Hugh Jackman Pulls Back on Ending Mutant Run After 'Wolverine 2'
Just a couple weeks after Hugh Jackman predicted the end of his run as Marvel Comics' favorite mutant Wolverine, it appears he might have had a change of heart. At the end of April, when asked about The Wolverine 2 (that's what we're calling it so we don't have to think about X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the actor said, "If I did another one I'm 99.9% sure it would be the last." However, it sounds like the promotional tour for X-Men: Days of Future Past, or maybe the prospect of shooting X-Men: Apocalypse and The Wolverine 2 back-to-back has him thinking about sticking around as long as fans want him here.
Speaking with IGN this time, Jackman acknowledges his previous statement:
"At one point, you're right, I said I was pretty sure [that ‘The Wolverine’ would be my last outing in the role]. But I'm less sure as it goes along. Because after seeing this movie, the whole thing feels fresher to me than ever. And during this movie…I don't want to spoil anything, but it's kind of like a clean slate, so who knows where it's going to go. As long as I have the passion for it and the fans will have me."
Jackman even goes so far as to say again how much he would like to team up with The Avengers:
"I would love to see him as part of ‘The Avengers.’ Because there's a great dysfunction among that team, and I think Wolverine would fit right into that. He'd like that. There's no doubt he'd get in a fight with the Hulk at some point. Those two bad, rage-filled characters are going to square off at some point. It would be quite fun. I don't know how much fun to shoot it would be because I'm sure I'd be on the worst end of it, but hey, he can heal."
This isn't the first time Jackman has flip-flopped on his desire to keep playing Wolverine. But as Jackman ages and he's nearing the seventh and eighth films where he would be playing the same character, this time it seemed like a more solid prediction. Of course, he's right when it comes to the clean slate, because if the actor is indeed sticking around for X-Men: Apocalypse, that means he's working with the younger X-Men: First Class cast. Anyway, the good news is it'll be a few years before we have to think about whether or not Jackman will step down from the mutant mantle, so fans should enjoy it while they can. Thoughts?