When it comes to shared superhero universes and franchise films, many producers and executives have to take a few extra steps to keep some of the secrets hidden before a movie hits theaters.
Marvel Studios has been known to leave out some of their post-credit scenes from press and fan screenings before a movie's release date. And Fox might be employing the same tactic with the latest Wolverine film, currently the 5th Most Anticipated Film based on ComicBook user votes.
According to Mike Sampson, the Sr. Marketing and Promotions Director of the Alamo Drafthouse, Fox has provided theaters with an updated runtime for Logan, about three minutes longer than the screening version that's been making the rounds.
Let the secret post-credits scene speculation begin: Fox just updated LOGAN runtime to 3 minutes longer than version screened this week— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) February 17, 2017
The aforementioned screenings of James Mangold's film did not contain any credits scenes, but the newly updated runtime will clock in at 140 minutes according to Sampson's screen cap of the email.
So will Fox be adding a scene to hype the future of their franchise for its public release?
Logan is said to be a stand-alone film, meant to cap off Hugh Jackman's journey with the character in a meaningful way. And according to our own review, its among the best superhero films to date, unique in its scope and its approach.
Some might even wonder if Logan needs a credits scene to connect it to the larger X-Men universe when it already seems so removed to begin with. But if Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool shows up to hurl some insults at the former Wolverine, hey, we're all for that.
Are you excited to find out what the fuss is all about? Let us know by participating in our database of Anticipation Rankings by voting for Logan.
Logan takes place in the year 2029, where mutant births have become extremely rare. The defenders of mutant kind, the X-Men, are long gone, and the only remains of them are an old and struggling Charles Xavier and a weary Logan. Logan's vaunted healing factor has slowed, and at times doesn't seem to work at all. When a young mutant needs his help, Logan has to unsheathe his claws once more. His job isn't over yet.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold is directing and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.