Well, James Mangold certainly seems to be having a good time.
The post-credits of X-Men: Apocalypse very clearly seemed to be pointing to fan favorite villain Mister Sinister as a potential next villain. In the actual scene, we see somebody take a vial of Wolverine's blood and place it inside an Essex Corp. briefcase. The company itself is named after the character Nathaniel Essex, AKA Mister Sinister, who's made a nasty habit of cloning mutants.
While this scene would seem to indicate Sinister in the next X-Men film, director Bryan Singer revealed via the X-Men: Apocalypse commentary that the scene was meant to set up the character for The Wolverine III. Director James Mangold has been mum on the whole thing, until recently, when Mangold took to Twitter and posted the following tweet:
Some fans may initially make take this as a backhanded denial of the role, but given that the report wasn't a rumor, but something said by Singer himself, I initially thought this is Mangold teasing fans about the whole thing.
However, later on down the twitter conversation, he took a jab at media outlets, saying:
What do you make of this response? Is this Mangold's way of telling fans not to expect a Mister Sinister, or is he just yanking our chain? Had this all be one big rumor from an unknown source, I'd be more likely to believe him, but given that the reports are sourced from Bryan Singer, I give it some credibility.
Well, we'll find out soon enough.
The Wolverine III hits theaters on March 3, 2017.
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SOURCE: James Mangold