Look at Stephen Merchant’s Caliban as He Looks Back at You in New ‘Logan’ Image
What’s exciting about the new Wolverine solo movie Logan is how dark and creepy it looks compared to the superhero movies that have come before. It’s definitely a more mature turn from our favorite curmudgeonly X-Man, where danger and death are a lot closer and more realistic than they used to be. Giving his all to the creepy-factor is Stephen Merchant, whose albino Caliban we’ve seen in two photos already, and who looks a little different from the version of the character we saw in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Now, a third Caliban photo has been revealed, this one possibly odder than the last.
The founder of Latino Review Kellvin Chavez tweeted this new photo, which has a distinctly untrustworthy-post-apocalyptic-surgeon feel to it. That’s probably not the kind of thing Caliban will be doing, though.
For those of you who may not know, Caliban has two abilities: he can psionically detect any mutants nearby — which will probably come in useful for Wolverine’s purposes — and he can also use anyone’s fears against them by absorbing their psionic energy. He also has incredibly light-sensitive eyes, which is probably the reason for those neat goggles.
From these photos, it looks like we’ll meet Caliban in Morlock form, where he still looks like a regular human (just really really pale). Long story short, the Morlocks are a group of mutants whose disfigured and strange appearances make it impossible for them to live comfortably in aboveground society, so they form a society of their own down in the sewers. Caliban has been recruited by a few different people in the comics to help them find mutants using his tracking abilities, so that’s probably going to be his purpose in Logan — finding missing mutants in a future where they barely exist. In this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Apocalypse himself uses him to hunt mutants down and kill them, but hopefully he’ll have a less sinister role in Logan. Caliban is a bit of a wild card, working for or against the X-Men depending on whoever his boss is.
Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.