X-Men: Apocalypse set up for future Fox X-Men movies, and one that most excited fans was a fascinating scene where genetic samples from Wolverine were obtained by the mysterious “Essex Corp”. The scene was clearly a nod to both Mr. Sinister, a classic X-Men villain, and a female clone of Wolverine known as X-23.
Even before the film’s release, Bryan Singer was happily admitting that he’d about a female Wolverine. So the scene was no surprise, but I admit that I’d been left hoping that X-23 would make her debut in an X-Men film – I’d rather liked the idea of her working alongside the X-Men. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as a swathe of details from Wolverine III are now sweeping the Internet.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT X-23 IN WOLVERINE III?
We’ve known for well over a year that Wolverine III would be set in the future, and Hugh Jackman had happily teased Comic Con crowds with the words “Old. Man. Logan.” That said, as more details emerge on the film, it definitely seems to be the case that the only element of the classic “Old Man Logan” plot that’s been brought over into the film is the idea of this being set in the future, and the protagonist being a bit older.
Wolverine will be fighting against a shadowy corporation – “Essex Corp” seems a likely candidate – and will feature a female sidekick. Here’s the lowdown on this sidekick, courtesy of .
Code Name: Zoe
12-to-15 year-old girl
A pound puppy, raised in captivity in a time of battle, without support systems of a normal childhood.
She has no family and until now, has never left the compound in which she was born.
She has an authentic intensity – Her expressions & body language speak volumes, without words.
Once released in the outside world, everything is new, every experience and every image a first.
This does not mean everything is wonderful or wonderous. Some thing she sees (things we might regard as conventional) may scare her or anger her and things we may find interesting may bore her.
She has not been instructed in many social conventions – she can eat like an animal. She studies and often mimics people’s behavior.
She has a high IQ, but is also a temperamental, impuslive and feral creature that can raise genuine mayhem.
She is a girl that has never been kissed. Looking for a real girl – not made up or done up. Also with genuine edge, not made up or put on.
Martial arts or gymnastics experience preferred but not necessary – but actress must be extremely physical and able to improvise scenes without necessarily resorting to speech. Do not play it “cute.”
The description sounds very similar to X-23, and the above photo from the set seems to support it. If you scroll back up, you’ll notice that the set appears to have a podium. In the comics, X-23 was a clone of Wolverine created as an assassin, and one of her first kills was a senator. It could well be that a version of that scene’s been lifted into the film.
Also, look at the girl carefully, and you can see what appears to be a bullet wound. It’s pretty clear that the character has a healing factor, to still be walking so confidently after getting shot!
WHAT DOES THIS TELL US ABOUT WOLVERINE III AND FOX’S BROADER X-MEN UNIVERSE?
Just these details shed a surprising amount of light on Fox’s long-term plans. First of all, because X-Men: Apocalypse‘s end-credits scene leads in to this, we know that Wolverine III is based in the rebooted X-Men timeline. That means we’re yet to have any information on what happened between X-Men: Apocalypse – where Hugh Jackman’s character escaped from Alkali Lake – and Wolverine III. It may be that Fox will deliberately choose to keep quiet on these past events, as doing so would ensure they kept the option of persuading Hugh Jackman to reprise his role in future movies.
More surprising, though, is that – if this is accurate – X-23 is being pitched as a part of the future timeline. That means the character may be making her debut in this film, but she’s unlikely to ever team up with the X-Men, and she’s not planned to become a franchise lead in the way Hugh Jackman has been. I admit that I find that disappointing; over in the comics, X-23 has taken over from Wolverine, and I was rather hoping that the same would happen in the movies.
Finally, the character is actually younger than X-23’s typical comic book portrayal. Either Fox is going with a younger version of the character, or the film will span a number of years.
All in all, the information so far is intriguing. I admit to having a mixed reaction – I personally think that, with the right casting, X-23 could have easily become a franchise lead. Still, I have to say it’s exciting to consider that we’ll soon be seeing a version of this fan-favorite on the big screen!
Are you excited to see X-23? Or do you think this character is someone else? Let me know in the comments!
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