Considering the box office success of The Wolverine and the upcoming release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, few fans were worried about the seeming cinematic immortality (13 years is a long time!) of Hugh Jackman's take on Marvel's least-merry mutant. Still, fans will take comfort in Deadline's report that Jackman, along with The Wolverine director James Mangold, are both in negotiations to return for The Wolverine 2.

Plot details are more or less nonexistent for the sequel, although The Wolverine's ending certainly established a status quo that could be explored. Fox's X-movies aren't exactly beholden to intense continuity rules, however, meaning anything is possible. X-Men Origins: Wolverine covered a lot of bases for the character, so it seems likely that a new film could push the character's clawed narrative forward in a way that hasn't quite been done since the first three X-Men films.

Something tells me we won't be seeing a "The Wolverine: The Patch Chronicles 3D" in the coming summers, but one can always dream...



[Via ScreenCrush]