Hugh Jackman Might Not Actually Be Done Playing Wolverine on the Big Screen

By May 21, 2014
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Despite continued box office interest in both the X-Men movies and the standalone Wolverine films, the clawed one himself has recently expressed some trepidation at come back for more — or at least, too much more — in the way of superhero films. Hugh Jackman recently told SFX Magazine that he was “99.9%” sure that the next Wolverine film in the pipeline would be the last time he played the hero on screen. That sure sounds, well, sure, but perhaps a little something called “good buzz” is making him rethink his position on the matter.

Jackman recently sat down with IGN to chat about this week’s new release, X-Men: Days of Future Past, the recipient of said good buzz, and he sounds like his tune may have changed just a bit. He told the outlet: “At one point, you’re right, I said I was pretty sure. 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.”

The Wolverine

Jackman does have a point, as DOFP does sort of reset things in the X-Men universe, which will open up all kinds of new chances for its entire cast — including Wolverine, who is already at the center of the action in the new film and seems pretty damn good at it. With both X-Men: Apocalypse and a new Wolverine movie in the works, Jackman does have plenty of time to play the character, and this apparent new burst of interest and energy just might drive those films and more.

But if Jackman really is going whole hog on this “staying Wolverine” thing, where else can he take the character? In Jackman’s mind, straight to the top of the superhero heap, as the star also revealed some big ideas to IGN in yet another big chat, telling them:

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 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.

Can someone explain rights issues to Jackman or are we just going to let this thing happen because he’s Hugh Jackman and everyone loves him?

You can definitely see Jackman playing Wolverine this weekend, when X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on Friday.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.