Jackman Needs ‘Pretty Compelling Reason’ to Return as Wolverine

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Seven times might be the charm for longtime Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the star of The Wolverine hinted he might be done with the character following his appearance in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“I wasn’t even sure after the first film if I would do another,” Jackman said regarding X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

Jackman has played the popular character in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, and he has The Wolverine and Days of Future Past ready to roll out this summer and next.

When asked what he thought about recasting the role of Wolverine, James Bond-style, Wolverine producer Hutch Parker said the idea “feels somewhat blasphemous.”

The Wolverine will premiere July 26, while X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

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  • Guest

    There’s still stories I think Jackman might want to tell as Wolverine. They just need to extend what’s possible for the character. “Old Man Logan” to me would be an example where we can see different takes on the character. Ultimately the mistake Fox has made was merging various aspects of Wolverine into single films. “Weapon X” and “Origin” could have been films totally on their own. I fear “The Wolverine” will be muddied by integrating elements of X-Men continuity into what should be a straightforward “Wolverine in Japan” tale.

  • LightningBug

    I don’t think there is a single character in all of fiction that couldn’t eventually be recast with a new actor under the right circumstance. That said, Jackman is extremely iconic as Wolverine, so the right circumstance to recast the character would probably be to wait a very long time and to give the character a break from movies for a little while. If Jackman hangs up his sideburns after Days of Future Past, I’d love to see a new Wolverine perhaps seven or ten years from now. Maybe by then Marvel will have managed to wrangle the rights away from Fox, and he’ll be able to join whichever actor replaces RDjr as Iron Man in a future Avengers installment.

  • lewis4510

    There wasn’t a compelling reason to spin Wolverine off into a separate franchise in the first place.

    If The Wolverine does poorly I think it could damage DoFP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    In a perfect world all of the rights to marvel characters would go to Marvel studios and the X-Men movieverse would be rebooted into the rest of the Marvel movieverse. Recast them all.

  • William_Spike

    Well if Fox is done with Wolverine after DoFP just give him back to Marvel so they can use him for Avengers 3. And being in Avengers would definitely be a compelling reason for Hugh to return.

  • Derek Metaltron

    Whilst I’d be sad to see Jackman go since he’s been one of the stronger aspects of the Fox X-Men movies, it might encourage them to focus more on other solo X-Men projects rather than relying on the cash cow. Agree that Origin and Weapon X would have worked better separately. I think if done well, ‘Old Man Logan’ could tempt Jackman back if we waited a few more years.

  • Hiya_tiger

    translation: needs more money

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Once he’s done, there can be no more Wolverine in film…at least for a respectful period. After that, he can be recast. Any attempt to immediately replace him would backfire, though. Very similar to if they tried to immediately recast Iron Man because Downey doesn’t want to come back. It feels wrong.

  • demoncat_4

    one reason being maybe a bigger paycheck to continue doing the role after so long. even though there are still a lot of x-men and solo wolverine adventures on screen to tell. but in the end its hugh call on if he is finaly done playing wolverine .

  • Christopher Shafer

    Let me get out my megaphone: A WOLVERINE MOVIE NEEDS TO BE RATED R.

    And by that, I mean to go anywhere with Wolverine that’s even slightly compelling he needs to be able to use those claws for more than knitting.

  • xaos

    I’m the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn’t crocheting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=48805881 Michael Fitz-Gibbon

    After that last Wolverine movie, I’d need a pretty compelling reason to watch another one.

  • Paul Ridgon

    It’ll never happen while Fox own the X-Men rights as this gives them exclusive use of ALL mutants (with the exception of Magneto’s twins but this was sorted when Fox first got the rights). While the X franchise is still making Fox money there’s no way they’ll let the rights go back to Marvel :(

  • Drew Melbourne

    Wolverine is the most successful solo comic-book hero* introduced over the last 40 years. Why WOULDN’T they spin him off?

    (*Looking at sustained sales and popularity.)

  • Rory Bailey

    Really? No compelling reason? Try Wolverine being Marvel’s most popular character and being somewhat distant from the X-Men due to being an Avenger for the last decade and having 300+ issues of his own title.

  • William_Spike

    But if Hugh wont return Fox will most likely retire the Wolverine character anyway for a long while. Might as well lend him to Marvel. besides just because the rights are split doesnt mean they cant make special agreements in the future about crossover of characters between both franchises. If Warner and Paramount can work together to make a Friday the 13th film then surely Disney and Fox can make some agreements to have Hugh Jackman appear as Wolverine in X-Men and Avengers – as long as the films wont compete with each other at the box office. I can totally see that happening if the higher ups of both studios would be willing to co-operate.

  • William_Spike

    Wolverine being Marvels most popular character is a bold claim. Even though he IS my most favorite Marvel hero I think he isnt more popular then Spider-Man or Iron Man. I think Spidey is still Marvels most popular and iconic flagship character in the comics.

