by Justin Cook
With Deadpool, Gambit and X-Men: Apocalypse all slated for release in 2016, it is oftentimes easy to forget that the X-Men franchise also will be releasing a third Wolverine spin-off film in the future.
On top of Wolverine 3 marking Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine, another fan-favorite character from the X-Men franchise may be returning for the film.
During a recent interview with Oregon Live, none other than Patrick Stewart, Professor X himself, made some very interesting comments regarding the film, saying, “What I’m excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of X-Men from the four that I’ve done.”
Professor X joining Wolverine in his next adventure could make for a really great film. However, if Professor X is returning, it also raises the question if other characters from the original X-Men trilogy would return as well.
Presumably, Wolverine 3 will be set in the timeline shown at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which includes characters such as Storm (Halle Berry), Cyclops (James Marsden), Rogue (Anna Paquin), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), so it does not seem entirely impossible that more than a few characters will also return alongside Professor X.
The first Wolverine solo film was released in 2009, with Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film that was panned by both fans and critics. 2013’s The Wolverine saw a bit more acclaim from critics, and introduced director James Mangold to the series. Mangold will also be helming Wolverine 3, with David James Kelly attached to write the script.
Wolverine 3 has been set for a March 3, 2017 release date, meaning that although it will be quite some time before we see Wolverine in his own film once again, don’t rule out seeing him make an appearance in one of the many upcoming X-Men projects.
Source: Oregon Live