As for the swans for iconic characters, they're not much better than Logan. After playing Wolverine for nearly two decades, and starring in his fair share of sequels and spin-offs along the way, Hugh Jackman gave the character the parting he deserved, as he seemed to draw a definitive line under his tenure as the mutant. infused with adamantium.
However, as soon as Disney completed its Fox takeover, the rumor mill almost immediately began to turn on the Australian actor who was potentially growing his sideburns once more now that the prospect of seeing Wolverine cross paths with the Avengers. it had become a reality. Despite reiterating more than once that he officially retired from the role, the fact that Jackman admitted that he would have loved the opportunity to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sandbox hasn't done much to deter speculation.
While we recently reported that the 51-year-old man had turned down Marvel's offer to make a full-time comeback, he also didn't completely dismiss the idea of a cameo, presumably as long as it didn't compromise the emotional impact of Logan & # 39; s The ending left comic book fans around the world with tears in their eyes when the credits came.
In a recent interview, director James Mangold was asked about the possibility of Jackman adapting once again, and while he admitted he would find it more than a little surprising, he hopes that if it ever happened, it would be for reasons that were not purely financially motivated.
"I'd be surprised if Hugh were to put it back on. What would my curiosity be if any of these things happened, what are they doing with it? I mean, I wouldn't be shy if someone had a good idea. If it's basically," I was told. the money ran out and I needed a big salary, and I'm making an empty film that lowers the quality of the previous one. "Well, that would be his own sadness."
Mangold went on to explain that while he doesn't have a problem if Logan It didn't mark the end of Jackman's career as Wolverine, if the actor returned, there would have to be a justifiable reason for it other than Marvel Studios taking on one of the most popular and bankable characters in 21st century cinema.
"The reality is, if you have a good idea for a character, then there's nothing wrong with doing something. I don't make these rules. For me, I always ask someone to do something imaginative that doesn't just seem like they're taking everyone these assets and throwing them back onto the screen, just to make dough. "
While that sounds a bit hypocritical coming from the guy who recently signed on to direct Indiana Jones 5, a highly successful action sequel that will become the protagonist of an 80-year-old man in the title role when he finally hits theaters, you can still fully understand Mangold's point. Just because Marvel can theoretically appear at Hugh Jackman's door with enough cash to convince him to play Wolverine again doesn't mean they should.