Our beloved Wolverine gave fans quite a scare when actor Hugh Jackman uploaded a startling photo of himself on Instagram in which he appears dramatically aged.
In the pic, the Australian star looks decades older than his 47 years with dark eye bags under his eyes and bulging veins on his forehead. A flurry of comments flocked in with fans expressing concern for his unusually haggard appearance. So what does this all mean?
A better guess would be that since the actor is currently shooting for the next highly anticipated “X-Men” spin-off, this teaser may be Jackman’s way of giving fans a first glimpse of the old Wolverine. This also strongly suggests that “Wolverine 3” will be based on the Old Man Logan storyline from the comic books, as previously reported.
It’s worth noting that Old Man Logan is set in the post-apocalyptic future, where Wolverine loses his mutant abilities and begins to age for the first time. This new look could be where Logan is after his powers are lost. But until plot details for the 3rd instalment of “Wolverine” is revealed, this is our best guess.
Previous rumours have also hinted that the Weapon X program (which was shown during the post credit scene in “X-Men: Apocalypse”) will play a significant role in “Wolverine 3” after it was announced that 20th Century Fox will either name “Wolverine 3” as “Wolverine: Weapon X” or simply “Weapon X” for short.
We also know that the film will be introducing a new mutant, X-23 aka Laura Kinney. The female mutant clone is said to be created from Wolverine’s DNA. Jackman also shared that the R-rated “Wolverine 3” will unfortunately be his last outing as the mutant with adamantium claws.
Patrick Stewart will be returning to the “X-Men” spinoff to reprise his role as Professor X, and he will be joined by Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, and Eriq La Salle.
“Wolverine 3” is expected to hit theatres on 3rd March 2017.