I guess that would be X-Men: Second Class, and according to Bryan Singer, this is a possibility. When talking to IGN about including Wolverine in future plans for the series he said, “I think there would definitely be room. I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself first, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing.” That might seem ridiculous for several reasons, but it could also make sense if done right. Firstly, it might be weird as Hugh Jackman is a holdout from the first series of X-Men films, and this seems to be something of a reboot; but that might not be an issue because this could also be seen as a prequel that is directly connected to the original trilogy of X-Men films. And despite the fact that Jackman would be much older than the crop of young actors bringing the X-Men to life in First Class, Wolverine’s mutant healing factor would go a long way in explaining that away. According to comic lore Wolverine has been around for quite some time looking exactly the same as he does now due to his mutant genes. The only problem would come when Jackman starts looking too old to be the same age as the guy who played Wolverine in the first X-Men. God forbid.

This comment from Singer flies directly in the face of quotes that Lauren Shuler Donner has made about the future of the X-Men franchise, however. According to her, the next projects coming up for the franchise will be X4 and X5, which would be direct sequels to X-Men: The Last Stand. Surely Jackman would have to appear as Wolverine in those films, so how would he also be able to do a sequel with the First Class cast? Possibly, he could just be pulling triple duty and showing up in all of these prospective films, but more likely Fox actually has no idea where the X-Men franchise is heading in the future and all of these quotes are just being pulled out of the producers’ asses. I was pretty excited to hear about Jackman appearing in a Darren Aronofksy directed solo adventure for The Wolverine, but honestly, if that isn’t going to happen I would be pretty content to see his take on the character be put to bed. How about we just see what happens with this First Class movie, pretend that the original series never progressed past X2, and plan any sequels accordingly with the new kids?

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