Wolverine is probably the most iconic and best loved character in the X-Men franchise. With five ensemble films and two solo movies (the conclusion, Wolverine 3 is coming soon) to his name, Wolverine is definitely a core character. After he drove the plot in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942), many fans expected Wolverine would have a similar role as the protagonist of [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267).
But then the trailers dropped — and there was no sign of Wolverine anywhere.
So far, Hugh Jackman has also been absent from promotional pictures and stills released from the Apocalypse set. This has lead fans to question whether he's even appearing in the film at all, and now Bryan Singer has stepped in to clear up the issue.
Just A Cameo Role?
In Empire's latest issue, Bryan Singer talked about the Weapon X program. This program is responsible for Wolverine's adamantium bones, and featured heavily in both X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
And yet, Wolverine doesn't seem to play a role in the Weapon X subplot in X-Men: Apocalypse.
"As a central character, [Wolverine] didn’t fit into this particular story."
Whether Hugh Jackman would appear in Apocalypse has been discussed for some time, as the actor was unconfirmed. Recently, there were rumors that Jackman was participating in scene reshoots for the movie. Fans hoped this meant Wolverine would make a cameo appearance, especially considering his cameo in X-Men: First Class was one of the best moments of the film.
Singer hasn't ruled out Wolverine's role in Apocalypse completely, but he has debunked the theory that Wolverine would be involved in the Weapon X program. So what else could this subplot be about?
Weapon X Is The Key To The Future
A while ago, ScreenRant revealed that Colonel Stryker would be developing in the Weapon X program in X-Men: Apocalypse, which could have huge ramifications for the future of the X-Men franchise. Stryker last appeared as a young man in Days Of Future Past, and his work with Bolivar Trask has greatly influenced his plans for mutants.
Actor Josh Helman (Stryker), explained how the antagonist will become more important to the overarching plot in Apocalypse.
"He’s been developing his own plan for how he wants to proceed and, I think, learning from the mistakes of what happened with the situation with Trask and trying to formulate a plan that he thinks should be put in place for moving forward. I think the events of this film are definitely instrumental in creating the kind of capital “C” character that he will become."
The Weapon X program probably won't feature heavily in X-Men: Apocalypse, as Apocalypse himself is the main villain for the movie. It's possible that Stryker's role and the development of the Weapon X program are plot threads to be picked up later in the franchise.
Talking to Empire, Bryan Singer did express his desire to make more X-Men films, and that he's not planning to leave the franchise any time soon.
"But I could not roll into another X-Men movie tomorrow. And I hope not to. I hope to take a break."
Considering that Singer called Apocalypse the "real beginning" of the X-Men story, many fans are hoping to see many more films set in this timeline. For now though, we just have Apocalypse to look forward to, and if Hugh Jackman doesn't have a huge role in this film then at least there's Wolverine 3!