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Logan will follow the old Wolverine's battle to save a girl from the antagonist Marvel Studios

The much-awaited trailer of Logan has been released by 20th Century Fox with very little reference to the X-Men cinematic universe. The hard-hitting trailer reveals the first look of Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart as old man Logan (Wolverine) and Professor X, respectively.

In the trailer, both Logan and Professor X appeared to be hiding from some kind of looming danger and struggle to stay alive. Enters little Laura Kinney, whose arrival forces the two remaining X-Men to use their super powers to protect her.

The synopsis of the movie released by IMDB, hints at the girl's identity and reveals the main antagonist of the third sequel in the series. According to the movie's description, the girl is none other than Logan's clone, hence the dialogue in the trailer: "She is like you, very much like you".

The synopsis also reveals another major character - Nathaniel Essex. Comic Book suspects that the character is Mr Sinister and has the evil ambition to destroy Earth.

Set in 2024, Logan and Professor Xavier must cope with the loss of X-Men when a corporation led by Nathaniel Essex is destroying the world, added to their woes is that Logan starts to lose his healing abilities, while Xavier's Alzheimer's is having an impact on his memory. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.

Despite being a superhero movie, the trailer has an emotional touch to it and does not incorporate the clichéd "saving the world" concept. Speaking about the idea, James Mangold, the director of the highly anticipated movie, told Screen Crush that he and Jackman wanted to free themselves from "some assumptions that had existed in the past".

"Not merely to change for change's sake, but also to make something that's speaking to the culture now, that's not just the same style — how many times can they save the world in one way or another? How can we construct a story that's built more on character and character issues, in a way as if it almost wasn't a superhero movie, yet it features their powers and struggles and themes?" Mangold told the website.

Speaking about the timeline of the third sequel to Wolverine, he said: "We are in the future, we have passed the point of the epilog of Days Of Future Past. We're finding all these characters in circumstances that are a little more real. The questions of aging, of loneliness, of where I belong. Am I still useful to the world? I saw it as an opportunity. We've seen these characters in action, saving the universe. But what happens when you're in retirement and that career is over."

Logan will be released in the UK on 2 March 2017. It will hit theatres in the US the following day.