With Les Misérables about to hit theaters worldwide next week and the recent confirmation that he’ll be joining the cast of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Hugh Jackman has plenty of high profile work surrounding his next solo outing as his career-defining character, The Wolverine. Touted as a standalone film, the more we learn about the quasi-sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the more it seems to tie-in to the character’s past in the previous X-movies and potentially, the upcoming films.

Hugh Jackman, the poster boy of Twentieth Century Fox’s prized Marvel franchise, has managed to find his way into every X-Men movie to date, including X-Men: First Class with a brief cameo. Arguably a necessity and certainly an expectation of fans for the series, there have been the obligatory rumors and speculation of a similar cameo for another character appearing in The Wolverine, and Jackman flat out confirmed that to be true.

In chatting with Bleeding Cool, Jackman teased not only a familiar cameo appearance, but also a key plot point about his mutant abilities potentially ceasing to function.

“You want to get me into trouble, don’t you? [laughs] Okay, the movie takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand. My character is at his lowest. He is supposed to be able to heal himself, but he may encounter someone who has worked out a way to really hurt him. And there is a cameo from one of the past X-Men in it.”

Jackman confirmed to us directly at last year’s Comic-Con that the villain of The Wolverine would be the Silver Samurai, as it should be based on the comics that the film is based on, and that character’s mutant ability allows him to charge his sword to cut through any type of material except adamantium, for which Logan’s skeleton is encased in. So, it could be that if Will Yun Lee’s character is a mutant in the film, his abilities could potentially be altered/enhanced so he can cut through adamantium, or the antagonist(s) of the story find another way to make Logan a little less immortal.

In their live chat with Marvel.com last month, Jackman and director James Mangold did make a point of emphasizing that the villains of this film find ways to get to Wolverine that we’ve not seen in any of the other X-Men movies to date. With writer Christopher McQuarrie telling us last week that his original script for The Wolverine included no other mutants, it’s also possible that this method of hindering Wolverine’s healing factor could be non-mutant.

Maybe he’ll lose his hand and become some variation of the Weapon X version of Wolverine from the Age of Apocalypse storyline in Marvel Comics, with the limb replaced by a stump. They could certainly tie that into an alternate future we’re likely going to see in Days of Future Past

As for the cameo from the X-Men franchise, there have been rumors swirling for some time that Famke Janssen was spotted on set and would be making a cameo appearance as Jean Grey. Whether that’s a flashback to his love for the now-dead character or some interesting tie-in to tease X-Men: Days of Future Past the following year – which Jackman is now confirmed to be a part of – we’ll have to wait and see.

The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold off of Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. It stars Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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Source: Bleeding Cool