While Marvel and Disney are making a fortune by tying together their superhero movies with an increasingly complicated chronology, it must be tempting for 20th Century Fox to look at the 'X-Men' movies in a similar way. However, director James Mangold has come out and made it pretty clear that the upcoming 'The Wolverine' will be its own thing, functioning as a standalone film first and foremost.
The other day, rumblings were felt throughout the X-Mansion and beyond: Hugh Jackman may leave the adamantium claws behind and stop playing Wolverine. Of course, this would lead one to believe that the role would eventually be recast. To use a psychiatrist cliché, how would that make you feel?
Hugh Jackman has been playing the clawed, mutant superhero Wolverine since the first 'X-Men' movie back in 2000; a run that has spanned six films. Like all things that last longer than a decade, it's starting to get a little old for Jackman. Although we can still look forward to his take on the iconic superhero in 'The Wolverine' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' it sounds like Jackman's days as an X-Man are coming to a close.
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One of the stickier problems with the Marvel movie universe is that the rights to various characters are split up amongst many separate studios, meaning that the X-Men could never meet up with Spider-Man like they could in the comics. However, that hasn't stopped fans from daydreaming about these characters crossing paths someday. Now, with even Hugh Jackman chatting about the possibility of 'The Wolverine' meeting up with 'The Avengers' those dreams may now feel the slightest bit more real.
Between 'Iron Man 3' and 'Man of Steel,' 'The Wolverine' has almost been the forgotten superhero movie this summer (which seems almost impossible considering Wolverine is one of the most popular comic book characters around). But Fox is looking to change that with this brand new 'Wolverine' trailer - giving us our biggest, and best, look at the film yet.
Based on the famous story arc from the comic books, Wolverine travels to Japan where he meets a nemesis from the past who'll drastically affect his future.