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9 Stories We'd Like to See in Wolverine 3

Stories which should be considered for Wolverine 3.

By Chad Derdowski     November 02, 2010


9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3
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The minute we got the official word that Darren Aronofsky would be directing Wolverine 2, our salivary glands went into overdrive. Not only would the stain of the first X-Men Origins film be washed away, we have a director with the chops to deliver the best superhero flick to date. While most geeks spend their time poo-pooing movies long before they’ve even gone into production, we’ve finally got a chance to give a presumptuously positive review!
And speaking of being presumptuous, it’s never too early to start talking sequel, is it? Based upon the news that Wolverine 2 will be filming in Japan and Hugh Jackman’s well-documented love for the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine mini-series from the early ‘80s, it’s safe to say that the film will bear more than a passing resemblance to the story that many consider the definitive Wolverine tale. So what’s in store for Wolverine 3? We’ve got a few ideas…
9. Road of Bones

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Basing a movie on a novel rather than a comic? Some might decry such a thing as blasphemy unless they’ve read David Mack’s globetrotting thriller which sees Logan mourning the loss of Mariko and searching for a miracle drug. It might cure all disease or enslave mankind – either way, it’s not going to be easy. But is anything ever easy for the adamantium-laced mutant?
8. Insane in the Brain

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

If switching gears is your style, how about putting Wolverine in a horror movie? Trapped in the Dunwich Sanatorium, Wolverine has no memory of his life save for a few simple facts: he recalls living with wolverines, knows that he’s over 100 years old and that he’s been to space on several occasions… which, to the average non-comic reading person, sounds nuttier than a fruitcake. This story also introduces a new villain in the form of the macabre Dr. Rott, a crazed surgeon who creates psychic machines and serial killers. It’s dark, crazy and over-the-top and could make for a haunting thrill ride onscreen.
7. Not Dead Yet

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Warren Ellis takes on Wolverine in this story of a villain from Logan’s spy days who seeks revenge by putting the hirsute mutant to the test. Using the very metal that has saved Logan’s life so many times in the past, the White Ghost puts Logan through a gauntlet of adamantium-laced enemies. Espionage, intrigue, romance and action add up to the greatest John Woo film that was never filmed. Hmmm
6. Return of the Native

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Perhaps a bit too similar to the last Wolverine movie, this story finds Logan venturing back to his old Weapon X haunts, only to be met by Sabretooth and a mysterious woman known as the Native, a former lover of Logan’s and another victim of the Weapon X program. Naturally, all hell breaks loose and lots of bloodshed and violence ensue - this is a Wolverine story, after all. Its gutwrenching and heartbreaking and might finally give fans the Wolverine/Sabretooth battle they deserve.
5. Enemy of the State

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Unless Disney acquires the rights to the X-Franchise, this one might be a little tough to pull off without some fairly major rewrites. But since this article is all about wishful thinking, we’ll give it a shot. After being captured and brainwashed by the Hand (brainwashing seems to be a theme in Wolverine stories) and Hydra, Wolvie takes on the Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Elektra and the X-Men. While this one definitely favors non-stop action and spectacle over any real depth or storytelling, it’s a whole lot of fun and deserves to be filmed, should the stars align correctly.
4. Old Man Logan

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Sort of like Wolverine’s version of Dark Knight Returns, this story is set in the far flung future where supervillains have taken over the United States. Having slaughtered his teammates while under the influence of Mysterio, Logan has long since retired but circumstances, including the need to pay rent to his gamma irradiated landlords, draw Logan out for one final mission. This is another story that would either require Disney’s pocketbook or some fairly extensive alterations (such as removing every reference to the larger Marvel U and replacing them with mutants) but it could be done and there’s no reason to think it couldn’t be done well.
3. Madripoor

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Wait a minute, Madripoor is a place, not a storyline! That’s true, and once we’ve seen Logan do the whole failed samurai thing, it’s the perfect place for him to blow off some steam. Known as “a place for the very rich and the very poor”, Madripoor was a haven for pirates and criminals, a tradition that continues to this day. It’s also the location where Logan (as Patch) has thrown down with a variety of gangsters, thugs and lowlifes. If you’re looking for a story that’s far removed from the rest of the X Universe, you’ll find it in Madripoor.
2. Get Mystique

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

Filling in even more of the blank spaces in Logan’s past, half of this tale is told in flashback, detailing Wolverine and Mystique’s partnership before they became two of the world’s most famous mutants. The other half focuses on Wolverine’s search for Mystique after her betrayal of the X-Men. A story like this could work as both a the next installment in the Wolverine franchise as well as a follow-up to the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. And who doesn’t want to see more of Rebecca Romijn as Mystique?
1. Wolverine and Kitty Pryde

9 Possible Stories for Wolverine 3

When Kitty’s father runs into trouble with the Japanese Yakuza, she tries to help and ends up brainwashed in the process. With Wolverine’s help, she confronts her demons and transitions from being a teenager struggling with self-doubt to becoming a warrior. It’s sort of like a Judy Blume book for mutants and it’s the story where Logan and Kitty’s (platonic) relationship blossomed. Ellen Page has stated that she’d love to return to the role of Kitty Pryde and we think this would be just the place to do it.
We apologize for not making this a Top Ten list. We might’ve actually had ten ideas but due to repeated torture and brainwashing at the hands of a clandestine government project, we’re not even sure which memories are real anymore. At any rate, we’ve got nine solid stories that could be adapted either in part or in full for a future Wolverine flick. Is anyone in Hollywood listening?
 
