As we all know Hugh Jackman will be calling time on Wolverine after Wolverine 3. So what do Fox need to do after? Well for me there are two ways of keeping Wolverine going. First you can obviously recast Wolverine. However, that would be an unenviable task especially in that Jackman truly made Wolverine his own. I would think that Fox will take their time then recast. So, I would love to see the true Origin story of Wolverine. Fox did a Origin story with X-Men Origins: Wolverine but it was terrible. It never really dwelved into his backstory at all. It would be amazing if they did a feature length movie of Origin.
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Origin is a brilliant story that tells Logans true story. The story is set in the 1860's and focuses on a young sickly boy named James Howlett. He is the son of a rich plantation owner John Howlett who is kind and generous. James is a great kid but is shy and reclusive. John believes this to him being lonely aswell as his condition.
John brings in a young orphaned girl named Rose to be James companion.
Rose. Picture courtesy of Marvel.com.
The two form a bond alongside another boy called Dog Logan who is the son of a cruel games keeper Thomas Logan. Thomas looks like a grown up Wolverine which leads to the notion that James mother (Elizabeth) had an affair. Over time Thomas and his son Dog become increasingly violent. This includes beatings and Dog attempting to assault Rose. This leads John to dismiss Thomas and Dog. In revenge Thomas and Dog decide to rob the estate. However, it ends in disaster with John and Thomas dying. Thomas died because James had for the first time used his bone claws.
James Howlett using his bone claws.
In a state of denial, Elizabeth killed herself due to what happened to her in the past. The story after is of James and Rose leaving the estate and forming a bond. However, Dog who was scared by James in that fateful night vows to track down James and Rose.
Dog vowing to track down James and Rose.
The story does not finish there but I do recommend you to reading this story in full. For me, Origin was a brilliant story from the start. There is so much depth that a movie could be told. In the book there is plenty of easter eggs as to what happened in the past. A great example is that of what happened to James brother John Howlett Jr. He is never seen in origin but there is proof that he had the same abilities as his brother James. Elizabeth who lived as a recluse had scares that looked like claw marks.
James Howletts mother Elizabeth had scares that lead to believe that this was done by John Howlett Jr.
However, it was clear that John died. In what circumstances we do not know.
There is the clear indication that Thomas Logan is James's dad and Dog is his brother due to the affair Elizabeth had.
Again it was briefly told in Origins but it was not satisfying at all. I would love to see Origin in the cinema. If hypothetically Fox commission the movie, who could play the young Wolverine?
Taron Egerton as James Howlett.
Would love to see Egerton as Howlett.
Shailene Woodley as Rose.
Shailene Woodley as Rose would be perfect.
Max Thieriot as Dog.
Thieriot is amazing as Dylan in the Bates Motel. I can imagine him being a sympathetic but damaged Dog Logan.
It would of course remain to be seen if Origin is ever bought to the big screen. I do hope that it will be a reality.