The next Wolverine standalone will be Hugh Jackman’s last turn as the character (and if rumors are to be believed, may also be the final installment of this X-Men continuity).
By the time that movie is released, Jackman will have played the iconic character for well over a decade and a half, so his final appearance is going to be nothing short of historic.
At Comic-Con earlier this year, the actor teased Old Man Logan as the inspiration for the upcoming film. The comic book miniseries is set decades into the future, and featured a dark, alternate setting in which the United States has been conquered by various supervillains, who have divvied up the territory between them. I’m not sure how fitting of an end that would be for the X-Men series as a whole, but it certainly sounds like ripe material for one final Wolverine story.
So who will be showing up for the Wolverine’s ride into the sunset?
In a recent interview with Collider, Patrick Stewart confirmed that Professor X will be in it, and he won’t just be showing up for a cameo.
“There is a project in development,” he said. “I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me… And the idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great! So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.”
Where does Professor X fit in the original comic?
Professor X isn’t a major character in Old Man Logan, so if he’s in the movie version, they’re obviously making some big changes (although I think we’re all already assuming that).
That being said, the original comic heavily featured Hawkeye, a character that Fox can’t use, so it’s possible that Xavier will fill a similar role.
When will we be seeing Wolverine 3?
The current plan is for a March 3, 2017 release date, so it’s possible that we’ll get to see the character in action one or two more times before then.