Thanks to fanboy journalism, journalists on the Oscars red carpet quickly turned their attention to the on-screen superheroes in attendance. While Henry Cavill was tightlipped when asked about Batman v Superman and Justice League, Liev Schreiber was a tad more forthcoming. The actor, who celebrated in Spotlight’s Best Picture win, was rumored for a possible appearance as Sabretooth in Wolverine 3, the sequel to James Mangold’s The Wolverine. Though whatever the final call may be is still unclear, Schreiber confirmed that there have indeed been discussions.
He told MTV News:
We talked about it. I don’t know. He’s mentioned it to me. The Old Man Logan story — that’s appealing. That’s something that I can do. Old, being the operative word.
Schreiber only portrayed Logan’s rival in 2009’s disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Thanks to the timeline reset afforded the franchise by Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s like that movie never happened. Ryan Reynolds got a second go at his Origins character in the R-rated Deadpool, so shouldn’t Schreiber get the same opportunity? Based on his response to Jackman’s Twitpic from the gym, it doesn’t sound like he’s no eager to get back into mutant shape.
Not much about the plot of Wolverine 3 has been formally laid out, though Jackman teased an adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline at San Diego Comic-Con. The comic sees an older Wolverine trying to stop a post-apocalypse future, one that sees the hillbilly Hulk sons of Bruce Banner, driven mad by radiation, slaughtering his loved ones in a Wasteland. The character of Banner, however, is owned by Disney’s Marvel division, so it’s unclear how this story will be specifically adapted for the Fox universe.
Wolverine 3, which is still awaiting an official title, is scheduled for release on March 3, 2017. Mangold will direct from a script from Michael Green, and Patrick Stewart will reprise his role of Professor X.