Spoilers – X-Men: Apocalypse setting up female Wolverine to replace Hugh Jackman

This will really shake up the X-Men series.

Wolverine X23
Lady Wolverine Meet Hugh Jackman's possible X-Men replacement. Image Picture Marvel Comics

X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t even out in cinemas yet, but secrets are leaking out about the latest instalment in the long-running mutant saga.

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Still with us? Good, here’s what you need to know: X-Men: Apocalypse’s post-credits scene shows “a besuited man walking through the remains of the Weapon X clean-up programme”

Per Bleeding Cool, this man (allegedly Marvel character Mister Sinister) is “retrieving vials of Wolverine’s blood labelled Weapon X. And placing them into his briefcase which contains other vials of differing colours.”

This shady individual works for Essex Corp, who in the comic book realm are behind the creation of X-23/Laura Kinney – aka a female Wolverine cloned from the original.

Hugh Jackman in X-Men: Origins - Wolverine
The Wolverine Hugh Jackman as Logan Image Picture 20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman, who appears briefly in Apocalypse, has already confirmed that 2017’s Wolverine film will end his 17-year run playing the character.

X-Men director Bryan Singer has already been dropping some major hints about this possible change-up for the series.

Speaking to Fandango, Singer talked up the idea of doing an X-Force movie and including X-23 in the line-up.

“I have discussed that with the studio. I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female [Wolverine],” Singer said.

The filmmaker added that X-Force screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg “is in the earliest script stage, so that’s kind of where that stands, and we’ll see how it evolves”.

With these comments and the way Apocalypse winds up, all signs are pointing towards a fresh spin on a classic X-Men character.

 

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