Hugh Jackman Is Pretty Sure the Next 'Wolverine' Sequel Will Be His Last


Given how frequently casting turnover tends to happen with superhero franchises -- and how physically demanding many of these roles really are -- Hugh Jackman's long tenure as Wolverine is one of the more astounding cinematic feats in recent memory; at this point, he's played the character longer than Christopher Reeve played Superman, and been given a starring or supporting role in no fewer than seven X-Men-affiliated movies, including two standalone Wolverine features.

Much as the fans might love him, though -- and much as he still might look the part -- Jackman has an admirably clear eye for how much longer he can expect to go on handling the role. Speaking with SFX Magazine about where things currently stand with a sequel to last year's The Wolverine, he admitted, "We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me."

Joking that the comics' "Old Man Logan" storyline might be the last one he can convincingly play, Jackman added that there wasn't any kind of script yet, but praised director James Mangold's screenplay-developing acumen, adding, "I’m excited to see what we can come up with, but I haven’t signed on signed on. I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it."

Even though he doesn't have a script to pull specifics from, Jackman did give an idea of how he things Wolverine's next outing should develop -- and it sounds refreshingly free of over-the-top final act heroics.

"I think it has to be better. I can still see where we can improve on the last one. I love the intimacy of that story, I liked the small stuff, I liked that it was a little unexpected," he mused. "I don’t want to get into specifics, because it just upsets people, but there are certain parts of that story where I felt we were predictable. And I don’t think you need to do that with Wolverine. What’s exciting is that you can make it a more interior story, and people actually prefer that. And that was good to show and convince everyone – especially everyone who greenlights the movies!"

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