The untitled Wolverine sequel is the X-men franchise’s ninth instalment, and will unfortunately mark the end of Hugh Jackman’s highly successful 17-year era as the iconic mutant character.
Jackman’s career truly took off in 2000 when he made his first large-scale blockbuster appearance as Logan, shredding the movie scene ever since.
And while the Jackman legacy may be drawing to an end, X-men is breaking new grounds, becoming the first R-rated Wolverine film. This means that we can expect some seriously graphic stuff, with Logan’s Adamantium claws lashing everywhere, leaving nothing but blood and brilliance.
Alongside Jackman, Patrick Stewart’s long-standing character, ‘Professor X’, may also see the last light of day in the upcoming Wolverine.
In an interview with ITV’s Adam Fowler, Stewart sadly stated: “I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me.” However, if, like me, you’re an enthusiast who’s unwilling to accept the end and thinks it’s always important to be a bearer of hope, Stewart positively continued to say that “the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it’s the end.”
While official plot details remain undisclosed for the time being, there have been many rumours indicating the film will take place in a distant future, following both Logan and Professor X on an unknown quest.
Stewart added in his interview that we can expect to see a “very different Charles Xavier… nothing like the Charles Xavier you’ve seen in the past.” What this actually means remains a mystery. Speculations have also raised the idea that the two could join forces with a young mutant known as ‘X-23’, a female Wolverine clone who may be introduced to assume the missing role in future X-Men films.
Calling a wrap after finishing shoots in New Mexico, producer Simon Kinberg compared the film to the likes of a western – something very different to the original Wolverine’s Japanese counterpart. However, this is far from reason to be alarmed. Director James Mangold’s previous work on 3:10 to Yuma heavily reassures us that an outstanding R-rated western can be transcended upon our screens.
Although uncommon for celebrities to film themselves at the barber, in honour of his farewell to Logan and the character’s quintessential mutton chops, Jackman shared a video of himself shaving off the dazzling Wolverine sideburns for the last time, via social media. Sadly, this is further proof that it will indeed be his last X-Men appearance.
Jackman has good reason to leave the X-men cast.
In an interview last year, the Aussie revealed the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain the Wolverine’s peak physique, teasing: “it was a gut feeling… I don’t know how many more egg white omelettes I can eat.”
But in all seriousness, the 47-year-old has been keeping a strict and strenuous diet and workout routine for close to two decades now. After the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jackman explained how “it’s absolutely physically demanding”, performing 2.5 hours of hard training each day alongside a strict diet in preparation for the role. And here I am, lounging in my snug armchair with a packet of chips and a soda, writing away. Maybe I’ll change. Maybe I’ll stop eating junk food. Maybe I’ll go workout. I can be as ripped as Hugh! Actually, nah, these chips are just too good.
The next chapter of The Wolverine will be released on March 3, 2017 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D.