The retirement of Hugh Jackman from the X-Men world has been a hard truth to accept for fans of the character. Jackman has, after all, been the only actor to take on the role since the beginning of the X-Men franchise, becoming the longest running actor to play a single role in superhero movies. But with his leaving, do that entail the end of Wolverine in films?
20th Century has done a great job so far, casting actors who seem born to play their mutant counterparts. Wolverine, however, was their star hero, as witnessed in his inclusion to every X-Men film, whether he was needed or not. In an interview with CinemaBlend, X-Men producer Hutch Parker shared his thoughts on the future of Wolverine. Parker said:
“I think for all of us, at the moment, and for some of us it goes back to the very first time Hugh put on the costume. The idea of casting someone else as Wolverine is just not something I can think about. [Laughs] And I don’t know. There’s part of me that thinks that he’s done such a brilliant job and is so iconic in the part, that we should leave it alone. And yet, I know there’s always a possibility that either we find a story, or a situation comes along where you think, ‘OK, maybe we should consider that.’ But at the moment, we’re kind of leaving that alone.”
Other characters from the X-Men world were recast immediately when the third and final film from the first franchise ended.
Opting for younger versions in the new reboot, the characters were given a new vitality with new actors. Since Wolverine has become an intrinsic part of the X-Men world, it would be a waste to not cast another actor, especially since he played such an important role in Jean Grey’s storyline. And since Dark Phoenix is the next upcoming project, why not introduce a brand new Wolverine for fans to root for again.