James Mangold is currently at work shooting at New Orleans with Hugh Jackman on Wolverine 3, which is set to be Jackman’s final outing as the iconic mutant after over 16 years (oh my). Plenty of news has surfaced over the past few weeks with numerous casting news, Patrick Stewart confirming his involvement reprising his role as Professor Charles Xavier, and of course, Simon Kinberg discussing the film’s tone, being an R-rated film set in the future that is somewhat like a western in its tone.
We now have news on who the villains that Logan will be facing. Nerdist is reporting that Boyd Holbrook will be playing an original villain. Holbrook’s character has been described as “relentless, calculating… intense head of security for a global enterprise.” This enterprise could possibly be the Hellfire Club, which is comprised of rich, elite mutants who want to promote their own influence on the happenings in the world.
Nerdist also claims that a source close to the production confirms that the Reavers will battle Wolverine in the upcoming film. For those who do not know who the Reavers are, they are a team of criminal cyborgs that dedicate themselves to the destruction of mutants, and according to this report, will be led by Donald Pierce. Pierce is a half-robot who built the Reavers to wipe out all mutants and some humans. Richard E. Grant has been confirmed to play a mad scientist – possibly as Donald Pierce. It’s also worth noting that Pierce was also a member of the Hellfire Club mentioned above. Pierce may take leadership of the club, while the Reavers may take the role as their security crew.
*SPOILER ALERT* This next part concerns the post-credits scene in X-Men: Apocalypse.
The global enterprise in Wolverine 3 may be Essex Corp., which is run by Nathaniel Sinister/Mister Sinister. The Weapon X facility is shown in the post-credits scene, and it may give fans another morsel at the conflict of the upcoming film.
Rumors have been floating around about the possible appearance of X-23, who is a female clone of Wolverine. Nerdist also speculates that Essex Corp. is using the blood of different mutants to build the Reavers, and possibly serve as a way for Wolverine to battle his biggest opponents from the franchise one last time.
These potential ideas excite me as an X-Men fan. It’s only fitting that Hugh Jackman’s last movie in the franchise will end with a bang. I cannot wait to see what James Mangold brings to this flick, and I also hope that we see an appearance from Deadpool and perhaps, Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth.
Wolverine 3 comes to theaters on March 3, 2017.