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'The Wolverine' Sequel May Be Hugh Jackman's Last Mutant Outing

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April 30, 2014
Source: SFX

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When X-Men: Days of Future Past hits this summer, it will be the sixth time that Hugh Jackman has played the adamantium clad mutant Wolverine. The actor has become a comic book James Bond of sorts, but now that he's played the same character for 15 years, it sounds like he's ready to step down. 20th Century Fox is already developing a sequel to The Wolverine with director James Mangold returning, but Jackman isn't yet officially signed to reprise his role, and he's waiting to see where the story goes before committing. The actor might be using this as a negotiating tactic, but either way, Jackman is near the end.

Speaking with SFX (via ComingSoon), Jackman was asked about The Wolverine 2 and said, "I’m excited to see what we can come up with. But I haven't signed on. I'm genuinely at that point where unless it's better than the last one I'm not going to do it." And Jackman indicates that he and Mangold are still working through where Logan's journey will go next saying, "I don't know yet. We're talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I'm 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me." That's quite a lot of certainty.

This is an inevitable fact that fans were going to have to face sooner than later. Much like Robert Downey Jr. will not always be Tony Stark/Iron Man, Hugh Jackman cannot always be Wolverine. Since actors are ageless like comic book characters, they will have to be replaced at some point, and it sounds like if The Wolverine 2 comes together, than Jackman will call it quits after that. The film is already set for release on the somewhat unceremonious date of March 3rd, 2017, which is in line with Mangold saying they wouldn't shoot the film until after X-Men: Apocalypse is done. Of course, since that sequel is supposed to follow the younger X-Men, we likely won't see Jackman pop up in that film at all. Stay tuned.

