Last month, 20th Century Fox debuted the third trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which revealed quite the surprise for longtime fans of the franchise. The final scene features Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) telling Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) that they had some "help". The very last shot showcases the unmistakable Adamantium claw of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). This was the first time we got confirmation of Logan's appearance in the sequel. Today, we have even more details from director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg.
Hugh Jackman has either starred in or put in a cameo appearance in every X-Men movie since the franchise was launched in 2000, with the sole exception of Deadpool. Although the actor and his iconic character were referenced several times in that movie. When the X-Men: Apocalypse cast and crew appeared at Comic Con, they were introduced by Hugh Jackman, and a cryptic conversation between the actor and director Bryan Singer hinted that he would put in an appearance in the latest mutant adventure. Last month, just after the third trailer debuted, the filmmaker teased that Wolverine has an important role in X-Men: Apocalypse. And in a new interview with Hey U Guys, he confirms that this version of Wolverine is unlike any we've seen before, after he has come out of the Weapon X program.
"What's really nice about his cameo is that he's the Wolverine you've never seen before. He's truly Weapon X. Not just the guy coming out of the tank, but the weapon."
X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the year 1983, and the trailer revealed that at least part of the movie is set at the Alkalai Lake facility where Wolverine went through the Weapon X program. The movie will also feature the first meeting between Wolverine and a teenage Jean Grey, portrayed by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. Writer-producer Simon Kinberg revealed that they considered multiple approaches to putting Wolverine in this story, but he added that there was no pressure to include him.
"There were a lot of different versions. I didn't feel pressured to put Wolverine in this movie because I feel like there's so many great characters in the X-Men Universe that we probably could have made a movie without Wolverine and it still would have been an engaging film. We talked about a lot of different versions. There was a version where he got introduced in the middle of the movie and became this sort of drill sergeant for the kids, but that felt like it stepped on Raven's role of becoming the leader to the kids. There were two or three different incarnations that we tried, but none of them felt quite right. As we were constructing the movie, we always imagined that they were abducted and taken [to Alkali Lake] and that Weapon X would be there and you'd see something that you've never really seen in these movies before which is the full on, out of control, animalistic, stripped down Wolverine."
Of course, we don't know for sure when Wolverine is introduced in the movie, or how big of an impact he will have on this team of X-Men and the story at large. We also recently reported that the post-credit scene helps set up a number of possible movies within the X-Men franchise. We'll be sure to keep you posted with the latest updates on this beloved superhero franchise, as we get closer and closer to X-Men: Apocalypse's release on May 27.