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Some minor spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse follow.
Even if you haven't seen X-Men: Apocalypse , and based on box office numbers, you may not have, you probably did see the final trailer for the film, which showed us Hugh Jackman would be making his eighth appearance on film in the role of Wolverine. Now, director Bryan Singer has provided a bit of behind the scenes footage of Jackman doing what Wolverine does best, tearing guys apart, though this time without the CGI claws.
In a sequence that appears to be as much a setup for the upcoming Wolverine 3 as anything else, X-Men: Apocalypse finds Wolverine in the hands of William Stryker and the Weapon X program, as has been told previously in the X-Men films. This time, however, Logan is freed by the young X-Men of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler, who are attempting to rescue the rest of their friends. Upon his release, Weapon X reacts as you'd likely expect, brutally murdering through those that kept him prisoner. It's a couple of moments from this attack that we see here. This is all very rough of course, so when Wolverine goes to stab somebody with his claws here, there are no claws to see, which takes away a bit of the magic.
While the sequence is fairly short, and Hugh Jackman is gone from X-Men: Apocalypse as quickly as he arrived, it's clear the actor is still pretty excited to be on set and playing the part. As soon as he runs out of camera range, he's over at the monitor to see the playback of his own performance. He's obviously dedicated to the part.
While we've seen Wolverine go through the entire Weapon X procedure, both in flashback's from X2 and the opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it appears that seeing it again here may be important. First of all, the time travel reboot that was X-Men: Days of Future Past technically removed that stuff from the timeline, so there's at least some value in confirming that it all still happened. Secondly, the word is that Weapon X will actually be the title of the third Wolverine movie, meaning the Wolverine-related parts of X-Men: Apocalypse, including the film's post-credits sequence, will likely play directly into that plot.
We're looking forward to seeing Hugh Jackman reprise his role as Wolverine one final time when the final Wolverine film hits early next year. While X-Men: Apocalypse has seen its share of critical derision, the Wolverine series, for what it's worth, has only been getting better, and Jackman has repeatedly promised fans that he would only move forward on the film once the story was perfect. What are your expectations for Wolverine 3?