Since the turn of the century, the name Wolverine has been near synonymous with Hugh Jackman. The Australian actor has owned the role since the release of X-Men in 2000, and had become the single most recognizable face from the entire X-Men cinematic franchise, making at least a cameo in almost every film released in the universe. The news that the actor would be retiring from the role following the upcoming Wolverine 3 no doubt leaves the hearts of many X-fans reeling as they try to imagine the future of the franchise without Jackman’s presence.
Still, there’s plenty to look forward to before the actor hangs his claws for good. Wolverine 3 aims to send Jackman's Wolvie off in a blaze of glory. On top of that, Bryan Singer had indicated that classic X-Men villain Mister Sinister will appear in the film. However, Wolverine 3 director James Mangold (who also helmed 2013's The Wolverine) is playing a different game for the time being.
Mangold addressed the Sinister report with a tweet on his official Twitter account, saying "Uh. Who is Mister Sinister? Sounds kinda corny. Please advise." No doubt though, fans have noticed that Mangold neither flat-out denied nor confirmed anything with his playful statement on the matter.
Is this all misdirection? Mangold knows better than anyone what will or will not be in Wolverine 3 - but if Mister Sinister is meant to be a "surprise" in the film then it's no surprise that Mangold doesn't want to confirm his presence. It could be that Mister Sinister’s alter ego, Nathaniel Essex, will be appearing in a pre-Mister Sinister format in Wolverine 3, perhaps leading to a full on Mister Sinister appearance in a future X-Men film. After all, the post-credits scene from X-Men: Apocalypse has already confirmed the existence of Essex Corp, the company run by Mister Sinister, as part of the X-Men cinematic universe.
While it would be disappointing if Mister Sinister doesn't show up in Wolverine 3 in some form now, we shouldn’t let that overshadow the fact that this will be Jackman’s last outing as the eponymous mutant. Whoever Wolverine eventually faces off against, it should be a memorable experience that will put a nice cap onto the actor’s tenure in the role. Mister Sinister would be a high note to go out on, to be sure, but perhaps a villain with Sinister’s stature would be better saved for the next main X-Men film installment instead.
Maybe it would be better if the Sinister arc played out over two or more films and we saw Essex take his villainous form against the entire X-Men team, not just Wolverine. Perhaps all we can expect is a brief glimpse or further tease in the Wolverine 3 post-credits sequence, with the villain to be given a proper treatment in another movie. There's sure to be more clarification coming sooner than later now, what with marketing for Wolverine 3 due to begin any day now.
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.
Source: James Mangold