As is so often the way with massive moneymaking franchises of the superheroic variety, it appears that the next Wolverine film is chugging right along without any official acknowledgement of the involvement of its presumed star – you know, the guy who has played him for over fifteen years – with its director taking to Twitter to sound off about filming plans. Well, kind of.
When it comes to the ever-expanding (and ever-shifting) world of the X-Men, we already know that Bryan Singer is bringing us a fresh entry into the canon with this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer is also working on the screenplay for that film’s sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2016. After that? Well, director James Mangold is signed on to at least write yet another Wolverine sequel, one that will follow his last entry into the mythos, last year’s The Wolverine.
Uh, but what about Hugh Jackman, Wolverine himself? As ComingSoon puts it, he’s been “less committal” than Mangold, who is literally contractually obligated to the next Wolverine film. Jackman is understandably a bit tired of playing the same character, and while we know that Wolverine will play a large role in Days of Future Past, it all seems a bit nebulous beyond that.
Which is why it’s so interesting that Mangold recently took to Twitter to answer a fan who asked about when the next Wolverine film will start shooting. Mangold replied, “We are figuring it all out. At the moment, I’m shooting The next #Wolverine after #XmenApocalypse.”
This relatively benign comment comes with plenty of unexpected information – that we probably won’t get the next Wolverine film until at least 2017, that the studio and Mangold are at least starting to work out these major details, and perhaps most interestingly (and, also, maybe most obvious) is that this next Wolverine will come directly after Apocalypse, hinting at a relationship between the films that goes beyond “hey, we’re in the same universe.”
But will Jackman appear in either Apocalypse and that next Wolverine movie? Only time will tell, and we apparently have years to wonder.
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