When it comes to connecting Wolverine to the newer series of X-Men films, Bryan Singer has managed to create a storyline that makes sense without screwing up too much of the past stories we’ve already seen on the screen. Now he seems to have free reign to use the character and his past in new ways within the X-Men films, while also keeping the character free for his final run in the next Wolverine film.
That’s likely why we’ll get to see Wolverine in a cameo role in X-Men: Apocalypse, with the return of Weapon X playing a role, too. That means we’ll get another appearance by William Stryker in the film —teased in the trailer — and CBM teases how he fits into the film thanks to the latest issue of Empire:
In a sequence revolving around Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, and Moira MacTaggert, the magazine describes the scene as follows: “The quartet have been kidnapped by army twonk William Stryker following a cataclysmic event at the X-Mansion, and wake up in a holding cell. On a balcony above them, Stryker taunts his prisoners, demanding to know the whereabouts of Magneto.”
Well, I guess we’ll get another look at how Wolverine gets those metal claws — at least in passing. Don’t expect him to be the focus, according to the article, but there could be a memorable moment similar to the appearance in First Class.
Now as for beyond Apocalypse, Bryan Singer apparently has plans for the future X-Men films and where he would like to go if given the chance. He’s taking a break to focus on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but when he returns to the mutants, he has a great big bad in mind:
“I’d love to use Proteus somehow,” the filmmaker teased. “There’s a lot visually you could do with a character like that.”
Proteus is indeed a cool choice and it could be an X-Men film that doesn’t deal with the end of the world. He’s a bad guy who’s extremely powerful, threatening humanity and warping reality, but his story is far more personal and his powers have a personal effect on the team. There’s a lot of interesting things to explore, and the visuals that can be played around with should rival even the most insane drug-fueled insanity. At least we hope it is.