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Hugh Jackman Pulls Back on Ending Mutant Run After 'Wolverine 2'

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May 20, 2014
Source: IGN

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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?

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  • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
    Hugh Jackman is pushin 50 now so he still has a good amount left in. They could easily make a Wolverine trilogy from the new one with an Old Man Logan styled storyline then do a reboot years after with a different actor. Him making an appearance in X-Men Apocalypse seems like a guaranteed go since there never has been one X-Men film without Wolverine and Fox knows how much of an asset the character is to draw the audiences in (Okay not really counting that cameo in First Class but it was hyped and rumoured). Also wasn't Fox talking about making an X-Force movie sometime back?
    • mooreworthy
      I remember them saying something about X-Force, would be an epic tv show on cable though. Could you imagine the rotation of the teams similar to the Suicide Squad?
      • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
        I would definitely love to see Fox bring it to television as well. DC has been rocking the TV game with their shows such as Arrow and now The Flash and much more being planned. Even Marvel/Disney is getting into the gist of things with their planned Netflix series and AOS which has been improving alot. Not just X-Force but there is so many characters Fox has in the X-Men universe with TV series potential.
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Pffff you try hitting the gym that hard at that age, then ask yourself if you still have a good amount left in yourself.
      • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
        Your really getting to the point where I think your just desperate to troll or you really have a grudge against Hugh Jackman. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushin 70 and he is still acting in roles as physical as he was back in his prime. But I guess your going to frantically panic and pull the stunt double card in your reply when stunt doubles are common in most action films today. Or maybe your going to comment on bad acting and going to say how he has no talent. I really wonder.
  • axalon
    Jackman owns this role
    • DAVIDPD
      Jackman is this role.
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Jackman plays this role
  • Have Hope
    Jackman...it's enough...JUST LEAVE THE ROLE ALONE!
    • Xerxexx
      I disagree. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine.
      • nate
        A year from now everyone will be saying, "Affleck is Batman." Lol, to all the haters....
        • Adamant
          I disagree, Jackman is not Wolverine. Heck, read the REAL comic books, from the REAL owner & creators of Wolverine - MARVEL. No wonder there will be the death of Wolverine/Logan in the comic books soon. All these money grabbing & profit sucking studios who become movie licensees of MARVEL, just go all out and crap all over our fav Marvel mutants & webslinger to create their own baseless cinematic iterations. What happened to Cyclops? Havok older than Cyclops? Come on! jackman is only 'somewhat good as Wolverine ONLY IN the X-men movies. When he produces & acts in the SOLO Wolverine movies, its all CRAP. And now... Channing Tatum as Gambit? Facepalm.
    • Butchy Butch
      Totally agree. Simply too much and too long. He wasn't Wolverine for me since first x-men movie. But it was ok-ish. But now, really, I'm just just tired of him, after 6 (7) movies. And another 2 coming? Come on.. Not to mention, the focus on Wolverine character alone is tiresome too. I'd love to see other character spin-off too.
  • TheOct8pus
    It would be nice if Fox "rented" Wolverine to Marvel so they could have him in the Avengers....let's get an online petition going.
    • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
      This is kinda the reason why some online petitions are ridiculous. It would never happen now. Marvel has their own established universe as Fox has theirs. For Marvel to include Wolverine or any other character like Spider-Man now they would have to make some changes. It's a difference like for example Marvel can't use the term "Mutants" or "Mutation" while Fox can and many others. Possibly far down the line when Marvel takes back all the rights for their comic book film properties I would want to see it happen but far down the line were talking about years past 2020 and beyond. And there is definitely going to be a new team of Avengers or a reboot in the future with different characters which is where they could easily fit them in by then.
      • Ahsoka Cole
