[Update: El Mayimbe has taken to Twitter to debunk his own rumor, stating that sources tell him they’re still trying to figure out the story for Wolverine 3, but it will not be based on Old Man Logan after all.]
While many studios are playing “catch up” when it comes to their superhero properties in the wake of Marvel Studios’ success, 20th Century Fox is further ahead than most. Last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was a sizeable success, they’ve got Fantastic Four in the can, Deadpool just wrapped, and X-Men: Apocalypse is in the midst of filming. In short, they have a pretty stacked deck that’s going to be unveiled over the next year or so, with more in the pipeline.
As for Fox superhero movies currently in development, the highest profile one is probably the next Wolverine movie—which according to Hugh Jackman will be his last go-around as the character. While Jackman has said this a few times before, all involved appear confident that this is Jackman’s last Wolverine movie, and with the actor pushing 47, it makes sense that he’d want to step aside and let someone else take over the role while he branches out—and also take a break from that insane diet that makes Jackman inhumanly ripped.
So with that in mind, a new rumor has popped up about the plot of the next (and last) Wolverine movie, and it feels pretty plausible. Heroic Hollywood’s El Mayimbe revealed on Popcorn Talk (via /Film) that he’s hearing the film will borrow heavily from the comics storyline Wolverine: Old Man Logan.
Written by Mark Millar, the eight-issue story debuted in 2008 and took place far in the future where Logan is living out a quiet retirement after initially hanging up the claws when a group of supervillains took over the world. Logan is drawn out by Hawkeye, who offers him a high-paying gig to deliver a secret package to the capital.
Mayimbe stressed that this is only a rumor for now, and obviously if this were the basis for the new Wolverine movie, it would still be heavily tweaked in the adaptation process. But the notion of a retired Logan taking one last job or setting the film during a dystopian future could serve as an exciting sendoff for the character.
The Wolverine helmer James Mangold is directing the pic, and given that he infused the second Wolverine movie with a wonderfully character-centric and Western-esque vibe (third act notwithstanding), I’m eager to see what he puts together for this new Wolverine picture.