James Mangold, director of last year’s The Wolverine, revealed some unexpected news on Twitter. In response to a fan’s question about a possible sequel to the favorite mutant, Mangold said that Wolverine 3 will indeed begin filming after the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse.
Hugh Jackman has so far portrayed Wolverine or Logan for 14 years and counting, appearing in the first three X-Men films from 2000-2006. Jackman’s Wolverine also got two spin-off solo films in 2009 and 2013, while appearing in a humorous cameo in First Class in 2011.
Logan will also have an integral role in the upcoming, anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past. The summer blockbuster is an adaptation of the popular Marvel comics story line, where Kitty Pride, in this film Wolverine, travels back in time to stop the mutant race from being wiped out.
It was announced recently that this upcoming blockbuster will lead to X-Men: Apocalypse, which will see the infamous self-titled villain be played out on the big screen. The film is set for 2016, which means that Wolverine 3 will see the light in 2017 or some years after.
So far, the film adaptations of Logan has not entirely lived up to fans’ expectations. X-Men Origins: Wolverine by director Gavin Hood was a subpar film, famous for butchering the fan-favorite character of Deadpool. The sequel by Mangold was a significant improvement – taking a more grounded approach to explore the emotions that Wolverine was going through in his exile, after being forced to kill his love, Jean Grey. The beautiful and subtle setting of Japan helped add to the poignancy of the film and there was the right balance of thrilling action in between some very touching moments. However, the third act resorted to comic book corniness and was disappointing to many fans. Through both films Jackman’s performance as Wolverine was strong, the actor showing a devout commitment to the character. Box office success has led to those wondering if there will be a third outing, now confirmed by Mangold.
With so many years beneath his belt, Jackman will have to hang his boots, or claws in this instance, sooner or later. The actor himself revealed in an interview with IGN earlier this year that despite his love for the role, a re-casting of Wolverine is inevitable. Whether Jackman will be the Wolverine in the third outing is anyone’s guess, although a trilogy seems to be the magic number to end a story arc in cinema. When Jackman retires from the character, it would have to be at least a few years before someone else can convincingly portray Wolverine with fans memories still etched on the gruff Australian actor.
Outside of the Wolverine solo films and X-Men: Apocalypse, an X-Force movie has also been confirmed, though when they plan to film it has not been set. The storyline, introduced in 1991, revolves around a more militant team of heroes. Jeff Wadlow, the writer of the film, who confirmed the script was complete, said his favorite characters in the ever-changing lineup were Deadpool, Domino, Psylocke, Cable and of course, Wolverine. It will be interesting to see how it connects to Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. A bigger question is of how The Wolverine 3 and its fan favorite character will fit into all these future projects.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released in three months on May 23, 2014. X-Men: Apocalypse will be out May 27th, 2016 and Wolverine 3 will arrive at least by 2017.
Editorial By Kollin Lore