(Warning - the following may contain large, hulking SPOILERS for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Proceed with whatever level of caution your innate SPOILER-aversion suggests is wise...)
With X-Men: Apocalypse not set to hit the big screen until next May, you might think that rampant over-excitement relating to the film has been put on hold until closer to release. After all, with so many similarly excitement-inducing projects set to hit the screen over the next six months (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, to name but four) it'd make sense for our focus to drift away from FOX's merry Mutants, right?
Well, perhaps - if it wasn't for one vitally important thing...
It Sounds as Though Wolverine Is Set to Play an Even Bigger Part in the Movie Than We Thought
Yup, that's right. While it already looked pretty certain that Hugh 'Wolverine' Jackman would be turning up in the movie for at least a cameo, it now seems that X-Men: Apocalypse will feature more of the hirsute hero than we had dared hope.
Y'see, according to Le Journal de Montréal, the film's production team is heading back to Montreal (where it was initially filmed) for a few weeks of reshoots. Now, in and of itself, that's pretty standard stuff - most major blockbusters factor a few weeks of reshoots into their budgets as a matter of course, assuming that plot revisions and studio requirements will necessitate them.
In this case, though, it could well be seriously important. The reason?
Hugh Jackman Is Set to Be in Town for the Reshoots
As Le Journal puts it, he'll apparently "be on hand" for the shoot's continuation - suggesting that either his original appearance requires refining, or his role has been expanded in light of a changing behind-the-scenes climate.
Indeed, with a Wolverine solo movie now in pre-production, and FOX presumably having a much stronger sense of its plans for the next few years (with Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse both nearing release, and Channing Tatum confirmed for Gambit), the latter might just be more likely. After all, not only is there likely a desire to use the highly-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse to set up plot elements for both Gambit and the Wolverine sequel - making Jackman's possible return for reshoots seem a logical next step - but it's entirely possible that editorial meetings have led to Wolvie's solo picture following directly on from Apocalypse's plot.
The big question now, then, if Jackman's Wolverine really is set to have his role in X-Men: Apocalypse expanded?
What do you reckon?