Since Hugh Jackman took to Twitter with the ominous words "one last time" in regards to his iconic take on Wolverine, we've been wondering two things: Would Wolverine be appearing in X-Men Apocalypse, and what will become of the character after Wolverine 3 - can another actor step into the role and not be forever in the shadow of Hugh Jackman's defining performance? One of these questions has received a possibly revealing new answer.
Wolverine & X-Men Apocalypse
The last couple of scenes in X-Men Days of Future Past were both a crazy tease and a perfect ending to Wolverine's arc starting from the very first X-Men movie. While he got to return to a peaceful future that saw him reunited with Jean Grey there was also the curious twist of Mystique masquerading as Wolverine's nemesis Sgt. Stryker (memorably played by Brian Cox in X2) as we saw his body get pulled out of the water.
Without that moment with Mystique we would definitely feel more confident that X-Men Apocalypse, like X-Men First Class, would be a (mostly) Wolverine-free affair, that Days of Future Past had more or less wrapped up Wolverine's story and Apocalypse would be focusing more on the characters and stories surrounding James McAvoy's Xavier, Michael Fassbender's Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique - the central figures of this new trilogy. But with that moment - there have been questions as to what Mystique may have planned for Wolverine and if this new trilogy has the same retconning plans for Wolverine as it seems to have with just about every other character.
Wolverine's Casting Call
It's important to note that ten years will have passed in the time between Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, adding to the possibility that whatever Mystique had planned for Wolverine has already happened and it could amount to simple information being passed along at some point during the movie - maybe resulting in little more than another cameo like we saw in X-Men First Class. But a recent casting call may have revealed that Wolverine is playing a part in Apocalypse, one way or another.
A call for extras being needed at the Montreal set for X-Men Apocalypse reveals that both Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Channing Tatum's Gambit are both scheduled to appear in the movie. Tatum's Gambit has been long rumored - ever since he was initially cast in the role - to be making his debut in Apocalypse and this goes a long way to further that rumor. These kinds of casting calls have mixed legitimacy when it comes to any sort of guarantee - but a recent one for Captain America: Civil War has been proven to be accurate for revealing Baron Zemo's appearance - so this could be good intel.
Old Man Logan
And when we look to the future of the X-Men universe, Channing Tatum's Gambit has been one of the characters that is already being set up with a solo film and could be considered the Wolverine of the future - a charming roguish character that can provide comic relief and levity amidst all the mutant drama and action. But what is in store for our favorite Canadian mutant? In a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jackman revealed that there are big things in store for X-Men Apocalypse and the ripple effects it could have on Wolverine 3.
"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."
One of the recurring rumors surrounding where Wolverine 3 might go is the "Old Man Logan" storyline that comics writer Mark Millar crafted back in 2008. It was a solid story that took place in a dystopian future that saw the United States being divided up and ruled by super-villains, with heroes like Wolverine hiding out and being in a state of penniless retirement. But when Hawkeye shows up with a chance to make some quick money, Old Man Logan is put back in action.
Wolverine 3: An Apocalyptic Epilogue
There is no way that Fox can make a direct adaptation of Old Man Logan, there are far more Avengers characters in the book than there are X-Men mutants, but the alternate timeline that X-Men Apocalypse and this new trilogy has been setting up could see a perfect coda in an Old Man Logan type of movie. Wolverine 3 could take place decades after the events of Apocalypse and we could get a look at the long lasting repercussions of that movie's events - the possible dystopian future that Apocalypse hints at.
We've been hearing rumors that X-Men Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 will mark the conclusion of the X-Men universe that Bryan Singer has been building since the first X-Men movie 15 years ago. What better way to do it than with an Old Man Logan movie that jumps to the future and provides an epilogue to the world that is being reset in X-Men Apocalypse? This leaves some questions as to what world movies like Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool and Channing Tatum's Gambit will be taking place in but I can picture Bryan Singer's work with alternate timelines coming into play when considering these kinds of details.
What do you think? Would you like to see the Old Man Logan storyline come into play for Wolverine 3? Should the movie serve as an epilogue to [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267)? Share your favorite Wolverine fan fiction on how Hugh Jackman should leave the X-Men world in the comments below!