Since his original turn as Marvel’s most popular mutant in 2000’s X-Men, Hugh Jackman has become one of the most rock-solid foundations in the entirety of the comic book movie genre. His casting as Logan, the victim of the mysterious Weapon X project, has often been equated with the absolute best casting decisions in the history of comic book movies, along with the likes of Christopher Reeve as Superman, and Heath Ledger as the Joker. Now, though, Jackman is poised to say a final farewell to the ol’ Canucklehead, as his performance in James Mangold’s upcoming sequel to 2013’s The Wolverine will be the last time we see Jackman in the iconic role.
To mark the occasion, Jackman tweeted out this image, along with instructions for fans about how they can share what they’d like to see from his final performance in the X-Men film franchise. See his tweet below.
My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I'll read as many as I can. pic.twitter.com/ksA1Gii5tf
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 27, 2015
Since 2000, Jackman has appeared in all seven theatrically released X-Men movies as Wolverine. He was, of course, a major player in X-Men, 2003’s X2, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2013’s The Wolverine, and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and had a small cameo as the character in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. The only X-Men film that looks to be Wolverine-less is next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which will feature many, many other characters both returning and making their debut. The X-Men franchise is also being further expanded under 20th Century Fox’s umbrella with the release of Deadpool in February of 2016, as well as a solo Gambit film starring Channing Tatum. Rumors have also been circulating about Fox’s potential plans for some kind of crossover film between the X-Men and the rebooted Fantastic Four, which will be debuting in their own film on August 7th.
Still, the idea of Jackman hanging up the claws leaves quite a big question mark over the future of the character on film. While some unsubstantiated rumors have circulated recently about Apocalyupse and Wolverine 3 being the end of the X-Men franchise in its current form, it looks as though it will be continuing beyond the next couple of releases, especially if Bryan Singer remains involved up to and including a Fantastic Four crossover. Will Wolverine fade away with Jackman’s exit, or will 20th Century Fox inevitably decide to recast? It’s not exactly certain which way things will go, but it should prove very interesting to see how everything ultimately unfolds.
The as-yet untitled third solo Wolverine film is scheduled to be released on March 3rd, 2017. Director James Mangold has previously stated that shooting will commence in early 2016. For more on the final performance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine as news develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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