It was with great regret that Hugh Jackman told fans a little while ago that Wolverine 3 would be his last turn at the mutant hero who’s the best at what he does. The news was understandable just the same though because by the time that Wolverine 3 will be release, Jackman will have played the part for nearly 20 years. Wolverine maybe ageless, but Jackman is not, and since he’s a talented actor, he’s probably interested in doing more with his time, career and clout than playing an angry berserker with metal claws every couple of years. So with all that in mind, what could Wolverine 3 possibly be about? What would make a satisfying endgame for Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine? Your comic collection may have the answer and it’s called Old Man Logan.
The graphic novel, which was created by Mark Miller and Steve McNiven the duo behind Civil War, tells a possible future tale of Logan, who lives in Hulk controlled territory with his family in a world ruled by super-villains and where all the other heroes are dead or in hiding. When old man Hawkeye asks Wolverine to help him deliver a package to the other side of America, he accepts despite having lived for years without using his claws so that he can atone for his sins. But the simple delivery job sets Logan on a course to redemption with many unexpected turns.
According to Heroic Hollywood‘s El Mayimbe, this is the plot that Wolverine 3 will be based on.
While appearing on Popcorn Talk, El Mayimbe revealed this news adding “It’s a rumor, not confirmed. I’m still looking into it.” The man is typically very reliable on these matters, so I expect there’s some truth to the rumor, even if it is just one of a number of plots being considered. Not much has been revealed about the third Wolverine solo movie so far, except that we know it will be directed by The Wolverine filmmaker James Mangold and that it was a release date of March 3, 2017. Principal photography will likely begin sometime later this year, or early in 2016.
As for adapting Old Man Logan, it’s an inspired choice. It will give Jackman the perfect swan song as Wolverine, and since it’s set in the future, the filmmakers can do whatever the wish and not have to worry about that complicated X-Movie continuity they’re setting up should they want to recast the part once Jackman retires. Obviously, they won’t be able to use a lot of those Marvel characters like Hawkeye and the Hulk, but there are more than enough mutants across 55 years of X-Men comics to compensate. Maybe they can conflate Old Man Logan with the equally dystopic Age of Apocalypse, the the titular character of which I believe is being introduced in an X-Men movie next summer…
We’ll have more news about Wolverine 3 as it becomes available.