‘Wolverine 3’ ‘X-Men’ Spin-Off Stems From ‘Old Man Logan’ Story — R Rating Is Confirmed

The Wolverine 3 movie stars Hugh Jackman in the X-Men spin-off and according to “sources close to Jackman” and Den of Geek, more information about the story is available. Last year, X-Men fans were asked via the actor’s Twitter feed what they would like to see as he would don his claws “one last time.”

Many wanted to see Wolverine/Old Man Logan take on Sabretooth. Others would like to see the Wolverine go into his iconic rage which is rather synonymous with the character in the X-Men comic book lore. Also, hopeful Wolverine fans asked that the story be based off the Old Man Logan series found in the comics and, like the Deadpool movie, also be rated R.

Now, Wolverine 3 has been confirmed to have an R rating and be based off the Old Man Logan arc, the latter of which had been buzzing around as rumor on the internet. About a month prior to Jackman’s Tweet, a scoop dropped on Popcorn Talk by Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez revealed such a rumor, according to Slash Film, so now it appears this rumor has been confirmed.

The Old Man Logan’s series of comics is brutally violent, with decapitations and gore prevalent, which can justify the R rating for Wolverine 3. The character is said to have “sudden bursts of bloodlust,” so it looks like the suggestions made by Jackman’s Twitter followers are coming to fruition.

The arc event takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where pretty much all the mutants were killed off. Kind of makes you wonder if there would be any tie-in to the X-Men: Apocalypse movie in the same style as Wolverine’s return from Japan in the post-credit scene connecting a lead into X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The story was written by Mike Millar with artwork by Steve McNiven, and the run of the Old Man Logan comic arc lasted eight issues which ran from 2008 to 2009, according to Slash Film. Believe it or not, in this universe, Wolverine has settled down with a wife and two kids, when later he goes on a journey to deliver a package with the blind Hawkeye.

The Wolverine 3 X-Men movie spin-off could parallel the “end point” to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character as he himself is aging. This would be considered the perfect nod to a conclusion representative of likely a grand finale. Slash Film later went on to say that the movie could use some “major retooling” while in the works.

There looks to be some challenges ahead as Fox doesn’t own the characters prominent in the comic book story line. So how can Fox pull off utilizing such characters in the Wolverine 3 movie? Marvel Studios is able to utilize Spider-Man, so perhaps this could be accomplished in the same fashion in the X-Men movie spin-off?

The event synopsis starts off in a write-up declaring that Wolverine hasn’t “raised his voice or popped his claws in fifty years.” It was also said his friends would probably not even recognize him by now as he lives in a dystopian future ruled by villains. His disappearance was declared a mystery where some thought he was severely hurt while others thought he simply grew weary of the fighting, according to a Marvel Wikia entry regarding the Old Man Logan event. How could it translate into a movie?

The director of Wolverine 3 will be James Mangold, the same person who directed the 2013 project where Logan takes on the Silver Samurai in Japan. The writer is Micheal Green, and along side Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart will be starring, too. The X-Men spin-off movie is set to release on March 3, 2017.

[Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox]