Hugh Jackman has enjoyed an immensely popular run as the fan-favorite mutant Wolverine, but that will be coming to an end soon in the James Mangold-directed Logan. Recently, however, the actor revealed the one thing that might have gotten him to stay with the franchise.
A Wolverine super fan recently had the chance to watch Logan early (via ScreenRant), a film which currently enjoys a 4.29 out of 5 rating on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings. In the follow-up interview, he asked Jackman if he would be on board for an Avengers movie, with all film right issues set aside for the hypothetical scenario.
"If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know."
Jackman went on to pretty much confirm that he would have stuck around as the iconic mutant if his Marvel alumni had been involved. "At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character]."
Yeah, that's going to hurt a bit, especially in light of Sony's Spider-Man deal that turned out to be a win-win for both parties involved. FOX continues to do their own thing with the X-Franchise, and with every hit like Deadpool, there seems to be a dud like Fantastic Four. Things seem to be trending in the right direction with the recently released Legion series and the upcoming Deadpool 2, but the jury is still out on their core X-Men movie franchise.
Logan takes place in the year 2029, where mutant births have become extremely rare. The defenders of mutant kind, the X-Men, are long gone, and the only remains of them are an old and struggling Charles Xavier and a weary Logan. Logan's vaunted healing factor has slowed, and at times doesn't seem to work at all. When a young mutant needs his help, Logan has to unsheathe his claws once more. His job isn't over yet.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman (Logan), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney/X-23), Doris Morgado (Maria), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela), and Richard E. Grant (Dr. Zander Rice). James Mangold is directing and helped on the screenplay along with Scott Frank and Michael Green.
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.