Hugh Jackman's third solo film as Wolverine will film immediately following 'X-Men: Apocalypse', according to director James Mangold.
Last year 'The Wolverine' became the second highest grossing X-Men film to date after bringing in over $400m worldwide.
A third Wolverine film (we can try to forget it but X-Men: Origins will always exist) was announced last November .
With Bryan Singer's 'Apocalypse' set for 2016, we can naturally assume that 2018 is the earliest we'll see the third 'Wolverine' picture - meaning Jackman will have had the role for 18 years, far longer than any other superhero actor.
Last week Singer said the film would take place in the 80s , making the return of his original cast (fronted by knights Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart) unlikely.
It would also mean that in 'Days of Future Past' Jackman's Wolverine stays in the past with the younger Professor X and Magneto played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender respectively.
Speculation has been rife about the convoluted timelines of the 'X-Men' universe which were first created by Matthew Vaughn's prequel 'X-Men: First Class'. If the slate is wiped clean then a Wolverine film could take place at any time, but if not it raises more issues/headaches.
Hugh Jackman has been talking about potentially retracting his adamantium claws for a final time a lot recently, and has said that recasting Wolverine is "inevitable" but for now he has the role for another four years at least.
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