With Hugh Jackman’s final turn as iconic X-Man Wolverine coming up in 2017’s third solo Wolverine film, Jackman has begun the process of teasing fans on what they might see. And, as a comic book fan, I think it’s safe to say that he’s doing a good job.
Appearing on The Daily Telegraph‘s Sydney Confidential podcast, Jackman mentioned his recent posting on social media asking fans what they’d like to see from his final turn as Logan, and hinted that some of the requests he saw on social media are actually likely to come to pass. He said,
There were a lot of calls for Victor Creed to come back. […] I must admit I was quite heartened by a number of people saying please don’t make it the last, but look, I’m really excited about this last one. And if you’re a comic book fan, the words ‘berserker rage’ came up a lot. If you know Wolverine, you’ll understand.
Victor Creed is, of course, the human name of the mutant known in the comics as Sabretooth. Sabretooth has appeared in two previous X-Men films: first in the original, played by big man actor and former professional wrestler Tyler Mane, and lastly in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Liev Schreiber in a performance that was widely seen as a stronger element of a weaker film. Sabretooth has a pretty strong connection to Wolverine, which — in the comics — stems from both of them being a part of the Weapon X program. In the films — at least as we knew them before the universe-altering events of Days of Future Past — Sabretooth is actually Wolverine’s half-brother, making their rivalry all the more personal. The return of Sabretooth would likely be a solid way to amp up the drama for Logan’s final outing as played by Jackman.
Jackman also directly mentions Wolverine’s famous “berserker rage,” where in battle he lets completely loose and unleashes the animalistic beast within. In the films, the closest we saw Wolverine come to a point of berserker rage was in 2003’s X2: X-Men United, when William Stryker’s forces invaded the X-Mansion and Logan went ballistic on the attackers. See the opening of that scene below.
The as-yet untitled third solo Wolverine film will be released on March 3rd, 2017, and will once again be directed by James Mangold. For more on the film as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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