So Fox has been announcing a lot lately, mainly revolving around their future releases. The company is (most surprisingly) already pushing forward with Fantastic Four 2 (although the first hasn’t even started filming yet and I don’t even think they have officially made an announcement about the cast), a third solo Wolverine film, and an untitled Ridley Scott movie.
I think the FF movie is already setting up to be pretty miserable and fail once again, and I honestly don’t care about whatever Ridley Scott is working on, but people are anticipating it is the sequel to Prometheus. What I’m here to talk about is that the third Wolverine movie looks like it will have James Mangold back along with Hugh Jackman at least one more time. This would be Jackman’s eighth time stepping into the Wolverine role and seems like it might even be his last.
Jackman is appearing in the upcoming Days of Future Past and then this third Wolverine film, but after that the character could easily be recast to better fit this younger cast and fresher portrayal of the X-Men franchise. Fox and Bryan Singer also have announced the plan to follow up Days of Future Past with another awesome X-Men story: Age of Apocalypse, which will again mainly feature the new team of young heroes. I have really enjoyed Jackman in the Wolverine role, but think if they were going to recast him using a big feature like Age of Apocalypse, with plenty of other characters to put the focus on, would be the right time. As much as I would love to see Jackman don the traditional Wolverine costume (especially after it being left out of The Wolverine for continuity reasons), I also think they should save it for Age of Apocalypse to refresh Wolverine’s look and give the character some new life. This would also keep Jackman’s Wolverine run separate and unique to him.
Obviously I’m just creating speculation on my own opinions, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens, but Jackman will be 46 this October while they seem to have been slowly transitioning the X-Men movie franchise into a fresher and younger cast. I really enjoyed The Wolverine, and am even more excited to watch the extended R version, so I am definitely glad to hear that Mangold and Jackman will most likely team up one more time for another solo Wolverine movie.
I’ll be on the lookout for more news about Jackman’s future status as Wolverine, but Days of Future Past hits theaters in 2 months on May 23rd and it looks really promising – it will also be awesome to have Wolverine back with the X-Men crew, especially the younger cast so definitely check it out!