Wolverine is leaving theaters, but not without a fight. The upcoming, untitled Wolverine sequel is going to be the last feature film that Hugh Jackman will star in as the iconic superhero, and Fox has made a conscious choice to, hopefully, make it a worthy conclusion for an icon of modern superhero cinema.
At the Toy Fair 2016 in New York City, 20th Century Fox was handing out promotion information on their upcoming films, with The Wolverine being prominently featured. Underneath the film title, there was a "project released" date for theaters, which is going to be in March of 2017. Lastly on the sheet, there was an anticipated rating of "R" for the film. Check out picture below:
It's unclear on whether or not this was a reaction to the critical and financial success of Wolverine's X-Force team member Deadpool. What is evident is that there is a definite shift going on in Hollywood. It seems like more and more film companies are realizing that running the risk of creating a more risqué and violent film that stays true to an already established character's canon could offer a higher theatrical turn out and better editorial ratings if done correctly. Kingsmen: The Secret Service, The Kickass series, and the Sin City films have all been successful despite their mature ratings and have been considered successes due to their accuracy in story.
By allowing for more mature content to be in the film, there are no limits to what storylines could inspire Wolverine's last stand. Not much is known about the storyline of Hugh Jackman's final film as Weapon X, but we can just hope that second time Wolverine director James Mangold stays true to the canon of the Wolverine.
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