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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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?