Fans have openly questioned how long Hugh Jackman could keep playing Marvel's most well-known mutant, Wolverine, despite him saying at Comic-Con International: San Diego "They'll have to tear this role away from me."
Well, they haven't done it yet.
Twentieth Century Fox is bringing Jackman back for a direct sequel to The Wolverine, marking his third solo film (fourth if you count Days of Future Past, which centers around the character traveling through time to prevent a mutant disaster), Deadline reports. Jackman will return along with director James Mangold, who is also writing the treatment. Lauren Shuler Donner, who has produced every X-Men movie so far, will stay with the franchise.
The Wolverine was well received critically, despite issues fans and critics alike had with the third act, and was the second highest grossing of the franchise, worldwide.
The next installment in the X-Men film universe brings together the casts of the modern-day movies and the X-Men: First Class group, set about 40 years in the past. The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has created buzz for the film, based loosely off a revered two-issue storyline from Chris Claremont. In the movie, an aged Wolverine in an apocalyptic future must travel back in time and convince a young Charles Xavier and young Magneto to work together once more to prevent the terrors from happening. Also, he apparently survives the film intact.