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09.28.2015
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While attending the San Diego Comic-Con, Hugh Jackman teased that WOLVERINE 3 will be based on Mark Millar's Old Man Logan run, but Fox obviously won't be able to do a completely faithful adaptation of the storyline since the studio doesn't own the rights to many of the Marvel characters who appear in the comic, like Red Skull, Hawkeye and the Hulk.

Millar is a creative consultant for Fox, and during an interview with IGN, he explained how a movie version of his comic could still work without Marvel Studios characters.

They're not important to the story. The way I worked that thing is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically - I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later. Basically Wolverine doing The Road movie is the important thing and he has a friend [a blind Hawkeye] with him. But that friend could be Cyclops and he could be blind by the fact that his ruby-quartz visor is broken and he has to keep his eyes closed the whole time and everything, but still insists on driving the car they're crossing America with. There's lots of stuff. Instead of the Hulk, you could have the Blob or something.

Honestly, the continuity stuff is the most boring side of it. I kind of like it, keeping it in the X-Men universe a little, too, because comic fans are different from the mainstream world. I know this stuff backwards because I've lived my whole life loving this stuff, but most people don't know all the minutia and everything so I think keeping it simplified and keeping it generally X-Men universe is a smarter thing to do.

I'm fine with Wolverine going on a road trip with Cyclops instead of Hawkeye, but I hope Fox and company aren't seriously considering replacing the Hulk with the Blob. The studio also holds the rights to the Fantastic Four and characters from those comics, so I wouldn't be surprised if a few of them end up appearing in WOLVERINE 3. How do you think Fox should go about adapting Old Man Logan for the big screen?

WOLVERINE 3 is scheduled to open on March 3, 2017.

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9:06PM on 09/28/2015
Hm. Well, as long as it's a standalone movie (read: NOT Wolverine 3) and played by Tom Hardy...
Hm. Well, as long as it's a standalone movie (read: NOT Wolverine 3) and played by Tom Hardy...
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5:57PM on 09/28/2015

Remember...

This is the guy who said the FF reboot was going to be great !
Anyway... What do we know ?
It's a Old Man Logan-ish movie...
According to Jackman, we will see the kind of father/son relationship between Prof. X and Wolvie... How ? The story is supposed to take place when Logan is OLD ! So, aside from flashbacks they can't have Prof. X !
The have the characters from X-Men and Fantastic Four, including the villains, that's quite enough to fill the void created by the lack of other Marvel
This is the guy who said the FF reboot was going to be great !
Anyway... What do we know ?
It's a Old Man Logan-ish movie...
According to Jackman, we will see the kind of father/son relationship between Prof. X and Wolvie... How ? The story is supposed to take place when Logan is OLD ! So, aside from flashbacks they can't have Prof. X !
The have the characters from X-Men and Fantastic Four, including the villains, that's quite enough to fill the void created by the lack of other Marvel characters. Imagine Wolvie and his co-pilot (the Cyke proposal is nice, BTW) going against Doom, Mole Man or other FF Rogues, now THAT would be cool... BUT commercially dangerous for Fox, concerning the future foundation (pun intended) of their FF franchise...
As long as, FOR ONCE, Magneto is not the bad guy !!
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4:25PM on 09/28/2015
Like I've said a few times, this story line could easily work. Sucks that the Marvel characters can't be used, but since this will be all in the X-Men universe, it'll wrap Wolverine up nicely. Changes could be made such as...
HulkLand = Apocalypse Territory, KingPin Kingdom = Domain of Magneto, Dooms Lair = Mr.Sinister's Lair
Replacing The Hulk Abominations with Sabertooth is perfect. This could really have a great The Road / Old Western vibe and really throw a lot of non comic book readers
Like I've said a few times, this story line could easily work. Sucks that the Marvel characters can't be used, but since this will be all in the X-Men universe, it'll wrap Wolverine up nicely. Changes could be made such as...
HulkLand = Apocalypse Territory, KingPin Kingdom = Domain of Magneto, Dooms Lair = Mr.Sinister's Lair
Replacing The Hulk Abominations with Sabertooth is perfect. This could really have a great The Road / Old Western vibe and really throw a lot of non comic book readers from expecting this to end Jackmans reign as Wolverine.
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11:00AM on 09/28/2015

Would love if this is in the same vein as Mad Max

Old Man Logan has me super excited and I hope with the possible success of Deadpool, FOX decides to make the final entry rated-R.
Old Man Logan has me super excited and I hope with the possible success of Deadpool, FOX decides to make the final entry rated-R.
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10:20AM on 09/28/2015
He only suggested whom they could use instead, not confirming, but yea I get comic fanboys like their continuity & hate changes, however this could totally work with any character as long as it sticks to the main story. I am sure whatever changes are done will be minor, plus this being Jackman's last ride as Woverine, it has to be something great.
He only suggested whom they could use instead, not confirming, but yea I get comic fanboys like their continuity & hate changes, however this could totally work with any character as long as it sticks to the main story. I am sure whatever changes are done will be minor, plus this being Jackman's last ride as Woverine, it has to be something great.
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10:07AM on 09/28/2015
I don't think the MCU is necessary at all in bring Old Man Logan to the big screen. Millar is right, you can replace characters from the book with other X-Men based characters for the movie. I just think it's a matter of finding the right balance between which characters to bring in. I think instead of using Hulk, they should use Sabretooth. Gives a little more weight to that portion of the story by linking it back to Logan's past in such a meaningful way. And I think they idea of him
I don't think the MCU is necessary at all in bring Old Man Logan to the big screen. Millar is right, you can replace characters from the book with other X-Men based characters for the movie. I just think it's a matter of finding the right balance between which characters to bring in. I think instead of using Hulk, they should use Sabretooth. Gives a little more weight to that portion of the story by linking it back to Logan's past in such a meaningful way. And I think they idea of him teaming up with Cyclops could be a good idea, I doubt they could get James Marsden back. So with that said, I think it would be cool for him to team up with a blind Beast (Kelsey Grammer version) and they travel across country to bring Logan back to Prof. X for whatever reason. They main villain will need to be someone other than Magneto though. Maybe Mr. Sinister?
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2:14PM on 09/28/2015
I think your ideas here are great.

Replacing Hulk with Sabretooth would also satisfy fan requests to bring back Shrieber, while also not trying to replace Hulk with a subpar "big guy."

I like your idea for Beast, but I would prefer to see Marsden come back with a meatier Cyclops role that we haven't really seen in any of the X-Men films to date.
I think your ideas here are great.

Replacing Hulk with Sabretooth would also satisfy fan requests to bring back Shrieber, while also not trying to replace Hulk with a subpar "big guy."

I like your idea for Beast, but I would prefer to see Marsden come back with a meatier Cyclops role that we haven't really seen in any of the X-Men films to date.
9:44AM on 09/28/2015
I mean if Marvel can successfully do all of their films and major continuous storyline throughout each film without using Spider Man (up until now), X-Men, and Fantastic Four, then I can't see why Fox can't successfully do the story somewhat justice with the characters they already have.

But I do hope Cyclops appears in this film. He was always one of my favorite X-Men growing up and felt he got the shaft the most during the original trilogy. Would be nice to see Marsden play the role one
I mean if Marvel can successfully do all of their films and major continuous storyline throughout each film without using Spider Man (up until now), X-Men, and Fantastic Four, then I can't see why Fox can't successfully do the story somewhat justice with the characters they already have.

But I do hope Cyclops appears in this film. He was always one of my favorite X-Men growing up and felt he got the shaft the most during the original trilogy. Would be nice to see Marsden play the role one more time.
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