When the news broke a few days back that Hugh Jackman might actually be stepping down from his most iconic role - the X-Men series' Wolverine - it took a while for the gravity of the situation to really kick in. After all, for many of us, Hugh Jackman has spent the last fifteen years of our lives as a cinematic icon of sorts - a steadying hand on the tiller during rough superhero-ing seas.
So, if he really were to leave the X-Men movies - as this post to Twitter last weekend sure did seem to suggest...
...what on Earth would we do without him?
Well, it hardly bears thinking about - but since we may well have to sooner rather than later, we thought we should probably start looking at the possible candidates to replace him.
A Reminder of Just What They'd Have to Live Up To
And...pulling myself together...OK...Here are five possible options for a new Wolverine...
The Big Name: Tom Hardy
Hardy's brooding, intense, can grow a fantastic beard, and has a whole lot more name recognition than most actors who'd be physically capable of taking on the role - plus, he does berserker better than almost any other actor alive...
Snikt Rating: 9/10
The Jawline: Scott Eastwood
Well, he's certainly got the face for it - and if there's anyone's DNA you'd want playing Wolverine, it'd be Clint Eastwood's. Could he match up to the rigors of a Wolverine shoot, though?
Snikt Rating: 8/10
The Geek Icon: Karl Urban
He'd be an outside the box-choice in terms of proven box-office success, but there aren't many more popular actors with fans than Karl Urban. Plus, he's already proven with Dredd that he's got the chops to play a tough, surly and distinctly dark superhero...
Snikt Rating: 8/10
The Up-And-Comer: Jack Huston
If anything, Huston could be seen as being too conventionally good-looking for the role of Wolverine - but with his acting range, there's little doubt he could play the subtleties of Logan's character better than most. Could he match the look, though?
Snikt Rating: 7/10
The Outside Bet: Shia LaBeouf
Well, it is April 1 as I write this - but stranger castings have worked out...
Snikt Rating: 3/10