The comic book/superhero film is currently an entire industry rather than a niche market or a film commonly filed under science fiction. While it can be said that Sony’s Spider-Man broke new ground in the genre when it was released in 2002, the first X-Men film (released in 2000) introduced an entire ensemble of superheroes who lived in a unique ever-expanding universe. The result was a smashing hit and an explosive interest in comic book movies followed. The world of mutants became such a hit that several sequels and spin-offs carried the trend throughout the 21st Century, making the X-Men concept feel as fresh and new as it had back in September of 1963.
Hugh Jackman has played the deadly mutant in seven films (if you include his cameo in X-Men: First Class). His eighth outing is said to be the last time he will play The Wolverine and it’s sure to be knock-out. No one actor has appeared as the same superhero in as many films as Jackman has, so it is only fitting that he receive a special send-off.
Heavily rumored as an inspiration for Wolverine III is Old Man Logan, a multi-part story by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven that ran through the monthly Wolverine comic. The story is gritty and violent, set in a dystopian world of debris in which many of the heroes are dead while the villains control the country. Logan himself refuses to unsheathe his claws, still traumatized from a fit of rage that killed his closest friends. When he takes up a job with the blind archer formerly known as Hawkeye to earn some much-needed money, Logan begins a road trip across the once colorful battle-ravaged wasteland.
Since much of Old Man Logan borrows from properties currently owned by Sony and Marvel/Disney, I’m not sure how this movie would faithfully adapt the comic book. Even if Fox and Marvel came to an agreement that allowed them to share universes (which is the only way this film could be made), it’s still such a base and spiteful story (if they adapt Millar’s comic beat for beat). I like parts of Old Man Logan, but it gets a bit ‘Ennis-Punisher’ for me in the end as it’s a series of filthy gags.
All that said… it would be an unforgettable knuckle-duster of a movie.
At this point every comic book fan knows that the next Wolverine Movie is based on highly successful comic book plot “OLD MAN LOGAN”, which will bring to us weary Wolverine in a post-apocalyptic Marvel universe. Hugh Jackman has already started pitching for this movie by confirming that the fans are going to witness the legendary “Berserker Rage”. The only Wolverine movie that has thoroughly let down the fans was “Wolverine Origins”, it was really a drag, you know what? Let’s not even go there. At this point, the production houses are pitching the script to really good actors for the pivotal roles in the Movie. Marvel is maintaining complete secrecy about the plot, but Hugh Jackman has subtly confirmed that the movie is going to be about Aged Wolverine. After you guys look at the considered actors for the movie, you will get a clear idea that Wolverine 3 is going to be about OLD MAN LOGAN!
During the recent X-Men: Apocalypse panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Jackman surprised everyone by saying “Old Man Logan” to the audience without confirming that it’s going to be his movie’s storyline. He simply said, “take from it what you will,” before moving out of the panel to give way to the next batch of X-Men actors.
In an interview with Collider, writer/producer Simon Kinberg gives us more insight into the third Wolverine solo movie including a hint that we may be seeing Millar and McNiven’s masterpiece story make it to the big screen.
We’re pretty close to a script that everyone’s excited about, and I don’t know when the start date is, but we won’t start until it’s ready to shoot. What Hugh said to you is the attitude we all have—myself, Lauren Shuler Donner, the studio, [director] James Mangold, Hutch Parker—all of us, feel like this is six or seven or eight (depending on how you count) movies in the making, and there are few characters in the history of cinema who have cast as big a shadow as Wolverine, so to tell the final chapter of that story, it has to be the best, and it has to have a mythic quality to it. So we have to get it right, and I think we will, and my experience working with Jim Mangold, I’ve been extraordinarily impressed with him. He’s just a really great storyteller; he’s incredible with character. Really diligent, just a special talent. I have very high hopes for that movie.
I can’t talk about what it [the story] is, but I will say that in its essence it’s something that Hugh has been excited about for a while, and something James Mangold is incredibly excited about, and the two of them together is a pretty neat thing to watch having made a movie together, and I thought they made a pretty good one. They just have a shorthand fluency and trust. It’s really nice to watch.
The still untitled third Wolverine film currently has a March 3, 2017 release date.