End of an Era as Wolverine looks set to retire

All good things must sadly come to an end – a philosophy of life that is as inescapable as the British weather.

Wolverine himself, Mr Hugh Jackman, has hinted via his Instagram account that his upcoming outing as the clawed anti-hero in the yet Untitled Wolverine Sequel will be his last.

The Aussie actor, who’s portrayed the X-Men’s most famous member since 2000, looks set to hang up his claws despite last year announcing his plans to continue in the role for “as long as humanly possible”. It’s certainly the end of an era in the superhero world if this news is true, considering, like Robert Downey Jr with Iron Man, Jackman has pretty much moulded the character to the point where it would not look bizarre for anyone else to portray him.

The news marks another harsh blow for Marvel and the X-Men franchise as a whole, with news of Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lawrence also planning on stepping down from her role as Mytique after production of X-Men: Apocalypse finishes.

Next years blockbuster will mark the seventh time Hugh Jackman has donned the famous sideburns over the last sixteen years, and even though he’s expressed on numerous occasions how much he values the character for keeping him in he highest physical fitness, it appears the man has made his mind up this time.

Of course both Twentieth Century Fox and representatives for Jackman have yet to confirm the news, meaning that nothing is set in stone – so the perhaps Aussie star could still be persuaded to remain with the franchise if studio execs were willing to offer a lucrative deal in the near future.

Hugh Jackman will return alongside Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult when X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas from May 19, 2016.

Spectre – Teaser Trailer

It has arrived – the first trailer for Spectre has officially landed and it’s clearly going to be the most mind-blowing 007 outing yet.

Daniel Craig returns as the world’s most famous spy when a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

With Sam Mendes returns to the directors helm after the phenomenal of Skyfall and a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista, Spectrelooks set to go on and eclipse the record breaking gross of it’s predecessor when it hits cinemas worldwide from October 23.

Idris Elba in talks for Star Trek 3 villain

He’s currently being tipped as the next Bond, well after Daniel Craig steps down that is, so he’s clearly proven he’s a man in demand. Now Idris Elba is reportedly in talks to star as the next villain in J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Trek sequel which is yet to receive a name.

The third outing of the U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, is scheduled to go into production later this year with Elba rumoured to be starring as it’s main villain, although exact details on the character are still being kept secret.

It’s probably no surprise that creator Abrams has opted for another British actor, considering how popular Benedict Cumberbatch was as evil warloard Khan in 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness. Though for the third instalment there looks set to be some behind the scenes changes with original visionary J.J. Abrams stepping down, most likely due to his committments to the new Star Wars trilogy, and Fast & Furious supremo Justin Lin taking the helm. Another interesting addition is to the writing team, with cast member Simon Pegg co-writing the script – so expect a lot more humour and awesome action scenes.

With original cast members Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin also attached to reprise their roles, Star Trek 3 looks set to be even better than its predecessors. Catch Star Trek 3 beaming in to cinemas wirldwide from July 8, 2016.

Jennifer Lawrence set to leave X-Men franchise

It appears the X-Men franchise may be set to lose one of it’s most popular stars – fan-favourite Jennifer Lawrence has hinted in a recent interview that the up-coming X-Men: Apocalypse may be her last outing as mutant bad-ass Mystique.

The Hunger Games actress was slightly coy with reasons behind her decision to leave the hit franchise, despite reports last year of a potential Mystique spin-off film.

Along with co-stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, Lawrence has been a crucial factor in the success of the ‘First Class’ franchise, with the last outing, Days of Future Past, raking in an astounding $500 million in its first week of release. Which now leaves a burning question as to where this franchise will go, where it to lose one of its most popular stars?

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to showcase a new group of actors and actresses, all playing younger versions of popular characters such as Cyclops, Jean Gray and Storm. Much like the current cast, these new additions to the X-Men family, including Tye Sheridan and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, could in fact be the future of the franchise, perhaps leading us into yet another trilogy.

Even though it appears the franchise is more than prepared to deal with any loss of its current cast, nothing is definite yet – for someone of Jennifer Lawrence’s stature and star power, studios are usually prepared to break the bank in order to ensure their stars can be encouraged back into the fold. Though having fronted the box-office mega-franchise The Hunger Games, the last of which is due out at the end of the year (2016), no-one could blame Lawrence for wanting a bit of down time.

With an all-star returning cast, as well as some new faces including Channing Tatum as Gambit, you can catch X-Men: Apocalypse in cinemas from May 27, 2016.