After playing Wolverine on-screen for 17 years, Hugh Jackman unsheathed his adamantium claws for the final time in 20th Century Fox’s Logan. However, news of Walt Disney’s potential acquisition of the rival studio has some wondering whether the actor could be tempted to reprise his role.
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In February, shortly before Logan's theatrical release, Jackman said that although it wouldn't have necessarily stopped him from hanging up the claws and muttonchops, an opportunity to team up with Marvel Studios' Avengers would have at least made him reconsider his departure from superhero movie genre.
“If that was on the table when I made my decision [to quit], it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure,” Jackman explained. “Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughs]. You never know.”
It will certainly be interesting to see whether or not Jackman's retirement from the Wolverine role ends up being short-lived, should Disney and Fox come to an agreement.
The deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox would include the 20th Century Fox film studio, 20th Century Fox Television, FX Networks, and a majority stake in the streaming service Hulu. However, the biggest selling point for many fans -- and seemingly Jackman himself -- is that it would also bring the film and television rights of the X-Men, Fantastic Four and all related characters under the control of Disney and its subsidiary Marvel Studios.
Fox’s next X-Men films, The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, arrive April 13, 2018, June 1, 2018, and Nov. 2, 2018, respectively. Meanwhile, the next Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War, arrives May 4, 2018.