At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, fans learned that one of the biggest baddies at Marvel Comics might be heading to franchise. The post-credit scene teased the introduction of Nathaniel Essex who is better known by the name Mister Sinister. The obsessive scientist stands as one of the X-Men’s greatest villains, and now, it looks like the character has been confirmed for Wolverine 3.
Earlier this week, the Digital HD release of Apocalypse went live and contained several bonus features such as an audio commentary with Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer. And, in that commentary, Singer said the Mister Sinister teaser at the end of the film was to prep audiences for Wolverine 3.
For those of you who don’t remember the post-credit scene, there’s no need to fret. The clip took audiences back to Alkali Lake where the Weapon X facility sat abandoned and bloodied after Wolverine’s escape. Several well-dressed men were seen entering the facilities with briefcases, and one of them then entered Wolverine’s holding cell to retrieve a vial of blood. The man then tucked the vial away in his briefcase, allowing readers to see that the bag iswasembellished with an ‘Essex Corp’ decal. Of course, this told readers the shady group of men belonged to a seedy corporation owned by none other than Mister Sinister.
This reveal isn’t a complete surprise to most fans given the teaser in Apocalypse, but the official confirmation is nice to have. The villain’s inclusion in the film was also an appropriate one given Mister Sinister’s connection to Apocalypse. The god-like mutant was the one who transformed Dr. Nathaniel Essex into Sinister and told him to take up the new name. While the film didn’t directly include any scenes where Apocalypse and Mister Sinister met, the plot hole could be easily filled in Wolverine 3.
If you’re unfamiliar with who Mister Sinister is, then you should know the villain is obsessed with genetics and science behind mutants. He regularly experimented on mutants and played with his own biology until he became all but immortal in his quest to find the perfect mutant.
As for who will play the character, there’s been no word. However, given Singer’s confirmation, many are speculating that Richard E. Grant will portray the crazed villain. When the actor was cast in April, his role was described as that of a “mad scientist,” a term which aptly encompasses Mister Sinister. However, fans can’t be sure whether Mister Sinister will be the central villain of Wolverine 3 just yet.
For now, fans can only hope the final Wolverine film will live up to their expectations. The film has openly rallied for a R-rating and looks like it will be bring the surly hero into a new, dark storyline. Set in the future, many believe the film will feature “Old Man Logan,” and rumors recently began circulating that X-23 would debut in Wolverine 3. Considering the character’s close connection with Mister Sinister, it would make sense for her to debut as Laura Kenney is a clone of Wolverine
Wolverine 3 will claw its way to theaters on March 3 2017.