Wolverine 3 Will be R-Rated, and Star a 'Bold, Different' Wolverine

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There’s been a lot of rumors circulating about the third—and supposedly final—Wolverine movie. It’s going to be violent. It’s going to have Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. It’s going to be set in the future. Well, producer Simon Kinberg just revealed that pretty much all of those things are true.


Speaking to Collider, Kinberg acknowledged all the long-standing reports about the film as true—well, almost all of them. He danced around Patrick Stewart’s much-rumored involvement, all but confirming it (which is not really a surprise as Stewart himself has said he’s in the film). But everything else, from the R-rating to the setting? That’s definitely happening:

I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.

No direct confirmation as to whether it’s an adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline as everyone expects it to be, but considering the veracity of the rest of the rumors, I wouldn’t be surprised at this point. Kinberg also clarified that the setting and rating of the film will allow them to portray a Wolverine quite unlike anything seen in the past movies:

It’s a very radical, bold, different Wolverine than you’ve ever seen in any of these movies.

Presumably that means that now the R-rating is in place, Hugh Jackman’s Logan can be much more bloody (and sweary and everything else-y) than he has been before. After all, he is meant to be the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice! Wolverine 3 is set for a March 2017 release.

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

I hope the conversation went like:

Producer: “We want to make an R-Rated movie”

Studio: “Well, Deadpool did OK. Give it a shot if that’s what you think it needs.”

But I suspect it went like:

Studio: “Deadpool made money. People want R-Rated superheroes. Make me some of those.”