During Comic-Con earlier this month, Hugh Jackman dropped by 20th Century Fox's Hall H panel, where he confirmed, once again, that Wolverine 3 will be the last time he plays the iconic Logan character. 20th Century Fox has set a March 3, 2017 release date, with James Mangold returning to the helm after directing 2013's The Wolverine. Earlier today, Hugh Jackman posted new teaser art for Wolverine 3, which features the actor holding up just one of his adamantium claws, with the hashtag #OneLastTime. The actor also reached out to fans, asking them to tell him what they want to see in Wolverine 3, in 50 words or less.
"My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I'll read as many as I can."
No story details have been given yet, but it was rumored that the beloved comic book story line Old Man Logan would be used for this superhero movie. That theory was shot down last month. The Old Man Logan comic was created in 2008 by writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven, and followed Logan after he retires as a superhero to travel across the United States. On his final road trip, he encounters several Marvel villains. The comic features a number of characters who are controlled by Marvel Studios, and not 20th Century Fox, such as Hawkeye, Hulk, She-Hulk, Kingpin and Red Skull, which would make the adaptation problematic.
Before Wolverine 3, though, it's possible that Hugh Jackman could pop up in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is currently filming in Montreal. The actor and director Bryan Singer, who first cast him as Wolverine for 2000's X-Men, had a cryptic conversation during the SDCC panel, where the director mentioned that Hugh Jackman has appeared in every X-Men movie so far, although he is not currently slated to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse. It's possible that all could change, though, and we may see a cameo appearance from the actor when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters next May.
Michael Green signed on in April to write the Wolverine 3 screenplay, with production on the superhero movie expected to begin in early 2016. Hugh Jackman's epic 15-year run as Wolverine includes 2000's X-Men, 2003's X2: X-Men United, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2011's X-Men: First Class, 2013's The Wolverine and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hopefully we find out more about the Wolverine 3 story soon, to learn how the actor plans to cap off his run as this iconic character.
It is believed that Wolverine 3 and next year's X-Men: Apocalypse will be the final movies in the current X-Men franchise, but there is the possibility of a spinoff with another franchise. Bryan Singer recently admitted that 20th Century Fox is mulling the possibility of crossing over the X-Men series with the rebooted Fantastic Four. It was rumored that the filmmaker was being sought to direct The Fantastic Four 2, set for a 2017 release, which would lead into this X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover. While we wait for more details on the crossover, check out the Wolverine 3 art below.