Making a life changing decision is like making fine wine — the process requires slow fermentation and a detached approach, providing the space to allow the full flavour of choice to emerge. Hugh Jackman has carefully brewed the Wolverine Chateau since his first appearance at the turn of the millennium in X-Men, and by Logan, he's had enough time to arrive at his decision — this'll be his last appearance.
Although Logan has always come with this caveat, Jackman has played the role for 17 years — a lifetime in film standards — so it's natural his exit won't be easy, especially with legions of devoted fans hoping for "just-one-more-please." Consequently, a large portion of Jackman's time promoting the film has been spent answering the question: Is this really the end?
Hugh Jackman Is Officially Done With Wolverine
Despite many wanting more of Wolverine after #Logan, #HughJackman appears to have had enough time to ferment his future. In an interview with ComicBook.com, when asked about the possibility of one day returning, the 48-year-old actor responded concisely:
"I'm out. Look, I know it's very un-Australian to leave a party while I'm having a great time but at some point..."
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Like sunshine reflecting off an Adamantium claw, there is a glimmer of hope — Jackman didn't plan on returning before Logan, but the #XMen story with a difference was enough to help him change his mind. He added:
"I thought, 'If I do one more, I have to do the movie that I've felt' and I didn't even know what that was but I just knew there was something within me that I wanted to do. When we came up with this idea, which I recorded a voice memo of it literally two years before the day we release.
"Until that moment, I wasn't even sure I'd do this one. Having done this, I just wanted to, for me, what was the most perfect and definitive version of that character."
In a way, Jackman's admission leaves the door slightly ajar. He also made similar remarks in a New York Times interview days earlier, but also emphasised that it was his state of mind at that moment in time, before seemingly adding small-print by saying: "God knows how I'll feel in three years."
Jackman's ambivalent approach has remnants of Daniel Craig's attitude toward filming more Bond films. After wrapping on Spectre, Craig said he'd rather slash his wrists than reprise the role, although his position has since changed. Once Jackman has had more time to reflect, perhaps his position will change.
Is There Still Hope For A Deadpool Cameo?
If Jackman were to go against his word, the next logical step would be a cameo with fan favorite Deadpool. However, despite Logan and Deadpool being R-rated, there's a huge contrast between the two, which could cause a problem.
Logan's tone is melancholy and serious, while Deadpool is jovial and upbeat. Any appearance from Wolverine in Wade's world would have to come after the post-apocalyptic dust has settled. For that reason alone, Deadpool 2 seems too soon, but the already-planned Deadpool 3 could be an option. Someone will need to ask Hugh Jackman in a few years.
For now, two words sum up Jackman's approach for future appearances as Wolverine: "I'm out." But like fine wine, the alluring taste may be too much for Jackman to turn down in years to come.
Is Logan really the end for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine?