Hugh Jackman Confirms X-Men Cameo in ‘The Wolverine’

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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

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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

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  1. I’m more looking forward to seeing the next group film(Days of Future Past)than Wolverines’ solo adventure. FOX still has to prove they can deliver a great X-Men movie before branching out into solo films. They can’t succeed on just Wolverine movies alone.

    • talk about contradicting yourself…

      • Try explaining yourself whenever your going to make a comment next time. Not doing so really doesn’t make you look too much like a bright person.

  2. Super happy but I don’t want any more spoiliers please. Those kill the experience.

    • Surely you would just skip the article if you don’t want spoilers. The title itself implies that there may be spoilers within.

  3. Sounds like they are going to work carbonadium into the story, since its one of the only things that dampens/fully negates healing factors to hurt wolverine or others like him.

    • This movie is going to provide the dominant concept of carbondium, smothering in importance all other narratives. It is the power of pop culture.

  4. This movie sounds better with each story that comes out. Can’t wait for the next steps in X-men movies.

  5. Meh idk I’m still on. The fence about this. I want it to be epic. But I’d rather reboot it.

    • I Understand But I Rather Move On From X3 And Try To Fix The Problem Than Running From It

      • Idk. There’s a lot of issues surrounding te fox xmen universe. I believe a fresh start with a good xmen origin story of the true original team would be a great cinematic adventure.

        Don’t get me wrong ill still be there for wolverine and days of future past and I’m sure ill enjoy like all the others. I hope they can fix the issues. I also say reboot cuz the cast isn’t getting younger. And cyclops was portrayed very wrong in these films. And jack mans time as wolverine has to be coming to a end at some point.

        • The Mighty Avenger,

          You summed up my thgouhts completely on the matter.Personally, I’m on the fence for “Days of Future Past”. I liked “First Class” more than I liked the other X-men films, and I wish it had been its own universe, rather than connected to Singer’s X-men movies (much like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy isn’t connected to Tim Burton’s movies). Maybe I’ll be proven wrong when it comes out, but I’m skeptical about this for now.

          Mr. Glass

  6. Really looking forward to this, quite like James Mangold as a director to, can’t be any worse than that awful origins film!

  7. “…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.”

    Am I the only one who thinks of that Leech kid from X-Men 3?

    • Muramasa Blade….

    • Rogue from the first X-Men?

  8. Why is everyone assuming the “way to hurt him” is physical? If you’re read the story it’s based on, Logan gets hurt in other ways

    • Emotionally or psychologically perhaps?

      • Didnt they kill his wife in the wolverind origins? What more can u do?

        • **SPOILER ALERT**

          Logan falls in love with a Japanese woman in the Wolverine story but she turns out to be a Yakuza boss’ daughter plus he has an assassin that acts as his ally but betrays him.

          It ends with his new Japanese wife being killed during a struggle if I remember correctly (haven’t read it since earlier this year).

          • Not quite. Your first paragraph is right Dazz.

            The miniseries itself ends on a very positive note. Uncanny X-men 172 and 173 directly continues the story, but doesn’t end so well. His fiance Mariko does not die, at least until much later in the ongoing Wolverine series.

          • Right, so a woman he loved died… Its seems to happen on a regular basis for wolverine.. Heck in x3 he had to kill her himself. So what other mutant that can negate his healing factor is something i can buy or that carbonadium angle were via tech it makes him heal normally.. Might be why hes gotta learn to use a samurai sword cus he cant take damage.

  9. Maybe Magneto will show up and rip the adamantium from his bones?

    • Isn’t there a picture released that shows him with bone claws? Interesting, and maybe they’ll do the Onslaughter story a some point in the X-Universe?

    • OMG OMG OMG…. I hope so!!!

    • Please no more Magneto….

  10. It’s me. It’s gotta be me…

  11. No!!! It’s me, dammit!

    • Remember, I’m still alive.

      • You´re alive in a human body. So: no telepathy.

        Fun fact: the patient who Xavier transfers his mind into was planned to be Peter Xavier, Charles´ brother.

        • wait, dont you mean his stepbrother? The JUGGERNAUT? or did he have an actual blood brother, which I missed

        • If they continued with Charles in his bro’s body, he’d still have the powers. They’d just say the body has the same genetic makeup as him but was brain dead until he transferred his mind into it.

  12. He means Silver Samurai and the Muramasa Blade.

    • …or it could be the embarrassing pain of Wolverine Origins returning as a villain.

    • Silver Samurai was never part of the X men.

      • Yes I know, wasn’t talking about the cameo he used one of the Murmasa Blades against Wolverine.

  13. Hugh Jackman has Hi-Jacked the wolverine character.. Your time is up Buddy.

    • any suggestions as to who could be the new wolverine?

      • They should look for an accomplished actor with some depth and the necessary physicality to him – how about Channing Tatum? ;-)

    • I don’t see how he’s hijacked the role since he was cast at the last minute when Dougray Scott left. Jackman has just made the best of the situation and managed to become a decent box office draw. Being the only one to appear in all the movies just comes down to his willingness to stay involved with the franchise.

      When he does step down I really don’t know who people think they are going to discover that is going to make everyone happy, so there will always be some unhappy fans.

  14. How does everyone keep up with all these comic characters? There are so many.

  15. I want it to be Cyclops from the past, that would be edgy ;)