  • Paul Ridgon

    Fox are notorious for not sharing their rights – Marvel wanted to get the rights to some of the cosmic characters for use in future films but because they fell under the remit of the Fantastic Four license they couldn’t because Fox wouldn’t release them. Marvel even offered to let Fox hang onto the daredevil rights in order to get them. There’s no guarantee Fox will even need these characters but they still hung onto them like a baby to it’s dummy. Disney can’t release the theatrical cuts of the original Star Wars movies because Fox still own the rights to them. There’s no way Fox will let a cash cow like Wolverine go back to Marvel while they hold onto the rights – they’ll probably find some way to reboot him rather than let him go. The only way for Wolverine to appear in the Avengers will be for Disney to by the rights back from Fox which will cost a fortune

  • LightningBug

    We remember X-Men Origins: Wolverine as garbage, but Fox remembers it as a screaming financial success. Dollar signs are certainly compelling enough reasons to do a spinoff, and there’s no reason to believe that the Wolverine will do poorly. Wolverine is a ridiculously potent cash cow.

  • JusticeBringer

    Except Patrick Stewart as Xavier.

  • Manuel Lopez

    I think that’s enough of jackman as wolverine out of those seven portrayals the first two xmen movies is where he did best, the rest it was downhill, I’ve avoided jackmanwolverine ever since

  • Manuel Lopez

    By the way, NO wolverine is not iconic… Superman is iconic, wolverine is just popular. Learn the difference ignorants.

  • Jon

    Iron Man has recently – through RDJR – been elevated to Wolverine-level popularity. Meaning until the movie Iron Man, Wolverine was more popular.

    Right now, I’m pretty sure Spider-Man stands alone on top, on par with Supes/Bats at DC. Then we have Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Wolverine who are on the second rung, along with DC’s Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

    And then we have everyone else. But hey, that’s just my opinion as a guy who works in marketing.

  • Jon

    You mean, like recasting Spider-Man this quickly has backfired? Oh wait, it didn’t.

  • Jon

    Wow, namecalling? Seriously?

  • 0100101101100110101101

    Yeah, it’s the basic flaw in the whole movie universe theory. At some point, the actors tire, or get to a point where they just don’t seem like the character anymore. Really, the Actor getting tired and leaving the franchise willingly is your best option, and then you hope you can pull a bond and replace him. Your worst case scenerio is the Actor doesn’t leave and you get an Angel or Nick Knight issue, where your presumably ageless imortal character starts aging, dramatically. That is sort of a problem with Robert Downey Jr, as Ironman. He was great in the part, but when you consider that the expanded shared universe could go for another 10 to 20 years, having a main player aging into his 60′s and beyond will begin to strain credulity.

  • LightningBug

    Willing wolverine not to be iconic doesn’t necessarily make it so. He wasn’t iconic, but nearly decade and a half of extremely successful films tends to elevate a character’s status.

  • blurb

    Good riddance!

  • Derp

    Money

  • http://megavikingman.tumblr.com/ Nathanial Perkins

    That wasn’t recasting. That was rebooting.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    That was a reboot. If they want to reboot Wolverine and retell his origin story with another actor, that’s fine. But that wasn’t a recasting. Also, Tob Maguire was completely wrong for Spiderman, so it didn’t bother me at all. The perfect combo would be Toby as Peter Parker and Garfield as Spiderman.

  • Bryy

    Jackman is not going to be drawn to the work just because he’s in 300 comics. Unless you are talking about the character making a lot of money, which I highly doubt you are.

  • Manuel Lopez

    I’m not willing anything, look up iconic, icon… The American flag, superman, Micky mouse, those are iconic … Jackman? No. Wolverine ? No.

  • Rory Bailey

    Didn’t say either, my comment was in response to the guy who said “There is no compelling reason for a spin-off wolverine film”. Nothing to do with whether Jackman was drawn to the work or not.

  • William_Spike

    Aquaman has gained IMMENSE popularity since the 2011 relaunch, often even outselling most other titles. So at this point Aquaman and Flash are at least as popular as Green Lantern in comics.

    And yes the movies have elevated Iron Mans popularity into the stratosphere but I never claimed otherwise. However I do think That Wolverine is more popular than Cap or Hulk (I am talking worldwide not just US.Outside of the US Cap isnt nearly as popular as within). Marvels big three are Spidey, Wolverine and Iron Man in my opinion.

    And at DC of course the Trinity as always rules all.

    Thats actually a sad thing isnt it? That besides Wonder Woman there is really no female superhero in the list of the most popular ones. That definitely needs to change, I dont like the superhero genre being so mysogynistic.

  • Orphan

    So you say now but wait until Will Smith and Jaime Foxx fans start advocating.Then again there’s always Depp.