Even though it’s never been officially confirmed, we’d heard rumors that Hugh Jackman would be putting in an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse before he dons the claws for the final time in The Wolverine 3. But until that last sequence in yesterday's final official trailer, that’s all they were, rumors.
So even though the only thing we saw was a brief shot of those adamantium claws (Snikt!), I’m sure everyone’s level of excitement shot through the roof (I may even have squealed a little). But was it really Hugh Jackman that we saw? Was it really the Wolverine we all know and love, or was it someone else? So many questions. (Take a look at the pic above and the screenshot below to try and make out whether it is indeed Jackman's arm.)
Empire Online got a hold of director Bryan Singer to chat about that awesome trailer, and, of course, the site asked about that exciting Wolverine cameo. Here’s Singer's very intriguing answer:
“Make of that what you want. I will say, it’s not simple. There’s something more pivotal that occurs with that. It hints to a sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of a new direction. It’s not insignificant, nor is it simply just a throw-in. It’s not the only shot you’re gonna see, let’s put it that way.”
I'm sure we're all thinking the same thing here: Is Bryan Singer referencing the Weapon X sequence in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where the adamantium is grafted to Logan’s skeleton? Could be. After all, it is a pivotal event, and the timeline seems to support that theory, since X-Men: Apocalypse takes place a full decade after Stryker/Mystique captured Logan at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Singer’s comment that this marks the “birth of a new direction” is also very interesting. With Days of Future Past retconning the original timeline from the first three X-Men films, perhaps we'll get to see Wolverine join the team much, much earlier than in 2000's X-Men. What do you guys think?
X-Men: Apocalypse will arrive in theaters on May 27.