With the help of 3D ticket prices, this summer's The Wolverine became the second-highest grossing X-Men film at the box office. The Hugh Jackman starrer, a quasi-sequel-in-denial to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played strongly overseas, proving that franchise poster boy Jackman has still got it.
It's no surprise he's also the star of next summer's super team-up X-Men: Days of Future Past, but while rumors pointed a pricey multi-picture deal in the works for the Aussie actor to keep Jackman coming back for more, we haven't had a clear idea of where he's going next or where Fox is taking the X-Men franchise until now.
We know that Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) is working on a script for another team-up called X-Force which will star five X-Men characters and we know that after X-Men: Days of Future Past there will likely be a third installment in the First Class trilogy for Bryan Signer and Matthew Vaughn, but where does that leave Hugh Jackman? There's potential to have him included in both of the above-mentioned films, but there's also interest in having him do another Wolverine film, according to Deadline's sources who claim that Mangold is in negotiations to develop another Wolverine movie.
And it's of no surprise to us. While Jackman told us repeatedly it's tough to maintain the gruesome workout and diet regiment to stay in mutant hero shape, he truly loves the character. From what The Wolverine director James Mangold in the video above told us at Comic-Con, he's also passionate about the character and told us he's interested in doing another if the right opportunity arose. So, if he and Jackman are in talks for another solo outing (can't have Wolverine with Jackman), that would mean Fox is interesting in greenlighting another standalone feature where Mangold and company have the "sense of freedom" to do something unique and different.
What this also means is that Jackman is indeed keen on continuing to play the character and being a part of the future of the franchise. It means X-Men: Days of Future Past is not the end of his journey and he could be back for more. How much more remains to be see. Considering James Mangold seemingly didn't love the idea of Fox including a mid-credits button scene to tease X-Men: Days of Future Past and was most interested in telling a standalone character story, it's safe to assume that they can do whatever they want in the next Logan adventure. Deadline claims that Mangold's writing the first treatment so by all indications, it's his story.
What story from the comics would you like to see Wolverine 3 tackle? Should another Wolverine come after or before X-Force and First Class 3? Is Deadpool that much less likely to happen now?
- Wolverine set interview with Hugh Jackman
- Wolverine Producer Explains What’s Required For Another Sequel
- Hugh Jackman Hints At ‘Old Man Logan’ Story Elements
The Wolverine releases hits home video December 3, 2013 and today Fox and iTunes announced a free tie-in app for iOS devices, which includes 50+ pages of interactive content and a few teases look into the future.
X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens March 6, 2015
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