After “The Wolverine” proved audiences both international and domestic are still up for more slicing and dicing Hugh Jackman action, it was a no-brainer when Fox announced that it is prepping a follow-up film with returning director James Mangold. No matter the outcome of 2014’s very apocalyptic “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Wolverine will be back for more.
But before Jackman signs on for his seventh feature length outing as Logan, the actor has gone on record with one requirement for the next sequel: “I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool,” the actor stated in an interview. “It has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”
With that in mind, here are five great Wolverine stories, spanning a variety of genres, all of which are practically begging to get the Mangold/Jackman big screen treatment.
Logan’s history with Canada’s Department H hasn’t been touched upon on the big screen. Maybe it’s time for Wolverine’s first super team, Alpha Flight, to make their live action debut. Fox is desperately searching for more franchise opportunities, and associating a cast of kooky mutants like Alpha Flight with Wolverine will go a long way towards giving them cred — and maybe their own film. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Puck and Sasquatch causing a ruckus on an IMAX screen?
The mutant films have yet to go to the stars, but that doesn’t mean the stars can’t come to Wolverine. In his second tango with the vicious alien race known as the Brood, Wolverine and the X-Men go face to face-with-so-many-sharp-slimy-teeth against the aliens as they try to take over Earth, starting with Denver. The Brood are a classic X-Men threat, one that would make for a great visual, and this could even be a way to sneak in one or two other X-Men into a Wolverine solo film. It could also give Wolverine’s partner-in-crime Yukio more screen time.
“Enemy of the State”
Wolverine’s initial run-in with the Black Clan in “The Wolverine” would serve as the perfect jumping off point for this follow-up, wherein the group of ninjas uses their mystical powers to resurrect dead heroes as mind-controlled weapons. This could lead to cameos from any number of Fox’s deceased mutants, especially those that don’t survive next summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and would pack the film with wall-to-wall ninja action. It’s hard to say no to that.
“Old Man Logan”
If “Days of Future Past’s” time-twisty premise works out, Fox might urge Mangold to adapt this post-apocalyptic tale starring a beyond-elderly Wolverine going on one last mission, delivering a secret package across the American wasteland. With many of the supporting characters in this comic book storyline falling firmly under the Marvel Studios banner, Fox would have to replace characters like the Hulk and Hawkeye in a film adaptation. A challenge, yes, but it could provide a perfect gateway for the studio to integrate the Fantastic Four heroes and villains they have the rights to in a futuristic setting, exposing them to a new audience without messing up whatever plans are in play for them in their modern day movies.
“The Wolverine” owes much of its success to its simple structure. With the rest of this list populated with large casts and explosive action, “Get Mystique!” offers up a story more in line with Mangold and Jackman’s first partnership. A pure, chase-driven thriller, this story pits Wolverine against one foe — Mystique. No sidekicks, no ancillary threats, just one deadly mutant against another. The movie could even be a period piece, taking place in the ’80s or ’90s with young Mystique herself, current box-office ruler Jennifer Lawrence, headlining the bill with Jackman.