Producers unsure about future of Wolverine in film

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You could argue that Hugh Jackman saved comic book movies. Before 2000’s X-Men, the genre was nowhere near as successful as it is today. But the success of that film paved the way for subsequent movies and movie universes. And since Jackman was the most popular part of the movie, there’s no doubt this gave studios confidence to make more. Now, after 17 years of playing Wolverine, one of the most popular and bankable characters in comic book films, Jackman has called it quits. With a huge void left in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, the question remains: who will replace Jackman?

Apparently, Fox and its producers don’t know how they’ll replace him or when. In recent years, with the X-Men franchise growing, Hutch Parker has acted as producer for the series, first working on 2012’s The Wolverine. He’ll also be working on 2018’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse and one of three X-Men films coming out next year. ScreenRant spoke with Parker on the phone recently and discussed the near-impossible task of replacing the huge star.

“…I think for the moment our focus really is on other characters,” said Parker. “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 was also asked if there’s any way they’d bring back X-23 even though Logan takes place in the future.

“Anything is possible,” Parker replied. “I think part of the fun of this universe is, as it’s expanded and it’s gotten more off-shoots, there are ways to potentially explore X-23 further. It’s something we’ve been talking about a little bit and have, frankly, going back a bit. So that’s a possibility.”

Yes, it’s sad that Jackman won’t be Wolverine anymore and that someone else will inevitably take up the mantle. But, don’t forget, Jackman was a virtual unknown when he came into the role and look how that turned out. We could see another actor do the exact same thing. We may even get one who’s actually as short and stocky as the ol’ canucklehead.

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