If X-Men producer Hutch Parker is to be believed, we won’t see Wolverine on the big screen again anytime soon.
Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine over the course of nine films and nearly 17 years will go down in comic book cinematic history as one of the most committed portrayals in the genre. After nearly two decades, Jackman’s commitment to Wolverine culminated into James Mangold’s near-masterpiece Logan. Now that Jackman is moving onto different projects, the prospects of recasting Wolverine must have crossed the minds of the producers behind the X-Men films. But according to Logan and X-Men movie producer Hutch Parker, the idea of finding someone else to wield the adamantium claws is pretty difficult. During a recent interview, Hutch Parker said the studio is so focused on building up other mutants that it isn’t even considering recasting Wolverine for the foreseeable future.
“I think for the moment our focus really is on other characters,” he told Screen Rant. “I think there’s a part for all of us that feels like Logan, as played by Hugh, is the definitive performance of that character. And I think we’re all a little hesitant at the idea of rebooting it in any way. So, for the moment we’re going to look at – there’s so much else explore in the [X-Men] Universe and to play with. Particularly now as we’ve seen such bold tonal choices being made, I think that opens up the landscape as well, to seeing other genres living kind of fully within the comic book genre. And you saw that with Guardians of the Galaxy, I believe [it] is an exceptional example of that. Obviously Deadpool and Logan now, but I think there’ll be more to come.”
Parker makes some good points here, and it’s easy to see why everyone involved would be hesitant to dive back into the character of Wolverine again, especially at this point, when Jackman’s iconic performance is still so fresh in our minds. Make no mistake about it, the clawed mutant will certainly be seen in live-action again, it just won’t be anytime soon, and we’re absolutely fine with that.
Jackman first donned the claws 17 years ago in 2000’s X-Men. Since then, he has reprised the role nine times. He has defined the character for a generation of moviegoers, and Logan, his final ride as Wolverine, ended definitively when the title character died at his clone’s hands. Logan was a strong ending for Jackman’s run, receiving both critical praise and massive box office success.