(CBR) The Fox’s X-Men universe is a complicated place, with the original trilogy crossing paths with the "First Class" generation in May’s "X-Men: Days of Future Past". And the there’s Wolverine, who has his own franchise to consider.

We’re talking about "The Wolverine", the Hugh Jackman-starring film that clawed into theaters last summer. It was enough of a critical and commercial hit that Fox has tapped director James Mangold to come up with a follow-up, presumably continuing the stories and themes carved out in the 2013 blockbuster.

But when can we expect Mangold and Jackman to reunite for a new "Wolverine" movie? According to the director himself, it’s going to be a little while. Mangold tackled the question on Twitter over the weekend, promising we won’t see his next "Wolverine" picture until after "X-Men: Apocalypse", Bryan Singer’s planned "Days of Future Past" follow-up.

Røb @R__E__D_R__U__M

@20CenturyFox @ShuDonner @mang0ld Is the new #Wolverine film coming after #XMenApocalypse???

@R__E__D_R__U__M @20centuryfox @ShuDonner We are figuring it all out. At the moment, I’m shooting The next #Wolverine after #XmenApocalypse.

— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 15, 2014

If that’s the case, then we won’t see another "Wolverine" until after "Apocalypse" hits in 2016 — making 2017 or 2018 the likeliest bets.

(via Collider)

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