ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Sometimes it's difficult not to get precious about our favorite characters, especially when the actor or actress behind the mask has played them for so long or so well that they become indistinguishable from our idea of the character.

One such person that always pops to mind in such discussions is that of Robert Downey Jr. and his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man, the forerunner of what is now the biggest franchise in cinema history, the Cinematic Universe. But before Downey Jr. revitalized his career playing the Man of Iron, Hugh Jackman was the premiere actor.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in 'X-Men' (2000) [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in 'X-Men' (2000) [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

And now, after 17 years, Jackman is hanging up his claws as Wolverine after this year's , which has become the superhero movie to see this year, racking up critical acclaim left right and center. It's a bittersweet end to Wolverine's run in the Fox-Marvel Universe, but an apt one.

And of course the question is raised, who could ever replace Jackman? has enjoyed his popularity as one of the most loved and — more importantly for Fox — most bankable characters of the X-Men Universe, so replacing him in the live-action universe seems an inevitability. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Just ask Han Solo.

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There's always fierce debate around such issues, although a specific actor has just to emerge as a fan favorite thus far. So when Bad Taste had the opportunity to interview Logan director James Mangold, they of course pitched the question to him about the recasting of the sharp and pointy one of the X-Men team.

You might say they 'axed' him a question [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
You might say they 'axed' him a question [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

During the interview, Mangold was asked who he would choose to replace . Straight off the bat Mangold answered:

"I don’t think anyone should ever play Wolverine again."

He was, of course, joking. Directors can't afford to be so precious about their characters, although Mangold holds the mantle now of directing the most successful Wolverine outing yet. He continued on to say:

"I’m not going to cast 'Hamlet.' Maybe someone else in ten years can play him."

Jackman in 'Logan' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Jackman in 'Logan' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Ten years might be a bit ambitious, but Mangold is correct in his suggestion that we probably won't see a recasting of Wolverine on the big screen for a while yet. Let the earth settle for a moment. And of course we have very little idea where the X-Men franchise is going to go next, although Jackman's cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse confirmed that Wolverine does still exist as part of that timeline.

Jackman himself has accepted passing on the baton as part and parcel of what comes with playing a successful franchise character, telling the New York Times:

"The character will go on. Someone else will play it, for sure."

In his typical good nature, Jackman continued to say that he was at peace with someone else taking over the character. Unless it's Daniel Day-Lewis of course.

"Unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays [Wolverine] and wins the Oscar — then I might have a little problem."

Logan is set for release in the US on March 3, 2017. Do you have a favorite to play Wolverine after Hugh Jackman? Tell us in the comments below!

(Sources: Bad Taste; The New York Times)


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