X-Men: First Class proved it: you just can't have an X-Men movie without Wolverine. Despite rumor denials during production that said Hugh Jackman was not on set and wouldn't appear in the new movie, he was front and center in a humorous scene featuring Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in First Class, keeping his streak of five X-Men movies going strong. Jackman will stretch the record further next summer when The Wolverine is released and guess what? He's still not done.
There is no surprise in this news: THR is reporting that Jackman is now in talks to reprise his long-running role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. He will be joining both Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, who Singer recently revealed will also be coming back for more X-Men fun. As for the stars of First Class, the only confirmed returning stars are McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. The performance will also extend Jackman's record for having played a single live-action superhero character the most times on screen with six (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine).
The interesting thing about having Wolverine around for Days of Future Past is that he can fit anywhere in the film's multiple timelines. Hopefully we'll get to see him as the older, grey-streaked version of the character in the apocalyptic future timeline where mutant-hunting Sentinels are on the loose as well as the period setting that will establish it as a strict First Class sequel.
The Wolverine will be in theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released July 18, 2014.
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