Hugh Jackman bares his claws as Wolverine

Fox has confirmed the plot - and rating - of the next Wolverine movie

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Feb 25, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

No matter how many times Hugh Jackman says he’s out, the character of Wolverine pulls him back in. Soon he’ll be pulled into the currently untitled Wolverine 3 with a movie to make fans salivate: It’s based on the Mark Millar storyline "Old Man Logan."

Best of all, it’s giving Wolverine the movie he deserves — with an R rating. Both stand-alone Wolverine movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine, were PG-13.

It’s not surprising 20th Century Fox wants to age up the content of its superhero films, after Deadpool stormed the box office ($748 million and counting). Deadpool was foul-mouthed, funny and rated R. The film’s success is a reminder that not all comic books are for children.

Considering just how tough, and at times violent, Wolverine is, it feels like he’s been muzzled in his previous films. After all, this is a guy who has no qualms about killing.

"Old Man Logan" is an eight-issue storyline from the Wolverine comic book by Mark Millar. Millar has had several of his comic books adapted for cinema, including Kick-Ass and Kingsman: Secret Service, plus the much-anticipated Captain America: Civil War

Without giving too much away, it’s set in the future … and Marvel’s supervillains have taken over the world. All the heroes are dead, except for a few in hiding, as well as their descendants. Wolverine, who could not prevent the takeover, refuses to use his powers. He becomes embroiled in a plan to overthrow supervillainy. 

Oh, yeah, and it’s dark as hell. Wolverine has earned every ounce of his PTSD.

According to Den of Geek, Sir Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role as Professor Charles Xavier. The movie will be helmed by James Mangold, who has directed Jackman in both Kate & Leopold and The Wolverine.

(Via MoviePilot)