We all know that Hugh Jackman’s days of wearing the adamantium claws are drawing to a close, with the actor having confirmed that his last time playing gruff mutant Logan (aka Wolverine) will come in the third Wolverine pic, to be directed by James Mangold. Part and parcel with that stated intention to send off the character was an apparent denial that Jackman would be cameoing in next year’s jam-packed X-Men: Apocalypse, instead focusing all his efforts on the solo film. But today, a very unlikely source has revealed that the character may indeed be making an appearance.
Brooklyn-based Kika NY, which specializes in making premium leather goods, shared a photo on its Instagram page (since removed) that read, “We were just asked to make a special duffle backpack for Hugh Jackman who is filming the new X MEN movie in Montreal. We started sketching – The bag will be ready next week- we will keep you posted! #hughjackman #Xmen #movie #backpack #special.”
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Of course, there’s a slight chance that the company was misinformed, and the backpack was intended for another X-Men character, but that the company took down the photo suggests that Fox was none-too-happy about its posting in the first place.
Director Bryan Singer runs a notoriously tight ship, managing most of the on-set press reveals himself instead of waiting on opportunistic reporters and scoopsters to dig up dirt during production. As such, most of our photos from Apocalypse have come from Singer’s Instagram account, with reveals of Cerebro, Caliban and Psylocke. It seems like a pretty regrettable slip-up on Kika’s part for giving away the presence of such a key player, but it’s worth noting that the company is far from an informed source, so this isn’t clear-cut confirmation of Wolverine’s on-screen presence.
It would make a lot of sense for the iconic character to at least cameo in Apocalypse, though, given that he’s appeared in every X-Men movie to date. And with the actor hanging up his claws after Wolverine 3, Fox only has a small amount of time to capitalize on his presence.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.