Big confirmation from 20th Century Fox: the next and final Wolverine movie will be rated R. Thus far, this is only the second film in the X-Men and Wolverine franchises to take this route. Though many are quick to attribute this announcement to the recent mind-blowing success of Deadpool, which was very rated R, execs have maintained that Wolverine 3 was already written up to be pretty bloody prior to that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script by Michael Green is so laden with a large level of violence that Fox never expected it to be given any other sort of rating by the ratings board.

At this point in the game, given that this will reportedly be the last time Hugh Jackman portrays Wolverine (we’re still not okay about this), it seems almost late coming. Wolverine was always on the fringes of being a hero, really. While it’s understandable the studios prefer to keep such large budget films more accessible to a larger audience, it would have been interesting and truer to character had the other Wolverine films been allowed the same latitude.

Another rumor swirling around this installment is the potential return of Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Producer Simon Kinberg failed to confirm that tidbit to Collider, but didn’t deny it either.

“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”

To be honest, there are so many comic book films that may benefit from delving deeper into their source material and favoring that depth over box office stats, but in general don’t plan on seeing it very often (or ever in an MCU film, according to Marvel president Kevin Feige). Alienating younger audience members usually costs millions. For every child that goes to a film at least one adult will usually accompany (1+1=2 tickets). Where Wolverine is concerned, this feels a bit like he’s earned his stripes, and they’re ready to send him off, finally, in his own brash and uncompromising way.

Wolverine 3, whose official title has yet to be announced, is due in theaters March 3, 2017.


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