The other day Patrick Stewart seemingly confirmed he was taking a major role in James Mangold’s Wolverine 3.
While speaking with JoBlo, Hugh Jackman was asked about the statement Patrick made. He wouldn’t confirm or deny but did talk about how important that relationship between Logan and Charles has been in the films. Not to mention talking-up his own desire to see that play out in a standalone Wolverine movie.
“I’m not going to deny it. I’ve learned over the years to try and put my best poker face on. By the way, play poker with me if you want to win some money, because I’m terrible. But, I’ve always seen it as a really important relationship, and we started with that and I think it’s a really important one. I think it would be really great to see it in the Wolverine movie, because we haven’t really explored it in the standalone Wolverine movies. So it’s not not not not not going to happen.”
If you told me this idea prior to the release of X-Men Days of Future Past I’m not so sure I would have been too excited to see Xavier in a solo Wolverine film. Their relationship was finally flushed-out in that film and there is plenty of room for it to further explored. I actually started to care about that dynamic between them and Charles might be the only current X-Men member (besides Kitty Pryde) worth parring him up with.
The direction of the film would also have to be a giant factor into the reason Xavier is in it. We’ve been hearing for ages that Old Man Logan could indeed be the comic book that is influencing this film. While an interesting take on the Wolverine mythology the entire thing would need to be retooled to allow it to be first a PG-13 release and to exclude all the characters in that Fox doesn’t own. I could easily see Xavier replacing the elderly blind swordsman version of Hawkeye as Logan’s companion in the story.
Hugh Jackman was asked about the third film and hinted that they’re looking at using Old Man Logan (via ScreenRant).
“Well, of course we’re looking at Old Man Logan, because that may be the only option left at this point! [laughs] We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we’re still working it out. I’m working with Jim Mangold, which is exciting. Jim came on board The Wolverine after Darren [Aronofsky] left, so he inherited it. And of all the things that Jim can do, one of the great things he does is develop scripts. I’m excited to see what we can come up with, but I haven’t signed on signed on. I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it.”
He also spoke to Latino Review last year which seeming gave the impression that Old Man Logan might indeed be the source material. The bit about a “different world space” might be suggesting the post-apocalyptic setting in the comic.
Omega Red might be the right villain for a cinematic version of the Old Man Logan story. He might have already been an Easter Egg in The Wolverine as the tiny tentacled robots seemed to be a shout-out to him. Red along with Sabertooth and Silver Samurai is one of the most recognizable X-Men villains with direct ties to Wolverine.
Wolverine 3 or The Wolverine: Old Man Logan is set for release on March 3rd, 2017. According to James Mangold production is set begin after X-Men Apocalypse wraps it’s shoot.