Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed to Hey U Guys last year that they’ve indeed retconned X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that we should just “forget” they ever existed. As franchise producer she’s not speaking out of turn and knowns where they are heading in big bad way. We should assume most if not everything about those films are now considered non-canonical in the franchise.
If Angel can be flying around in 1983 during X-Men Apocalypse and is being played by a new actor this could mean everything concerning Wolverine and Wade Wilson from Origins is out the window including that piss-poor version of the Weapon X Program along with it’s awful lineup of dud mutants, excluding Sabertooth and Wade of course.
The expectation from the plot synopsis from Tim Miller’s Deadpool via the official website suggests that we could end-up seeing a reboot of sorts concerning the Weapon X Program and Wade’s origins with the government group. Considering the shit-show that gave us that Mortal Kombat thing in Origins Fox claimed as Deadpool, we are desperately owed new versions.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
It’s extremely possible this could lead to a fun Wolverine/Deadpool cameo which Jackman had suggested he would be game for when asked by MTV during the press tour for Chappie.
At the end of Days of Future Past we see Mystique disguised as Stryker hauling Logan off and this could change the entire course how the Weapon X Program comes together in the in. Hugh Jackman even talked to MTV about the ending and how it now means an entirely different future for Logan.
“This is a fresh beginning. In a way, you can reimagine everything that’s been done. To see that moment at the end — many moments, about five or six moments at the end — it gave me goosebumps. It’s exciting.”
The Wolverine was ultimately a mix of Frank Miller and Chris Claremont‘s Japanese saga Wolverine comics mixed with Brian K. Vaughn‘s Logan series which explored his time as a Japanese P.O.W. during WWII.
If they attempt a full reboot with say X-Force for example or new solo film, I’d hope to see Fox consider taking bits and pieces from the following comic stories.
– Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith.
– Enemy of The State by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
– The Adamantium Men by Jason Aaron, Ron Garney, and Jason Keith.
We actually don’t have confirmation of what stories will be influencing James Mangold’s Wolverine 3 besides the assumption fan-favorite Old Man Logan being a top contender. Although, the entire book would need to be reworked to make it production ready since Fox doesn’t have the rights to use a bulk of the characters and it’s extreme graphic violence would need to be scaled-back.
I’ve already made my case having the Weapon X Program, Omega Red, and the backdrop of Cold War era Soviet Russia being an awesome way to send-off Hugh Jackman in James Mangold’s Wolverine 3. Focusing on Logan’s time as an international spy/black ops soldier.