival of nearly 200 people, including Department of State employees, dependents and U.S. citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China," said Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah in a statement on Wednesday.
Wuhan is the epicenter of the coronavirus, which is a mild to severe respiratory illness that's associated with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The virus has so far killed 132 people and infected nearly 6,000 others in China, according to news reports.