Hugh Jackman has confirmed what we all figured: he will be returning to play Wolverine in [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267).
This should come as no surprise to any fans of Fox's X-Men franchise, as Wolverine has been a mainstay of pretty much every movie they've released since X-Men way back in 2000. However, he neglected to reveal what we all actually want know: just HOW big of a role will this be? Speaking to Happy Sad Confused, here's how he expertly skirts that issue:
I have been speaking with the guys and I am not at liberty to tell exactly what's going on. Which is largely framing my answer here. But there's still a lot unknown, actually, about that. What I do know is there are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie. There's some really cool things going on.
Well, vague as it may be, it's something. So, will X-Men: Apocalypse be the lynchpin that links all the X-Men movies? Does that mean that all the retconning that took place in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) will be for naught? I doubt that, so when Jackman refers to the "whole X-Men world," something tells me he means a world without X-Men: The Last Stand. A happier world, indeed.
My guess is he will continue with his current pattern of exponential bulking and become one gigantic vein for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Honestly, though, considering Jackman is getting yet another opportunity to flex and grunt in [Wolverine 3](movie:1166878), I'm hoping his screen time will be relatively minimal for the team's face-off with Apocalypse. Don't get me wrong, I think he offers a fantastic performance every time, and it's great for fans and casual viewers alike to have consistency among all the films. But, how many times does Wolverine really need to be a central figure? Let's give the rest of the team some time in the sun (namely, Quicksilver, Gambit, and Nightcrawler, please).
How much Wolverine would you like to see in X-Men: Apocalypse?