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Hugh Jackman’s just trying to set some world record for playing the same character the most amount of times, at this point, right? May’s release of X-Men: Days of Future Pastmarks the seventh time Jackman has played Wolverine on screen. And while rumors floated that he might not return for James Mangold’s planned sequel to The Wolverine, this morning, we hear the opposite.

Twentieth Century Fox recently went ahead and locked up a release date for Mangold’s untitled Wolverine film, eyeing March 3, 2017 as a window for new mutant action.Deadline follows up that news with confirmation that David James Kelly has been hired to write the screenplay, and that Jackman is “reprising his signature role” for Mangold to direct.

Of course, Mangold kind of hinted at that on his Twitter page:

But we really did wonder if Jackman would want to try on the claws – again – for the eighth time since he first created this version of the character in 2000. It goes without saying that Jackman doesn’t HAVE to keep playing Wolverine. He has earned more money that a human could spend playing Logan, the angry, razor-clawed mutant. He has pushed hard to make a dark, standalone Wolverine movie (in Mangold’s The Wolverine), finally tackling a storyline – set in Japan – that fans of the character have been clamoring for. Simply put, Jackman has climbed this mountain. There are no worlds left to conquer.

But even back when The Wolverine came out, Mangold and Jackman spoke openly about how much they enjoyed the creative collaboration, and left the door open for future Wolverine movies, if the studio would allow.

What we don’t know yet – and won’t know for a while – is the state of Wolverine on theX-Men timeline. Fox has announced that Bryan Singer will be moving from Days of Future Past to X-Men: Apocalypse, but that sequel is expected to lean on the characters from X-Men: First Class — actors like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Wolverine could be in a post-apocalyptic world, as he will be in Days. He could successfully reset the timeline, giving him new areas to explore. That will fall to Kelly, whose credits also Mind Mgmt for Scott Free, and Sentinel, for Appian Way and Fox.

What do you think? Are you happy that Jackman’s staying in the Wolverine role for another standalone film? Would you like to see him paired with another hero for the story? Or is it time to recast? Let us know below.

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The Wolverine Teaser One-SheetIt’s been a little over a month since The Wolverine hit theaters, how is it stacking up to X-Men: Origins: Wolverine? A movie which left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths and seriously endangered The Wolverine’s chances to do anything but flop.

(all prices in US dollars and courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

X-Men: Origins: Wolverine 

  • Production Budget: $150m
  • Domestic Total Gross: $180m
  • Foreign Total Gross: $193m
  • Total Gross: $373m
  • Opening Weekend: $85m
  • Opening Theater Count: 4,099 theaters
  • Drop off after opening weekend: 67.2%
  • Total Run: 22 weeks

The Wolverine (so far)

  • Production Budget: $120m
  • Domestic Total Gross: $125m
  • Foreign Total Gross: $226m
  • Total Gross: $351m
  • Opening Weekend: $53m
  • Opening Theater Count: 3,924 theaters
  • Drop off after opening weekend: 59.9%
  • Run So Far: 5 weeks

So, while The Wolverine is not a runaway success as some recent superhero movies, it’s not doing too bad. It opened softer than Origins, likely because of buyer wariness. But it retained a higher percent of ticket sales in the second weekend. For comparison, Avengers had a 50.3% drop off in its second week, Iron Man 3 was 58.4%.

Internationally, Wolverine has already surpassed Origins which means that in only 5 weeks the film is only $22m short of making more money than Origins, and on a budget that was 30m less. I can’t be positive, but I think they can call this a win. Maybe not a Gold Medal win, but hey, Bronze Medal is still a medal.

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The Wolverine Teaser One-SheetThe Wolverine was one of those films that you go into hoping it will be good, but have a low standard of what “good” is. Because you do this, you actually enjoy the film.

If you go in expecting this to stick to canon, you’re going to be disappointed from the start. But that’s something we’ve come to expect, even from the Marvel movies, canon gets changed around to better suit the medium and more modern settings. Was there anything in The Wolverine that was unforgivable? On the whole, no, but the fact that it was so predictable is highly disappointing. Much like in Iron Man 3, they changed around who The Silver Samurai is/was. But the Mandarin’s change came completely out of left field and was as amazingly creative as it was controversial. The twist in Wolverine you see coming from about twenty minutes into the movie.

