Director Bryan Singer is currently crafting the story for his highly-anticipated sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, with Oscar Isaac already set to play the title villain. All we know so far about the story is that it's set in the 1980s and that it will end the trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. During an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Hugh Jackman teased that his beloved mutant character Wolverine may be back for this 80s period piece, while hinting at plans for Wolverine 3, saying that everything will be integrated. Does that mean X-Men: Apocalypse will directly tie into Wolverine 3?
"I have been speaking to the guys, and I'm not at liberty to tell exactly what's going on, which is largely framing my answer here. But there's still a lot unknown about that, actually. There are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie. There's some really cool things going on."
We already know that, since X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 1980s, the production will re-cast iconic roles like Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops. However, it seems unlikely they will re-cast Wolverine, since Hugh Jackman has already been seen "in the past" during a brief X-Men: First Class scene and also in the 2009 adventure X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's also worth noting that the actor revealed in May that he may shoot both X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 back-to-back. When asked about the status of Wolverine 3, the actor revealed that he and writer David James Kelly are currently working on the story.
"(We're) working on it really hard. I'm very, very excited about that, actually."
It seems completely plausible that X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 will be shot back-to-back, but that plan has not yet been confirmed by 20th Century Fox. Hugh Jackman also revealed in April that he is "99.9% sure" that Wolverine 3 will be his last performance as the popular mutant Logan. We'll have to wait and see if that's true, but by the time Wolverine 3 hits theaters in 2017, the actor will have played Logan for a whopping 17 years, spanning eight separate films. Will you be sad if Hugh Jackman actually retires as Wolverine? Chime in with your thoughts below.