2016 promises to be an epic year for the X-Men franchise. For the first time in the history of the series, 20th Century Fox will release three films, with Deadpool arriving first in February, X-Men: Apocalypse kicking off in May, and Channing Tatum's Gambit wrapping things up in October. That doesn't mean there will be any kind of lull. Wolverine 3 has already been given a March 2017 release date. And today, director James Mangold confirmed that the movie will shoot in the early half of next year,

The Wolverine 3 script is still in development, and we haven't heard any official plot details as of yet. Patrick Stewart has teased that his version of Professor X will team up with Logan in this latest adventure. And star Hugh Jackman, who will be reprising his role for an 8th time (though that number could reach 11 depending on how many 2016 FRnas8zP7GDWqw|X-Men movies he appears in), has done nothing to silence that team-up. Early rumors indicated Logan may die in this final chapter of the Wolverine trilogy, with Hugh Jackman set to retire the character and hand it over to someone else. That may not happen though, as the actor recently stated that he wants to play the mutant until he, himself, dies.

James Mangold is returning to direct Wolverine 3 after finding much critical and fan success with 2013's The Wolverine. It is not currently known if there is a certain Marvel comics arc that this particular adventure will follow, or what other new Mutants might show up to fight alongside Logan and Charles Xavier. In support of his recent film Chappie, Hugh Jackman has hinted that he may next show up in both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. Here is James Mangold's original tweet:

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