And so it’s with a tremendous amount of excitement that we’ve seen rumours slowly starting to surface about a third Wolverine film that’s due to come to our cinema screens in March 2017.
Having already begun shooting, it’s going to be a bittersweet affair as unbelievably it’s expected to be Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine film. The Australian actor has pretty much made the Wolverine role his own, and it’s going to be hard to imagine who else could don the iconic claws and sideburns combination.
What we can say is that it’s undoubtedly going to be a heavy-hitting affair. And whilst the Wolverine 2 movie kept the scope relatively small by restricting the action to Japan and just focusing on a few core characters, it’s already been stated that Wolverine 3 will take place far in the future.
By moving the character into the future it poses interesting questions as to how this character will fit into the Marvel universe, particularly after the uncredited cameo in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse movie.
What’s certain is that we’ll see plenty more of Wolverine in the gaming world as it’s become something of a tradition for many of our top gaming franchises to develop parallel lives in video games.
We’ve already seen a Wolverine game for PlayStation and Xbox, and seeing as there’s an X-Men slots game at Lucky Nugget alongside some of the Jurassic Park movie games, then surely it’s only a matter of time before we receive a Wolverine online slots too.
And making a move into the adult world of casino games might make sense, particularly as it’s already been widely reported that Wolverine 3 will be R-rated. This could see the franchise attempting to make a move to capitalise on the immense success of the Deadpool movie that definitely marked a move away from the kid-friendly entertainment of early Marvel releases towards more mature and darker themes.
The Wolverine 3 project has already got Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook onboard to play the principle villain. And with legendary Walk the Line filmmaker James Mangold directing the movie, it looks set to be a momentous send-off for Hugh Jackman as he dons the Wolverine outfit for the very last time.