And at one point I thought this film might actually do something different for once. Make Wolvie a real anti-hero and leave him without hooking up with the love interest and truly left like a Ronin by the end, albeit one who finds his own purpose which would be very deep and existential. That would have been awesome, and very much in line with the old Westerns and Samurai films this film was a homage to, but instead the love story is as typical as we’ve seen a thousand times.

That was really this films biggest problem, it was too safe. Yes, that meant that you’re so glad it wasn’t the horrible mess that was X3 and X:O:W, but that’s basically saying after trying all those wax and saw dust flavored jelly beans you’re pleased when you get a red liquorish.

Does that necessarily make it a bad movie? No. The train fight scene was pretty spectacular, plus they played around a bit with the things Wolvie could do with his claws. It was a darker film and definitely more on par with what Wolverine should be. If it actually tried to push the limits more in the story it was trying to tell (and more straight on ninja/Wolvie fighting), then it could have been beyond Epic, it was that close.

Instead, the ending kinda falls flat and really leaves you to wonder ‘why is he doing this’ except, you know, he has to be freed up for Days of Future Past.

Overall though, it’s a decent film which makes up for X:O:W and leaves us with a wonderful little after-credits scene to hook into DOFP. Yukio and Mariko were decently kick ass and Jean’s cameo wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, so that was nice to be surprised (I choose to believe that last scene was a homage to the White Hot Room).

So yeah, go see The Wolverine, just make sure that when you walk in, don’t expect a Rembrandt, and be glad it’s not a finger-paint.

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Just getting back from an early showing of The Wolverine, my initial reaction is thus: Oh the wonders of low expectations and low bars of standards.

Purest will hate the film, but that’s nothing new.

Those who only know Wolvie by the movies will love it.

Everyone in between will pretty much be ‘at least it didn’t totally suck’.

Longer, more insightful, review to come once I’ve had a little time to digest the film, and, you know, sleep.

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Okay, only one of these is brand new, I somehow missed the other two. Anyway, Collider got the exclusive release of a new Jean Gray poster ala sumi-e ink art. While the others have been fairly original, even Wolverine was done up in Japanese clothing, Jean’s poster is just a copy of her X3 promo images.

The Wolverine - Jean Grey poster

X-Men 3 - Jean Gray promo

I wouldn’t read into Jean getting her own poster. She’s the second most recognizable character from the franchise, so they want to splash her around for that recognition. This happens all the time (Vin Diesel in Tokyo Drift anyone…). Still, would have liked to see something a bit more original than a direct copy cause this is a really pretty style of artwork.

There are two other posters I missed which are on Collider, one for Viper and Yukio. I’m not too impressed with them either. I don’t like the tongue thing on Viper and I’m not sure what’s going on with Yukio’s mouth, though, if I ignore that part, Yukio’s is actually pretty bad ass.

The Wolverine - Viper poster

The Wolverine - Yukio poster

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The Wolverine title card

A new international trailer has been released, it goes a bit more in depth to the beginning of the film, how Logan knows Yashida and all that. It also seems to confirm a suspicion that Yashida might be using Logan to gain his own immortality which would fit with Yashida being an adversary to Logan. We also see that Viper has some tricks up her sleeve.

But I can’t help thinking that they have given way the ending… at least the boss battle…

Anyway, just a month and a half to go!

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From Spinoff Online

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Seven times might be the charm for longtime Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the star of The Wolverine hinted he might be done with the character following his appearance in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“I wasn’t even sure after the first film if I would do another,” Jackman said regarding X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

Jackman has played the popular character in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, and he has The Wolverine and Days of Future Past ready to roll out this summer and next.

When asked what he thought about recasting the role of Wolverine, James Bond-style, Wolverine producer Hutch Parker said the idea “feels somewhat blasphemous.”

The Wolverine will premiere July 26, while X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

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