'Apocalypse' & 'Wolverine 3' to End Bryan Singer's X-Men Universe
by Ethan Anderton
April 28, 2015
Last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past did a spectacular job of essentially rebooting the X-Men franchise, while still meshing the casts of the original trilogy from director Bryan Singer, and the new cast from X-Men: First Class. However, now that there's a new past timeline intact, it sounds like the old one might be coming to an end for good this time. El Mayimbe, the scoopmaster formerly of Latino Review, posted a juicy rumor to Instagram saying that X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 will be the final films to have ties to Bryan Singer's X-Men universe, and everything from now on will concern the X-Men: First Class team.
Here's what El Mayimbe posted on Instagram to reveal the rumor:
#RUMOR I'm being told that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE & WOLVERINE 3 will mark the end of the Bryan Singer X-MEN universe he started back in 2000. Makes sense since Hugh Jackman also said Wolverine 3 will be his last film playing Logan. The end of an era. #XMEN #APOCALYPSE #Wolverine #bryansinger #HughJackman
This sounds wholly plausible, if only because Hugh Jackman has talked about Wolverine 3 being his last outing as the adamantium claweed mutant (though he pulled the reins on that a bit too). At the same time, X-Men: Apocalypse is bringing in a whole slew of new mutants, some of them merely younger versions of mutants we've seen before like Cyclops, Jean Grye, Storm and Nightcrawler. That's the perfect way to set up the First Class franchise to continue and have plenty of mutants to keep the story going, even if it might be without Jennifer Lawrence, who is supposed to be done as Mystique after X-Men: Apocalypse.
That calls into question just how the X-Men franchise will continue after Apocalypse. There's a whole cast of mutants, but the crux of the films, besides a heavy focus on Wolverine, has been the complicated friendship between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). So those two would need to stick around to keep the franchise working best, not only for the story, but because of the starpower they bring, especially if both Lawrence and Jackman won't be around anymore. You can have as many mutants as you want, but you need some known talent to get more butts in the seats.
As for Wolverine, if this is going to be the end for any association with Bryan Singer's X-Men universe, then what's going to happen to Logan? As of the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he was set on a path to being involved with William Stryker (or at least Mystique as Stryker) in the 70s, but in the future, all was fine with the old timeline, with Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Cylcops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) alive and well. So what will happen with Wolverine this time that will bring his story to an end in both of these timelines?
It doesn't sound like Hugh Jackman is meant to have a big role in X-Men: Apocalypse, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with the character there. He could easily be killed in that timeline, or just disappear and be brought back later with a different actor (that will have to happen eventually). But what about Wolverine 3? We've heard the story might involve Wolverine and Professor X doing something together, but we've gotten no indication as to whether that will be in the 80s or in the future, and either one seems reasonable. There's a lot to figure out, but hopefully we'll get clarification soon. Thoughts?