Hugh Jackman as Wolverine—it’s an idea that was met with a massive fan backlash when first announced nearly 14 years ago, but in the intervening time between 2000’s X-Men and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s become nearly impossible to think of the character without seeing Hugh Jackman’s face.
But it sounds like that will be changing in the next few years, as Jackman plans on retiring from Wolverine (a character who is supposed to age nearly imperceptibly) after his next solo film… if the film can measure up to the last one.
Jackman had this to say in an interview with SFX Magazine:
I don’t know [what's happening with Wolverine 3 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.
Well, of course we’re looking at Old Man Logan, because that may be the only option left at this point! [laughs] We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we’re still working it out. I’m working with Jim Mangold, which is exciting. Jim came on board The Wolverine after Darren [Aronofsky] left, so he inherited it. And of all the things that Jim can do, one of the great things he does is develop scripts. I’m excited to see what we can come up with, but I haven’t signed on signed on. I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for a May 23, 2014 release date.
Are you ready to say goodbye Jackman’s Wolverine?