An R-Rated X-Men film was the first superhero movie to open in theaters this year (see Deadpool) and history will repeat itself next year, when director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman’s R-Rated Wolverine 3 arrives on the scene. Similar to how Mangold and Jackman’s The Wolverine resembles a modern neo-Noir adventure and loosely adapts Chris Claremont’s famous Japan-set Wolverine comic book story, Wolverine 3 (its official title TBA) has been described as a genre movie of sorts; a hard-edged, futuristic neo-western that appears to be loosely adapting elements from writer Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic book series, to be exact.
With a March 2017 theatrical release date scheduled and filming having wrapped in New Mexico back around mid-August, Wolverine 3 is moving along steadily and ought to be starting its marketing campaign sooner rather than later now. Mangold has teased just that now through his Twitter account, indicating that the arrival of either the first official Wolverine 3 image, an official title (see those Weapon X subtitle rumors) and/or the film’s teaser trailer is imminent.
Mangold Tweeted back in August, after filming on Wolverine 3 had wrapped, that he is “Working on it every day in edit room,” adding that “You’ll hear and see things very soon.” More recently, the filmmaker once again teased that marketing for Wolverine 3 is right around the corner, saying that “Things will start bubbling out from under the lid very soon.” An official trailer has yet to be classified for the X-Men feature at the time of writing this, but that could (and should) change any day now.
20th Century Fox, the studio behind the entire X-Men cinematic universe, has multiple opportunities to start building hype for Wolverine 3 over the remaining months of 2016. It’s plausible that a teaser for the film could even arrive as soon as the end of September, when Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which Fox is also distributing) hits theaters. A preview for the third Wolverine solo movie will almost undoubtedly screen with prints of fellow superhero comic book adaptation Doctor Strange in theaters this November, given the overlap in their target demographic. Lastly, before this year is done, Fox will release the Assassin’s Creed film adaptation – and most likely, a new Wolverine 3 trailer with it.
Buzz surrounding Wolverine 3 is relatively low at the moment ahead of marketing starting, but that should change – seeing as the superhero film is an “event” is and of itself. Not only is the movie serving as the last outing for the Hugh Jackman version of the adamantium-clawed Logan, but also (in all likelihood) the final X-Men movie to feature Patrick Stewart as the elderly Professor X. Jackman and Stewart have been key players in the live-action X-Men films since Bryan Singer’s first installment hit theaters in 2000, so the end of their run on the franchise will certainly be an occasion worth commemorating for longtime X-fans.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.