The X-Men franchise has enjoyed a lot of its popularity from one of its members: the crude, clawed, and Canadian Wolverine. Whether cartoons, video games, or even the original comics, the team’s stories are often largely based around having “the best there is at what he does” in a central role for maximum profits. The films have been no different, with Hugh Jackman’s portrayal as Logan/James Howlett carrying the first three films before leading into two (poorly received) solo outings. But as X-Men: Apocalypse, the newest film and the first with zero Jackman, approaches, is there hope of a Wolverine cameo?
As it stands, the new movie—set to be released on May 27—will be the first of Fox’s mutant movies based on the X-Men team (Deadpool is in the same universe) to not feature an appearance of the “ol’ Canucklehead,” which is kind of fitting; in the comics, he’s currently dead. However, director Bryan Signer has revealed—after remaining very tight-lipped about the subject despite the rumors—whether or not there’s any chance of seeing the character in the new film.
According to ComicBookResources.com, Singer discussed how the Weapon X facility—where Wolverine was given his unbreakable adamantium skeleton—appears in X-Men: Apocalypse, which has of course only succeeded at fueling the rumors. While he noted that “As a central character, he didn’t fit into this particular story,” he didn’t rule out the possibility of Wolverine appearing in some capacity, whether played once more by Hugh Jackman or with someone else standing in. While it may not be the answer X-fans wanted, it’s still, at the very least, not a “No.”
Of course, there is a precedent for Wolverine appearing. In 2011, X-Men: First Class relegated the character to a cameo, where, when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) attempted to recruit him, Logan responded with, “Go f*ck yourself.” Jackman told MovieFone that he agreed to appear because “it sounded perfect to [him],” as the above is the single instance of cursing in the entire PG-13 movie. So, if the scene is up to snuff, Hugh Jackman may just pop the claws once more!