As Wolverine, we’ve seen Hugh Jackman become one of the cornerstones to Fox’s “X-Men” franchise and it might surprise some that he doesn’t appear in ‘Dark Phoenix.’ While Ryan Reynolds hasn’t been able to get the actor to unsheath his claws to appear in both ‘Deadpool’ movies, it really makes sense that he wouldn’t appear in this film since hanging up the claws. However, writer and director Simon Kinberg shares that there is an entirely different reason why we don’t see Wolverine showing up and that has nothing to do with the actor having retired from the role.
The original Dark Phoenix Saga comics took place during an era where Wolverine and Jean were attracted to one another and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ had a bit of a love triangle angle between Wolverine, Jean, and Cyclops. ‘Dark Phoenix won’t be going doing this route:
“If you know the Dark Phoenix story, you’d want to really service the love story between Logan and Jean. And I think the notion of Hugh Jackman, as great as he looks for his age, and Sophie Turner — it didn’t sit well with me. Or anyone else!”
While seeing Jackman hitting on a younger Jean would likely have been offputting, I’d again state that I’m sure his continued retirement from playing Wolverine after the release of ‘Logan’ had nothing to do with this choice.
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If they had let Matthew Vaughn run with his vision of the “X-Men” franchise after ‘X-Men: First Class’ they could have feasibly recast a younger version of the character which would have fit here, but that probably would have had fans up in arms for a completely different reason.
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‘Dark Phoenix’ will rise in your local theaters on June 7th, 2019!
Source: Rolling Stone