Several days ago, I pointed out how Hugh Jackman made an unofficial Wolverine cameo in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Since the filmed earned $363.2 million at the global box office in 2014, a good number of people were already well aware of it.
However, based on its paltry $9.1 million box office performance, most of you definitely aren't aware of or have seen Jackman's other unofficial Wolverine cameo in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. In the 2015 coming-of-age film, Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) — an awkward and self-loathing high school senior — offers Rachel Kushner (Olivia Cooke), a cancer-stricken classmate, some bad advice on having to deal with people knowing and asking about her leukemia.
He advises Rachel to "flat-out pretend to be dead" the next time someone says something annoying to her. He has Rachel pretend to be someone else and ask him an annoying question. To demonstrate his advice, he plays dead. His eyes then drift over to a photo of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine on her bedroom wall and imagines the X-Men star (actually voiced by Jackman) rightfully chastising him.
"Hey, a--hole," says Jackman. "Yeah, over here. Just so we're straight on this, you're advising a girl with cancer to pretend to be dead. No, seriously, think about what you're doing here, dickhead. I've been doing my broody Wolverine face on this girl's wall for five and a quarter years, and at this point, I'm probably only still here because she'd feel weirdly guilty or disloyal taking me down. But I'm goddamned if I'm letting a little punk like you waltz in here stupiding up the place. Not on my watch, pal."
In 2029, the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins … In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice).