Part of the appeal of Wolverine as a superhero is that he’s effectively ageless, able to be dropped into various scenarios across the X-Men continuum without having to account for why he’s always basically the same guy. But Hugh Jackman, the actor who’s portrayed the character across the entirety of the X-Men movie franchise thus far, is all too human – which has added an extra later of anticipation to his third Wolverine solo turn, as many believe it likely to be his last turn in the role that made him a star.
The film is currently shooting in Louisiana, where candid snapshots may have revealed a new look at the hero’s next incarnation.
The snaps, which can be viewed on the movie gossip site Just Jared, show Jackman exiting a car in a disheveled suit and sporting a full grey-peppered beard – far removed from Wolverine’s typical look in the earlier films. While the context of the scene can’t be discerned, the shots themselves will likely be added (along with a separate report from yesterday) to a growing pile of evidence cited by fans hoping that the third and final Wolverine film will adapt the fan-favorite storyline Old Man Logan as part of its plot.
While no one involved in the production of the X-Men films has yet confirmed that Old Man Logan is making (or would ever make) its way into the world of the films, the 2008 miniseries by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven has long been considered likely for adaptation, since its conceit of being set in the far future and featuring a physically-aged Wolverine would seem to offer a potential answer to Jackman’s ability to reprise the role despite advancing age. However, a direct adaptation would not be possible as much of the story revolves around supporting characters from the broader Marvel canon outside of the X-Men universe.
Originally set on an alternate Earth (later folded into the “real” Marvel continuity by the events of Secret Wars), the storyline involved a dystopian future scenario where Marvel supervillains had conquered and/or killed most of the heroes and divided the world up among themselves; and where Logan had given up the Wolverine name and refused to fight after having been tricked into murdering the other X-Men. Hawkeye, The Hulk, The Red Skull and other non-X-Men characters all played significant roles in the main story, which would thusly require significant changes in order to become the spine of a feature.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now playing in theaters. 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.
Source: Just Jared