'Wolverine' Director Says Sequel to Shoot After 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Last year, when The Wolverine hit theaters, it featured a credits bumper that led into this summer's X-Men franchise mash-up sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. And with Fox putting together their own Marvel universe, that will likely mesh with the reboot of Fantastic Four, it was no surprise to hear from director Bryan Singer that a sequel called X-Men: Apocalypse would arrive in May of 2016. But outside of the mutant ensemble, The Wolverine director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman were already looking at a sequel for the adamantium-clad hero, and now we know more about the production timeline.
While X-Men: Apocalypse will be moving quickly towards production after Days of Future Past hits theaters, James Mangold recently answered a fan question on Twitter confirming that The Wolverine 2 (which would be the third standalone Wolverine film if we include the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is still a few years away. Mangold said, "We are figuring it all out. At the moment, I'm shooting The next
#Wolverine after #XmenApocalypse." That means production on The Wolverine 2 probably couldn't begin until early 2016, so we could see the sequel arrive in 2017, but, but that's just speculation.
That brings up the question as to whether or not Wolverine will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse. We're betting no since the film is supposed to follow the younger X-Men: First Class cast. And while the consciousness of Wolverine is being sent back in time to the 70s in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the gruff, clawed mutant didn't really get involved with the team until a couple decades later. However, if X-Men: Days of Future Past creates a new timeline (a la the reboot of Star Trek), then that might explain how he's able to stick around. Time travel is tricky, so who knows.
Another question that will become more relevant as time goes on is just how much longer Hugh Jackman can play Wolverine. It's been 15 years since he first started shooting X-Men, and this summer will mark his sixth big screen appearance as the character. Not only does Jackman probably want to do other projects, but he's aging just like anyone else. At some point, Jackman will have to be recast, and that's a point he's said is inevitable. So we'll just have to enjoy Jackman's performance as Wolverine while we can. We'll do our best to keep you posted on all things X-Men. Thoughts?