Good point - filming on DOFP
, after all, started after The Wolverine
Oh, wait. No, it didn't
They didn't have to wait until The Wolverine
was actually released to start production on DOFP
to stagger the releases. That's not how production schedules line up for big summer releases. They did, however, start filming DOFP
after production on The Wolverine
was completed and it was in post-production. The Wolverine
was shot in 2012 for a 2013 release. DOFP
was shot in 2013 for release in 2014.
Apocalypse is slated for '16. If Jackman is available, why not aim for '17?
They may do exactly that, which would entail shooting the third Wolverine film after X-Men: Apocalypse
, with Apocalypse
shooting in 2015 for a 2016 release and the third Wolverine shooting in 2016 for a 2017 release. When Mangold says the current plan is to shoot the next Wolverine film after Apocalypse
he's just as likely, if not more so, to mean after Apocalypse
in the production schedule than after its release into theaters.