While things on the TV end of FOX’s X-Men realm are starting to look very interesting, many fans have probably forgotten about a small production arriving next year, tentatively titled Wolverine 3 (or not). The final installment of the trilogy marks Hugh Jackman’s last appearance in adamantium claws. Logan’s last bow, at least in present form, will also have a decidedly different flavor compared to previous outings.
In an interview with ITV (via Coming Soon), Stewart delved into his latest turn as the X-leader. Now in his seventh round as Professor X, the classically trained British thesp and former Starfleet captain claimed that the Xavier fans know and love won't be the one they experience in Wolverine 3. Stewart said he’ll be a “very different Charles Xavier... nothing like the Charles Xavier you've seen in the past.”
Stewart also discussed the possibility of returning to the role, saying it could also be his final outing as the character as well:
“I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it's the end, it's over.”
Stewart could be referring to Professor X’s ultimate end during the final Wolverine outing, or he could simply be referring to his own exit from the the series. During the interview, he also mentions his previous death in X-Men: The Last Stand, saying:
“Yes. I have [died before]. Jean Grey vaporized me. From which you would think there would be no return. But watch out in March. I’m going to be back.”
From what little we’ve learned about the seemingly grim triad-ender, Wolverine 3 looks to be pieced together from aspects of the Mark Millar-scripted Old Man Logan story arc and the Death of Wolverine, in a futuristic setting. The cast of baddies are rumored to include the Reavers and the Weapon X facility, including a possible appearance by Mister Sinister. Fortunately, Professor X will lend a hand to Logan in his troubles, which may include watching after a young X-23.
With all these elements in place, the Wolverine finale has the potential to become a sweeping, action-packed adventure. James Mangold’s second run at the character ought to be an epic send-off for the beloved antihero. Whether or not this truly is the last we see of either Jackman or Stewart in an X-Men film remains to be seen. One thing's for sure, it's unlikely that Wolverine will just fade into the background at FOX Studios.
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.