One of the big rumors floating about recently is if the Disney and Fox deal goes through, will Hugh Jackman return for one last outing as Wolverine, but that doesn’t actually seem to be the case. The actor has been quiet on rumors of the deal ever since they came up and now has decided it was time to squash any future involvement he might have with the studios.
While as an actor it is unlikely he would know how far a deal between the Marvel properties would actually entail, Jackman had previously stated that if an Avengers and X-Men crossover had been “on the table when I made my decision [to stop playing Wolverine], it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure.” Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that at the time, it wasn’t.
Time has moved on and so has Jackman. When asked about the merger during a press event for his upcoming film ‘The Greatest Showman,’ the actor who has personified Logan shared his thoughts on the potential buyout:
“It’s interesting because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head. But it was like, “Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,” and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, “Hang on!” But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.”
With ‘Logan’ we finally were given the Wolverine that we were promised and teased for his 17-year career as the character and it was a take that likely wouldn’t fit into the established Marvel Cinematic Universe. While he is what fans have wanted, he is just too brutal and violent to be able to reprise that one more time and go up against our current takes on Captain America and Iron Man.
Without a crunch of films tying him up in the near future, it was pointed out that he could fit it into his schedule if offered but Jackman quickly shot it down again saying:
“Never before have I felt the landscape so bare — maybe I should be worried about that. But… I just finished, wrapped a film with Jason Reitman called The Front Runner, which is a political comedy and I do feel right now very open and excited to have no idea what is coming next.”
While it will be sad to not see this iteration of Logan ever go up against The Avengers, it also makes sense. Jackman not only retired from the character but gave us with a perfect cinematic version of him that just couldn’t be repeated, at least not in the MCU.
Are you sad that we won’t see Hugh Jackman if the deal between Disney and Fox goes through or do you want them to start fresh on the mutants that don’t end up on a side banner assuming the likes of ‘Deadpool’ will be kept in a separate R-Rated category? Share your thoughts below True Believers!