Crash Course: Who Are Those Cyborg Guys In The ‘Logan’ Trailer?
Today, Fox Studios released the trailer for Logan, Hugh Jackman's final film portraying the surly Canadian mutant with a penchant for stabbing dudes. Amid the somber tone and the Johnny Cash, we got some real good looks at some of the villains, a group of men with robot limbs, led by Narcos star Boyd Holbrook.
For those not in the know, Holbrook is playing X-Men villain Donald Pierce, and his goons are a group called The Reavers. If X-Men continuity is too impenetrable for you and you've no clue what that means, we've set up a Crash Course to get you caught up.
Pierce was introduced by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in 1980's Uncanny X-Men #132 as the White Bishop of the Hellfire Club, a group of wealthy industrialists bent on controlling the world and making themselves even wealthier. Some evil mutants had seized control of the club, but Pierce was actually a mutant-hating cyborg who joined to get close to and kill them. Readers would later learn that a clash with a time travelling Cable was the cause of both Pierce's hatred for mutants and his cyborg parts.
While Pierce isn't the most exciting X-Men villain, his Reavers are bonkers. They were first introduced by Claremont and Marc Silvestri in Uncanny X-Men #229 as a group of Australian thieves and bandits who are also cyborgs. At the time they were using the mutant Gateway to teleport all around Australia and pull off bank heists and robberies, but they were defeated by the X-Men, and the mutants claimed their hi-tech underground base for themselves.
The best Reaver is undeniably Bonebreaker, who is like a centaur if the bottom half was tank treads instead of a horse body. There's also Pretty Boy and Skullbuster, but they're more all-purpose cyborgs and don't have such cool designs.
Pierce would later recruit the Reavers, and increase their numbers with the addition of Wolverine foe Lady Deathstrike, and several Hellfire Club grunts that had been left for dead by Wolverine and were now also cyborgs.
Pierce later assembled another group of Reavers, who were anti-mutant humans, though one of them discovered that he was actually a mutant and switched sides. Most recently the Reavers have been seen once again working under Lady Deathstrike in the pages of --- wouldn't you know it --- Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's Old Man Logan, a series of stories about an older version of Wolverine that serves as partial inspiration for the movie Logan.