In addition to his contributions at Mania.com, Chad Derdowski is part of a secret team of mutant operatives known as the Zod Complex podcast. For the latest in geek-themed discussion, check ‘em out at ZodComplex.com today. And if you’re feeling feisty, pay a visit to Geek Fights – another podcast that’s exactly what it sounds like: Intelligent discussion of inane topics. GeekFights.net is where they can be found. What else are you gonna do, listen to NPR?

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Hobbs 11/2/2010 7:14:41 AM

Kitty Pryde and Wolvie....ugh, I still have the comic series and I think you can get a whole $5 for the series its that popular.  Yes, enter sarcasim here. 

Part 3 is a hard one...Old Man Logan I could see down the line but don't know if that would make a good number 3.

themovielord 11/2/2010 7:23:36 AM

 Old Man Logan, though brilliant, would never happen. The drones that go into the theater would not understand anything or why it was set in the future. The studio would instantly balk at it. 

samurai1138 11/2/2010 7:28:27 AM

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine for sure, that was a great story, with a great villain from Logan's past in Ogun.  If you think that series isnt one of the most popular Wolverine stories of all time Hobbs, well, you havent been paying attention, or perhaps you just havent been reading Wolverine's books for the past 30 years. There are so many elements in this series that would make for a great film. Some insight into Logan's past, 2 of the classic women in his life, Mariko and Yukio, ninjas aplenty, Logan both taking and giving some serious beat downs (y'know, before he became pretty much indestructable in modern comics), his relationship with Ogun, one of the people who made him the man he is, and of course, his relationship with Kitty, which helped to give Logan the humanity that had long been missing in his stories, taking him from a character with a bad attitude, into a character with actual layers and depth. As a kid reading comics, I loved Wolverine before this series came out, but after it, he was my favorite character, and has been ever since.  KP & W all the way.

violator14 11/2/2010 8:44:41 AM

Haven't bought a Wolvie comic in years, but I do know Wolverine still has some of the best art/images in comics. I have to say COMIC Wolverine is still my favorite comic character of all time. Long live the Old Man!!!

cem1973 11/2/2010 9:34:56 AM

Road of Bones or Insane in the Brain could be a good way to go for Wolvie 3 but Old Man Wolvie would be a far cry for now

rgtchtiger 11/2/2010 10:24:48 AM

Does anyone recall a Wolverine/Havoc story set in Mexico where they had a bet to see who could go longer without using their mutant powers?  Havoc was eventually kidnapped by someone and Logan had to rescue him.  It was all drawn in watercolors and looked AMAZING.  I don't know if there's enough of a story to make a movie out of it, but I remember liking it and wondered what it was called.

And incidentally, I like Old Man Logan and Insane in the Brain of these suggestions a whole lot.

 

Hobbs 11/2/2010 10:29:21 AM

samurai, apparently you haven't been paying attention the last 30 years if you think Kitty Pryde Wolvie comics are that popular.  The Miller/.Claremont story they are doing now is popular not the number 1 on this list.  Besides which the series sucked but that's personal opinion.  My overall opinion is supported by the fact you can find this comic series almost anywhere and for a cheap price.  If it was that popular they would be hard to find. Hell, not even the graphic novel sold well and why?  Because yes, it sucked.

LocoLobo73 11/2/2010 11:21:30 AM

OK OK I kinda have to agree and disagree with the comments of the Wolverine and Kitty Pryde mini , First I agree with the importance that the mini plays in the history of both Characters, In Marvel Lore this series is a defining moment in both characters history, it does define these two charcters up until their present runs. Hobbs,  The other side of that is the series was not a big seller and that mainly had to do with the art and lack of talent on the series. It is Important filler.

Now My pick would be for OLD MAN LOGAN , its a trilogy make it one this should be the closing swan song for the character, Hopefully 2 will be great and then they can finish it with Old Man Logan to close it out cause you have to figure in another xmen in between and Hugh will be getting up there so then will be the time to do it while he can still handle the action scenes.

The only other story that would fit would be Madripoor, It keeps in line with the tone of 2 ,but it lacks  all the extra famous charcters to litter the movie with. lol. However Patch does come in contact with some great characters, that has not seen film, in that time period and it is a TRUE WOLVERINE STORY.

Rheul_home 11/2/2010 11:55:31 AM

Road of Bones sounds pretty cool. I may have to check that out. I would vote for Madripoor as it has the least to do with the larger X/Marvel Universe. Wolverine (as Patch) vs. Scumbags. No flashy characters or powers necessary. Have some master manipulator put Logan between a rock and a hard place and squeeze. A dark psychological story light on the fantasy (like TDK) would really put Wolvie into a much more interesting light.

littlemikey979 11/2/2010 1:51:58 PM

Old man logan would get my vote but it would never work with todays hollywood. I would say using the story of Wolverine and Cyber, yeah he is not the greatest villians but Wolverine was actually scared of him everytime they met. Plus seeing a huge man on screen covered in adamantium would be cool as hell! It would be cool to see him team up with another group like X-factor or someone like that. Would love to see Cannonball or Havok on the screen. 

What will probably happen is some evil group like Weapon X or The Hand or Hydra will be trying to get or force Wolverine to join their ranks so they can put Wolves up against another handful of villian so they can get as many other mutants on screen as they can. 

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