Hugh Jackman has been talking about his final appearance as mutant superhero Wolverine in 2017’s third solo ‘X-Men’ spin-off movie, even teasing a couple of potential details.
The 46-year-old Aussie actor briefly touched on the new film during an interview on the Sydney Confidential podcast.
“There were a lot of calls for Victor Creed to come back,” he said, referring to Wolverine’s long-time nemesis Sabretooth, who was the first character to clash with Jackman’s hero in the very first ‘X-Men’ film back in 2000.
To date Sabretooth has been portrayed by Tyler Mane in that first film and by Live Schreiber in the first Wolverine spin-off in 2009 (which has been struck from history if you ask Fox).
“I must admit I was quite heartened by a number of people saying please don’t make it the last,” Jackman continued, “But I’m really excited about this last one, and if you’re a comic book fan, then the words ‘berserker rage’ came up a lot, so if you know Wolverine, you’ll understand.”
The character’s tendency to fly into a “berserker rage” is a one of the facets of Wolverine that hasn’t been seen often in the film series due to their largely family-friendly nature. As you may assume, Wolverine’s berserker rage sees the near-indestructible mutant enter a frenzy of violence when he’s adequately pissed off.
The notable big screen appearance of this occurred in 2004’s ‘X2’ when General Stryker’s forces attacked Charles Xavier’s mansion and Wolverine was trying to rescue and save the school’s children.
Were this final ‘Wolverine’ to better showcase the character’s violent side it would be a fan-pleasing move, and after so long with the character (15 years and seven appearances so far) the finale might be time to give the people what they want.
What the people want also includes a classic Wolverine costume. One rumour, which has suggested the film might adapt the Old Man Logan run of comics would also please many a fan. ‘Wolverine 3’s second cast member Patrick Stewart hinted that this was the case as well.
James Mangold is returning from the well-regarded ‘The Wolverine’ to direct once again, with Michael Green penning the script. The film is set for release on 2 March 2017, so will enter production either later this year or early next.
Picture Credits: Marvel Comics.