The X-Men movies just can’t quit Wolverine. Of the seven X-Movies released thus far, all seven have featured an appearance from the immortal Canadian mutant, and with Wolverine showing up in the next two as well, some of you might be wondering if we haven’t already seen everything ol’ Wolvie has to offer.
Not so, says producer Simon Kinberg. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he claims Wolverine’s role in X-Men: Apocalypse is, “a very violent, visceral sequence that is different from anything we’ve seen of Wolverine in previous movies and in the way that Hugh played it.”
The sequence in question takes place at Alkali Lake, where, as I’m sure you know, poor Logan was subjected to sadistic experiments that coated his skeleton in adamantium and transformed him into a brutal killing machine. Of course, the reason you know this is because this detail has come up in no less than three of these movies so far, so what’s different about this time? Well, this time Hugh Jackman ain’t gonna be playing the quippy, soft-hearted Logan you know and love, instead, he’ll be Weapon X, a merciless, mindless, force of death.
Okay, sure, why not?
At this point I could maybe point out how it’s a little bit strange that we’re doing Wolverine’s origin again – not only because we’ve already gotten two movies that explicitly dealt with it as a main, driving force in their stories, but also because the end of Days of Future Past seemed to open up a new path forward where none of this needed to happen – but why bother? The continuity in these movies has always been pretty loosey-goosey, so if this one completely disregards the ending of the last, well, it wouldn’t be the first time.
For me, though, despite Mr. Kinberg’s claims, this sounds very much like something we’ve already seen. The X-Men stories are so diverse and interesting and fun in the comics, that it’s frustrating to have the movies keep hitting the same notes over and over again, but hey, that’s just me. Maybe this sequence will be something truly new and exciting. I guess we’ll find out when the movie opens May 27.