'The Wolverine 3' May Really Be Hugh Jackman's Last 'X-Men' Movie
Nearly a year ago, Hugh Jackman indicated that the sequel to The Wolverine (which we can basically say is Wolverine 3 if we count X-Men Origins) may be his last time putting on the claws as the nearly invincible mutant he's been playing since X-Men in 2000. But the next month, he pulled back the reins a bit saying he was less sure of that sentiment as time went on. Since then, he's been said to be in talks for the next solo Wolverine movie and even an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse (though maybe not a key role like in Days of Future Past). Jackman was even quoted last month as saying he wanted to play Wolverine until he died. But a new post from the actor on Instagram seems to indicate otherwise now. Look below!
Here's what Hugh Jackman posted through his Instagram account, and the message seems clear:
Aside from the fact that he's wearing the Wolverine claws, let's take notice of the fact that he only has them out on one hand. That's three claws, one claw for each Wolverine movie. Now this doesn't necessarily mean that Jackman won't pop up in X-Men: Apocalypse, but maybe this is Jackman's way of saying this will be his last solo outing as Wolverine (which we've heard may involve Patrick Stewart as Professor X somehow). We thought Wolverine would now be an integral part of the new timeline that starts in the past after Days of Future Past, but this throws all that into question.
Still, the main takeaway here is that Jackman is ready to lay down the claws. This will truly be the end of an era. While Fox has come to rely a little too much on Jackman's star power and appeal as Wolverine on the big screen, you can't deny that he has consistently been one of the best parts of the primary X-Men franchise, even if the solo films have left something to be desired. Here's hoping that The Wolverine 3 is a good send-off for Jackman as Logan and doesn't leave fans shrugging indifferently. As of now 20th Century Fox has The Wolverine 3 slated for release on March 3rd, 2017. Stay tuned to see what happens.