Sure, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" doesn't hit the multiplex circuit until this Friday (unless of course you're one of the lucky fans that live in Tempe, AZ), but that certainly isn't stopping the actor who's become synonymous with Marvel's franchise hero, Hugh Jackman, from dishing on where he'd like to take Wolvie on his next epic adventure -- both in terms of story and location.
"I won't lie to you, I have been talking to writers," Jackman told MTV News. "I'm a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book."
"However, it was also another one of my goals that you could see the end of this movie parlaying straight into ['X-Men'], finding that guy in the bar, fighting, drinking, with not much recollection of what's going on," added Jackman. "I thought that was important. However, we'll find out beginning of May if there's still an audience for it, if people still like the character. There's no point in telling the story if no one wants to hear it."
Clearly, Jackman's not one to change his mind, as this isn't the first time he's mentioned to MTV his desire to take Wolverine to Japan. However, for those fans out there who think he's simply parlaying his successful run as Wolverine into an extended vacation to the Japanese countryside, the actor makes it quite apparent that he definitely knows his Wolverine.
"There are so many areas of that Japanese story," Jackman explained. "I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world -- I can see it aesthetically, too -- full of honor and tradition and customs and someone who's really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his way. The idea of the samurai, too -- and the tradition there. It's really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai -- not even mutants. He's shocked by that at first."
But it ain't all cool samurai fights that have Jackman interested.
"There's also a great, very intricate story there with Mariko," hinted Jackman in reference to one of Wolverine's lost loves. "And so many cool ways we could go."
Do you agree with Jackman that Wolverine should go to Japan if there's a sequel? Or is there another era from the comic books that you'd like to see make its way to the screen? Let's hear it in the comments.