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  • Chris Groves
    I REALLY hope that he is somehow included in X-Men: Apocalypse. Because then I think he would have 9 on-screen appearances as Wolverine, and have appeared in a trilogy of trilogies, so to speak. The original trilogy of X-Men, X2, The Last Stand The 'Wolverine Trilogy' of Origins, The Wolverine, and this 3rd film The 'Alternate reality trilogy' of First Class(albeit a cameo), Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse Also, I say go the old man Logan route, why not?
    • Cocaino Weaver
      Because Wolverine desperately needs to be in every X-Men film and there isn't like any other important character that can take his place. Oh yeah audiences crave Wolverine your right screw the other characters we want more Wolverine! Just make Wolverine the central focus and oh yeah riding up the box office money oh yeah everyone loves Wolverine so we gotta give em more Wolverine! My friend you should work for Fox, because you clearly understand what they want!
  • Brian Sleider
    OH for fucks sake, let the poor horse rest in peace already.
  • Lagoya
    After the utter garbage that was 'The Wolverine' they should definitely reboot this franchise.
    • cg
      did you see the unrated version??
      • Cocaino Weaver
        Oh yes that unrated version with fake CGI blood flying around ooh that sure made a difference....
        • Whoaa Nelly Johnson
          I guess your just a hard man to please why don't u go to film school and produce and direct a movie id love to watch
          • cg
            Seriously. People think a film is easy to make. Please Cocaino Weaver, I dare you to make just a 10 min short film
      • Lagoya
        No I haven't but I doubt it will change my mind, I thought the entire premise was bad and the Silver Samurai was terrible - a robot! wtf?!
    • http://djkento.com/ Kento
      if you think The Wolverine was utter garbage then you have to acknowledge that they're all pretty bad. The Wolverine was easily the best X-Men film to date.
      • Cocaino Weaver
        The Wolverine was so slow and boring. On top of that it had the worst villains I have ever seen. How they heck did they manage to screw up Silver Samurai!? Don't get me started on Viper! Gosh X-Men 3 is still the best X-Men film to date in my opinion. What The Wolverine was missing was more mutants and the biggest problem is that ninjas or samurai whatever never felt like a real threat. Oh yeah he has his usual healing factor taken away but that still never felt like a real threat. Plus I hated the constant subtitles in The Wolverine. Just dub their voices your making an American film for American audiences no one wants to read subtitles or even has that attention span to do so.
        • Lagoya
          THIS!
        • Lagoya
          I refuse to read subtitles, EVERY film should be dubbed in English.
          • ProjectionistHP
            There is nothing more stupid than foreign people speaking english to each other, when it isn't their native language... Only in america
          • Maxx
            Exactly. The surprise that a film that primarily took place in Japan included the Japanese language is idiotic. Personally, I prefer foreign films. Also, actors performing in their native language can bring out more honest performances. Dubbed performances always sit wrong with me and I feel cheated out of the story.
        • Whoaa Nelly Johnson
          Have you seen the unrated cut? MUCCHHHHH Beter
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Thats cause he knows Mangold sucks. Unfortunately, Hugh has never been blessed with a director or script writer good enough for Hugh to play Wolverine to his full potential. I'm sorry but i have yet to see a movie with Wolverine in it that i would consider watching twice.
  • Rage72
    I say they should let Mark Wahlburg take over as Wolverine..he's a lot shorter and just as muscular as Hugh, and he pretty much has the build of the Wolverine in the comics.
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Aside from the build, Mark isnt that great a actor. He just lacks the charisma to pull off a badass like Wolverine. Plus, Mark is already in his 40s, AND...... you know how much fake facial hair they'd have to patch on his face since Mark cant grow a beard to save his life. The list goes on and on. If Josh Brolin were a little bit younger, i think he'd play a pretty badass Wolverine.
      • Cocaino Weaver
        Mark is an amazing actor, you clearly aren't just a fan of his fine acting skills as seen in films such as Max Payne and The Happening (One of his most dramatic roles yet). He definitely pull off an awesome Wolverine and your concerns about facial hair is stupid because every film has something called a make up department where they you know do something like transform an actor for the part. In personal opinion Josh Brolin would be too menacing as Wolverine. I would personally love for Kellan Lutz to take over the mantle. Lutz is a growing action star and this would be perfect for him.
        • Rock n Rollllll
          I'm sorry but i cant take anything you say seriously. All your comments are so damn outlandish, and your perception towards movies and actors are extremely out of left field, especially your choice in movie favorites. I think you are in fact a troll as others have stated and i believe that you only comment to get a rise out of the firstshowing followers.
          • Cocaino Weaver
            "Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man." - The Dude
          • Rock n Rollllll
            "Shut the fuck up, Cocaino!" - Walter
          • JBrotsis
            Maybe it's just me because I'm a huge fan of him and would love to see him finally make a break-through movie role...but I'd love to see Josh Holloway be the next Wolverine. Yea age may be against him, but maybe there won't be very many Wolverine movies after Jackman steps down. Kellan Lutz, lol....give me a break.
      • Rage72
        I disagree Rock n Rolllll, IMO Mark could definitely pull this off...besides, I think they'll need a household name like his to replace Hugh...I think he could definitely pull it off..As far as Josh Brolin, I still wish he could have been Batman.
        • Rock n Rollllll
          Yeah i would of loved him as batman too...........but i think he can pull off a really good Wolverine too. Hes just that much of a badass.
  • DAVIDPD
    Thank you. The man's skins can longer be stretched by all those muscles. Take a rest big fella.
  • Trey Wilson
    All speculation. I wouldn't throw too much credence to this. I'm sure if FOX threw enough money at him, he'd 'reconsider.'
    • blargh
      I don't think it's about the money. If the days of future past and the wolverine sequel get a good reaction I can see him staying. That said he isn't young anymore.
  • JBrotsis
    My only concern is this. Jackman has always been one of my favorite actors, outside of even his Wolverine roles. He's the perfect dude to play the character (like RDJ for Tony Stark). And he's expressed pure delight to make an appearance with the Avengers and fight along side them. So hypothetically....let's just say in future (far or close) Marvel finally obtains the rights to the XMen property and indeed wants to have Wolverine interact with the Avengers and fight another threat (this being after Wolverine 3 and Jackman has passed the torch). I wonder if Jackman would come back for the role if the opportunity presented itself??!
    • Rock n Rollllll
      I think hes just feeling discouraged already cause his last two Wolverine movies have not gotten a lot of positive praise, that and the fact that hes been doing Wolverine a long time.
  • dbucks
    I have always thought Tom Hardy would be a perfect fit for the role. He's short, bulky, has a great pissed off face, and the dude can act.
  • mooreworthy
    Love Hugh as Wolverine but his solo films have been underwhelming for me.
  • K8
    The second Wolverine movie did kinda suck! I hope the next one will be better. But if Jackman will not reprise his role then there is no point continuing the franchise he started. Also...he's too tall to be Wolverine.

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