Such is the durability and longevity of the Wolverine character (as well the public’s seemingly-total acceptance of Hugh Jackman in the role, as well as his ability to apparently age as little as possible) that the character of Wolverine continues to pop up in X-Men films. Both the primary franchise (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past), the prequel franchise (a cameo in X-Men: First Class), and his own spin-off franchise (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine). And because people keep paying for these things (despite the staggering blandness of X-Men: The Last Stand, the sheer atrociousness of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the general “eh, just stream it on Netflix on a boring Sunday” nature of The Wolverine), we now have a third Wolverine spin-off film coming.
The film’s treatment will be written by The Wolverine director James Mangold and, of course, Hugh Jackman will be returning as the titular muttonchoped hero. It is unclear as to whether Mangold will be returning to direct as well.
So, why the sequel? As /Film notes, while The Wolverine only scored a little over $130 million in the States, its worldwide box office amounted to a total just over $410 million, making it the second highest-grossing X-Men film in the franchise. Further, despite the remake-happy nature of the current movie industry, 20th Century Fox seems oddly married to Hugh Jackman in the role of Wolverine (until he finally ages out of the role, which will likely begin happening after this third Wolverine spin-off).
Until that happens, fans could look forward to seeing Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
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