Mutant of the people: Hugh Jackman wants your input on final ‘Wolverine’ movie
Over the last few decades, we have had five different Batman actors (with another on the way), three Supermen, two Charles Xaviers, but only one Wolverine. Of any actor working in the superhero genre today, arguably none own their role as definitively as Hugh Jackman. The Aussie actor has remained a mainstay of the genre ever since the first “X-Men” film — the beginning of modern comic-book films — in 2000.
With his tenure as the clawed, Canadian X-Man coming to an end after his next solo outing, Jackman has opened up a dialogue with fans on social media. Jackman posted a promotional photo for the film with the caption:
“My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I’ll read as many as I can.”
So far, the response to the tweet has both passionate and overwhelming. Some fans wish for adaptation of specific plotlines, like “Old Man Logan” and “Death of Wolverine,” to name just a couple. “Old Man Logan” — a story set in a post-apocalyptic future where most heroes have been killed — seems the most likely, as Jackman himself suggested its possibility at San Diego Comic-Con.
Other fans wish for the incorporation of certain visual elements, such as his classic yellow suit from the comics; given the outlandish aesthetic direction we see the franchise heading in, this request does not seem outside the realm of possibility.
Even fellow Marvel actor Ryan Reynolds got in on the fun; on his Twitter, Reynolds suggested a possible Wolverine/Deadpool crossover as their final outing. Although mostly intended for joking purposes, a fight (or alliance) between Wolverine and Deadpool would almost certainly cement Fox’s universe as a force to be reckoned with.
You’ve got to hand it to Hugh; he gets his fans. He’s essentially Marvel’s response to the genuine charisma of DC’s Stephen Amell. This gesture from Jackman highlights his rapport with the fans, but also serves as a reminder of what Fox loses when he leaves. On the whole, the “X-Men” franchise does not have the name recognition of its competitors; obviously, it has its share of beloved celebrities and characters, but nothing that can compete with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. or Batman and Superman.
It’s both exciting and sad to see this sort of gesture from Jackman. On one hand, getting fans involved in the creative process can lead to more faithful material, but on the other it’s only another reminder that Jackman will no longer be with us as our favorite Wolverine very, very soon.
What storylines do you want to see adapted for Jackman’s final outing? Can he be replaced, or should Fox leave Wolverine alone for a while? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!