Thursday, August 11, 2016


By now everybody’s well aware that the third “Wolverine” film will be the swan song of Hugh Jackman, who played the highly-popular and prominent “X-Men” character from 20 th Century Fox’s film series. It’s perfectly understandable too, as the Australian actor played his role as the un-aging mutant with claws ever since the first “X-Men” movie in 2000, and well, actors grow up and grow old. But Comic Book Resources tells a new wrinkle in the development of the latest Fox Marvel flick, that “WIII” may also herald the departure of yet another stalwart performer from the earliest X-films, that being Sir Patrick Stewart as the X-Men founder Professor Charles Xavier.

An ITV interview with Stewart has the British theatre actor and “Star Trek” captain laid it out plainly that he feels his appearance in “Wolverine 3” – the seventh film he shows up in as Prof Xincluding bit appearances – will be the end of the franchise for him. However he does note that “The thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end, it’s over.” So maybe, just maybe, he can be convinced for any future projects.

He also intimates that his characterization in the film will not be the one that moviegoers have gotten used to, the fatherly mentor figure, educator and humanitarian who only ever showed flaws in during “X-Men: the Last Stand” and the future segments “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. In his own words, he will be “very different Charles Xavier… nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.”

Small bits and pieces of information gathered from teasing hints by the production see the capstone of what will be the “Wolverine” trilogy to be grim, dark and edgy than normal. The reported “R” rating plan by the studio after the phenomenal success of “Deadpool” this February seems to reinforce this possibility. The plot has also been reported to take several elements from some celebrated Wolverine storylines in the comics, most notably the post-apocalyptic “Old Man Logan” series depicting the grizzled Canuck living in a world destroyed by super-villains, and the “Death of Wolverine” storyline that did kill of the man himself in the comics, a status quo that has been enforced until now and in the foreseeable future.

Hints from the post-credits scene of May’s “X-Men Apocalypse” all but scream that one of the major antagonists for “WIII” is the super-villain geneticist Nathaniel Essex aka Mister Sinister. His past history of cloning people in the comics, along with certain leaked production photos, all but scream on the possible involvement of Wolverine’s female clone Laura, codenamed X-23.

“Wolverine 3” is directed by James Mangold (“The Wolverine”) and is set to open in theaters on March 2017. Whether or not this will be the last time Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will reprise their iconic Marvel roles on the big screen, it’s certain that their characters will remain relevant on further Fox movies in the X-Men verse.

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