        While I agree with you about petitions, I don't agree with the idea of massive changes being needed. Most of the companies (Fox, Sony and even Marvel) are really just ignoring each others efforts and characters within the other's "worlds". What I mean to say is that most of these movies have been origin stories and individual adventures refining the characters as the movie company collects their cash. Only The Avengers has taken the first stab at creating a universe with consequences reverberating in other movies. What each of these comic book based movies hasn't done is anything to deny the existence of the other characters therefore leaving the ability to include multiple franchises in one or more movies very possible. Marvel is doing this now with their own stable and much like the "tag team" guest appearance in the comics of old, its brilliant because its really what the audience wants. Not just a story in a town but in a universe. To do it across companies is not too far fetched. Many companies already share "big tent" movie costs and divide up the rewards accordingly. Wolverine in an Avengers (or Hulk) movie is a completely negotiable item especially if Fox realizes that they could share in the profits of the astronomical ticket haul it would have. Plus the advantage of using the best actor/ character mixes (Jackman/Wolverine, Evans/Cap, Downey/ Iron Man) could lead to more critical praise. All that being said it probably won't happen. At least not in this universe.
      • TheOct8pus
        Come on! Dreaming is free!
  • Guest
    Could also be that he was told of for saying that, and he is now correcting it to restore peoples faith in the cinematic longevitity of the character. Either way, hate or love these movies, Jackman rocks that character.
  • Guy who comments on things
    Could also be that he was told off for saying that, and he is now correcting it to restore people's faith in the cinematic longevitity of the character. Either way, hate or love these movies, Jackman rocks that character.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Here's the problem, Hugh has just not been blessed with a great script writer and director enough for him to be able to put on a stellar Wolverine performance that justifies the comic book character (even after all these wolverine movies). Hugh has portrayed the Wolverine character pretty well but i cant help the fact that all the X-men and Wolverine movies that are wrapped around that character always just plain out suck. So......because of that......I'm just ready for a clean slate and would like to see a whole new revamp of the character. Nothing against Hugh.
    • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
      So you thought X-Men 2 one of the best in the series was a pile of garbage - "but i cant help the fact that all the X-men and Wolverine movies that are wrapped around that character always just plain out suck" - In your words. I can't disagree with you more enough. Asides from your comment on X2 (I find to be one of the best comic book films), it is true about the Wolverine films they are not without flaws. Heck Origins Wolverine was the worst but put it up against The Wolverine and it can't compare at all. I think Fox definitely wants to try and do things differently this time around and we already saw the first progression with X-Men First Class, The Wolverine and now Days of Future Past. They have a better set agenda now with goals of what they want to do compared to them before when it seems after the X3 screwup they didn't completely know what to do next. I would definitely love to see Hugh continue on the role for a few more. There is room to improve for the future. Plus I would love for them to finish the Hugh Wolverine legacy with the Old Man Logan storyline before they even think of rebooting. Also a potential X-Force movie in the future. I don't think revamps of characters should just suddenly happen (Example TASM) which I found to be a bit early considering the last film was only a few years before.
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Singer's X-men sucked. If you have to choose between which is the best out of all 3, then yeah, 2 was better, but only because of process of elimination. X2 was not that great. Cool CGI does not make up for a cheesy script and weak direction. Thats okay though, eventually everything gets rebooted.
        • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
          For the record, Bryan Singer did not direct X-Men 3. And many comic book fans can disagree with you about X2. Happy trolling Rock n Roll.
    • mooreworthy
      We might be the minority, but I also have been let down by both wolverine movies; the latter film was an improvement but still not the wolverine I grew up in the comics. I know you can't put 40 yrs of old Caknucklehead in a movie but at least make it wall to wall action (see Raid and RAID 2). We want to see claws and blood, berserker mode and not a stupid robot as Silver Samurai or some jacked up, poor man's Deadpool. For those of you who liked it, awesome, your opinion counts as well as those who didn't like the films.
    • shane willett
      Steak on a Garbage can lid is trendy in Europe.. brings the flavor out
  • JBrotsis
    Here's what Jackman should do....be Wolverine one last time for XMen: Apocalypse/Wolverine 2 then leave the role for someone else to fill. Then, contact Marvel/Kevin Feige and ask to be a "miracle child" (not mutant) and play as Wolverine or go under as a different comic name that would be Wolverine. Basically finding a loop hole where he's playing Wolverine but under no property that Fox owns. Could that work?
  • Rock n Rollllll
    One day.....
  • shane willett
    Hugh Jackman is the first Wolverine on the big screen, so there will be more..
  • MLTC
    I hope Hugh Jackman continues as Wolverine!
  • nick pate
    I think that it is his best movies and he should keep being the wolverine he makes a perfect wolverine if u ask me and he could make a lot more money before he retires and I also think it would be off the chain if they put wolverine in the avengers
  • Jay Celli
    We love you jackman!! You are the Wolverine!!!!

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