The X-Men franchise will reach the end of an era in 2017 with the release of Wolverine 3 (official title TBA): Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the eponymous mutant. Befitting of such an occasion, Wolverine 3 will break new ground by becoming the first R-Rated Wolverine film , showcasing Logan’s adamantium claw-armed fighting skills in all their glory at last on the big screen. Similarly, the movie appears to be drawing inspiration from a handful of noteworthy Wolverine comic book stories (Old Man Logan possibly among them) in order to craft an original narrative of its own design .
Wolverine 3 has now wrapped up filming in New Mexico and Jackman commemorated the occasion by releasing a photo through his social media accounts. In case there was any doubt that principal photography (and not just filming in New Mexico alone) on the movie is done, Jackman has now posted a clip online – showing him saying his final (?) goodbye to his Wolverine mutton chops.
You can watch that short video of Jackman shaving his Wolverine facial hair (from his Twitter account), below.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) August 22, 2016
This clip shows Jackman trimming his grey-speckled chops, offering additional proof that the actor’s version of Logan will indeed be looking uncharacteristically older in his final X-Men film appearance. The movie takes place in “the future” and follows Logan on an adventure with the older Professor X (Patrick Stewart), though exactly who (or what) the pair will be facing off against with in the film remains a source of speculation for the time being. That also goes for any figurative torch-passing in this movie; though given their persistency, those rumors that Logan and Charles Xavier join forces with a young woman who is also the mutant known as X-23 or “female Wolverine,” may be more accurate than not.
X-Men franchise producer (and frequent screenwriter) Simon Kinberg has likened Wolverine 3 to being a western – something that bodes well for James Mangold’s return as director on the film. Mangold already has one acclaimed, R-Rated, western under his belt as a filmmaker (3:10 to Yuma) and at its best his The Wolverine effectively translates the traditions and tropes of the western genre over to that superhero movie’s Japanese setting. With Jackman’s Wolverine looking extra grizzled in his final outing, it’s encouraging to see that he has a collaborator behind the camera who has the know-how to deliver an equally grizzled X-Men film.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development
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