If a rumor that was recently brought to life by Latino Review’s Umberto Gonzales – a.k.a. “El Mayimbe” – on last week’s episode of the YouTube show Marvel Movie News is to be believed, the next solo silver screen adventure of Wolverine could take the adamantium-clawed mutant superhero several decades into the future.
Gonzales suggested that the Marvel Comics miniseries Wolverine: Old Man Logan, which ran for eight issues from June 2008 to September 2009, might possibly serve as the source material for Hugh Jackman‘s final on-screen solo bow as Wolverine.
Check out the video below to hear Gonzales discuss the rumor. The Wolverine portion begins at 39:15.
Old Man Logan, which was written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven, takes place in a desolate future where the villains of the Marvel Universe have banded together and taken complete control of America. Logan has carved out (pun intended) a decent life for himself and his wife and children in a territory controlled by the incest-produced offspring of the Hulk and She-Hulk, but he is forced to take a job delivering a mysterious package with the help of a blind Clint Barton. Since the villains conquered the U.S., Logan has vowed never again to use his claws, but naturally that is not bound to last.
Among the additional Marvel characters that figure into the events of Old Man Logan are the villains Magneto, the Abomination, Dr. Doom, the Red Skull, and Mysterio. S.H.I.E.L.D. plays a role in the story, as does Captain America’s shield. 20th Century Fox owns Magneto and Dr. Doom as part of their deal with Marvel Comics, but the rest of the characters would have to be switched out for viable substitutes in order to avoid unwanted legal entanglements with Marvel and Disney.
James Mangold, who directed Jackman in 2013’s stellar The Wolverine, is set to return for the third movie, while Michael Green (Green Lantern) is currently penning the script. Having Green on scripting duties isn’t going to inspire much confidence from my direction, considering that the infinitely more talented Christopher McQuarrie and Scott Frank contribute to the screenplay for The Wolverine.
Jackman will be 47 this October and in recent years has been broadening his acting horizons with impressive performances in adult-oriented fare such as Les Misérables (for which he received his first Academy Award nomination) and Prisoners. Back in March, he indicated in an Instagram post that the next Wolverine solo film would be the last time he played the iconic Marvel badass. Playing the character made him famous, but it’s getting time to move on and allow for a younger actor to take the role and see if he can measure up to the standards Jackman set when he made his first appearance as the amnesiac Logan in 2000’s Bryan Singer-directed blockbuster hit X-Men.
Millar currently serves as a creative consultant for Fox’s Marvel Comics properties, so it’s not unthinkable to suspect that adapting Old Man Logan into the third solo Wolverine feature was at least partly his idea. If done right, this could allow for Jackman to depart the character and franchise that made him a movie star in the grandest of styles. At the moment this remains merely a rumor.
The untitled third Wolverine movie currently has a March 3, 2017 release date, but in the meantime Jackman could potentially make his next appearance as Logan in X-Men: Apocalypse, scheduled to open on May 27, 2016.