It has long been confirmed that 20th Century Fox's Wolverine 3 will be Hugh Jackman's last time playing Wolverine, after a successful 16-year stretch that started with 2000's X-Men. Very little is known about the plot of Wolverine 3, but one of the most consistent rumors is that the story will be at least partially adapted from the iconic comic book dubbed Old Man Logan, where Logan loses his mutant abilities and finally starts to age. Production got under way earlier this month, and while we still don't have any confirmation regarding the Old Man Logan story line, new photos of the actor seem to hint that may be the case.
The Daily Mail spotted Hugh Jackman in New York City over the weekend, doing some shopping with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. The actor is seen sporting a "salt-and-pepper" beard with noticeable patches of gray, which some may think is a hint that Wolverine 3 could be partially based on the Old Man Logan story line. The actor also recently shared a photo of himself on Instagram, where he's reading a book entitled The Gene, which also shows off his facial hair.
Written by Mark Millar with art from Steve McNiven, the Old Man Logan arc is infamous for its extreme action. The Marvel Comics saga was published in June 2008 and ran through September 2009, spread across the pages of Wolverine #66 through #72, along with Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan. The plot follows an aging Logan in a distant post-apocalyptic future. Magneto, Dr. Doom, and the Red Skull have divided the dystopian United States amongst themselves after the X-Men team comes to a mysterious end. With a wife and two children, Logan has abandoned his Wolverine persona, and refuses to ever extract his claws again.
Given that Wolverine 3 will be the actor's final portrayal of Logan, many believe that the Old Man Logan story is a perfect fit for his franchise finale. The comic book is incredibly violent, and it was recently confirmed that the movie will be R-rated, with 20th Century Fox already setting a March 3, 2017 release date. James Mangold is directing from a script by David James Kelley. Producer Simon Kinberg recently confirmed the movie will be set in the future, which could be another hint that they're tackling the Old Man Logan story.
Hugh Jackman will be joined by Patrick Stewart as Professor X, along with a slew of new cast members. Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Eriq La Salle have recently joined the cast, and there have been rumors that the sequel is casting for the X-23 role, a mutant clone of Wolverine in the comics. The post credit scene in X-Men: Apocalypse features a comic book character dubbed Mister Sinister, who is seen stealing a vial with Wolverine's blood, which some speculate may be used to create X-23 in Wolverine 3. While we wait for more details on Wolverine 3, take a look at these photos below, and let us know what you think about this Old Man Logan theory.