The road to an action movie is often one paved with strict diets, long days, and what seems like even longer workouts. Actors and actresses go above and beyond to craft their physique into something worthy of the god-like beings we see within the pages of comics, and one of the men who has been keeping that up for the long haul is Hugh Jackman. The Wolverine 3 actor is preparing for his final turn as Logan, having arguably defined the character for years now; which is something of a feat considering that Jackman has at least a foot and some change on Wolverine’s actual height in the original comic books.
This week, Jackman once again gave fans a look into his grueling workout routine by sharing a new video on Facebook. It’s a far cry from a fanservicey shirtless workout, focusing instead on the intensity of Jackman’s routine as he wraps up his push-up reps in order to keep in tip-top shape as filming on Wolverine 3 (not the official title) continues.
Few details are known about what actually happens in Wolverine 3 at the moment, outside of the fact that it will be Jackman’s final film as the character and that it may draw inspiration from the Old Man Logan series of comics. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but the eight-issue miniseries by Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven follows the character into some of the more interesting corners of his psyche. In the story, which is set 50 years in the future, Logan takes on a collection of villains who have banded together to destroy all superheroes.
On that note – here’s said video of Jackman working out, to make sure he stays in tip-top shape for Wolverine 3:
Unfortunately, details like story line and other elements have yet to be confirmed. What’s definite is that at 47 years old, Jackman is pretty young for a fully-accurate Old Man Wolverine story, so a full adaptation of it is dicey. Still, Jackman has been carrying the claws for over 15 years, and the role is arguably one of his most famous. With a score from The Neon Demon‘s Cliff Martinez to back him, it’s up to director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) to guide the story. Mangold is no stranger to working with Jackman, though the quality of his directorial work on 2013’s The Wolverine is open to debate for some fans.
With that in mind, hopes are high for Wolverine 3. There’s natural tension among fans surrounding Jackman’s exit from the X-Men universe after arguably being part of it for consistently the longest amount of time. How the exit will be handled, and where the story of Wolverine goes from here — some suspect that X-23 will be filling the claws soon enough — remains yet to be seen.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), March 2nd, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and June 29th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.
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