A couple of days ago Hugh Jackman posted an image on Instagram/Twitter while wearing his iconic Wolverine claw on one hand with the quote “one last time”. Some suggested this was referring to X-Men Apocalypse but Jackman has been developing Wolverine 3 closely with director James Mangold for a while now and was attached to lead the film. James recently had confirmed production set to begin in early 2016 to meet it’s March 3rd, 2017 release date.
The director took to Twitter to confirm that indeed Jackman’s last bow as Logan will Wolverine 3 in 2017.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 29, 2015
We don’t know really too much about where they’ll be going with Wolverine 3, besides the talk it could take some plot cues from the popular Old Man Logan story. This lines-up with James Mangold’s statements to I Am Rogue the film would be based in existing comics.
“Absolutely. I can tell you that in determining where we are going I’m not solely relying on my own imagination but also the imaginations that have spun great stories about Wolverine in the comics.”
I’ll be curious how much of the film’s plot will be reliant on the events of X-Men films in 2016.
Patrick Stewart had revealed he was talking with the studio about having Professor X teaming-up with Logan in Wolverine 3 and Xavier might be solid replacement for an elderly Hawkeye from Old Man Logan.
“And what I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a ‘Wolverine’ movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together,” Stewart said. “Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of ‘X-Men’ from the four movies that I’ve already done.”
Hugh Jackman commented on Xavier appearing in the third film by suggesting that dynamic could be interesting to explore.
“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.”
Mangold has previously mentioned he was considering having Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto reprise their roles in the sequel, both actresses have landed DC Comics projects since The Wolverine. It’s possible this has changed during the development of the script and their characters might have been taken out of the project.
I’ve been beating the drum for years to see our namesake Omega Red finally making his franchise debut as the main villain in the third film. The Russian murder turned failed super-soldier experiment is one of Wolverine’s most iconic rogues and tends to kick the living hell out of Logan during every fight. He uses his cybernetic tentacles to drain the life-force from victims to stay alive, making him a threatening force that could fit extremely dark/grim Old Man Logan world.
My impression is that Mangold and his creative team were possibly teasing Omega’s technology with those mutant power suppressing robots in The Wolverine, those tentacles looked very familiar.
The villain has had links to Russian military, gangsters as a hit-man, and was even apart of a revised lineup for of The Weapon X Program.
A Cold War era Soviet Union and a desert wasteland feel like excellent locations that could be just as interesting as Japan. Evoking the the cinephile in Mangold by sourcing films like Doctor Zhivago, From Russia with Love, Eastern Promises, Anna Karenina, Enemy At The Gates, Hunt for Red October, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Along with badass man-on-mission films like Where Eagles Dare, Unforgiven and Max Max Road Warrior.
It could also give use flashbacks to Logan’s time in the Weapon X Program and give fans a reboot that aspect which was butchered in Origins. I would be on-board to see Wolverine 3 moving back and forth between the Cold War and future. I think fans would love to see Logan’s time as a spy and black ops soldier actually explored before Jackman hangs-up his claws.
Are you excited to see Hugh Jackman’s last romp as Logan in Wolverine 3, or are you sadden he’s likely done leading X-Men films?
SOURCE: JAMES MANGOLD