Much has been made about the fact that "Logan" will be the final appearance of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. After 17 years and nine appearances (including the upcoming "Logan"), the actor will finally sheathe his claws after the credits roll on the upcoming mutant movie. But while Jackman's pretty certain his days as Wolverine are over, he can't be certain that Wolverine's big screen days are over.
In a profile interview in The New York Times, Jackman stated that he believed it's only a matter of time before another actor sports Logan's muttonchops. “The character will go on,” said Jackman. “Someone else will play it, for sure.” Jackman added that he's at peace with that, “unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins the Oscar — then I might have a little problem.”
There's also the possibility that the films will follow the comics' trajectory and that Wolverine's clone X-23 will take on the lead role. "Logan" director James Mangold, who will introduce X-23 in the upcoming film, addressed this possibility back in January. When asked if this movie was written with the intention of passing the Wolverine mantle on to X-23, Mangold said, “I always feel like I’m making a one-off movie every time. My feeling is that if you can make a good film, it’s naturally going to lend itself to people wanting to see sequels because it’s good and the characters are rich. I really wasn’t thinking about [passing the torch] — and I know the studio wasn’t because they didn’t even know who X-23 was when I brought it up.”
More recently, Mangold revealed that he would be interested in letting X-23 go solo. “I think Dafne [Keen] is incredible in the film and I would love to see another film about that character and that’s certainly something I’d be involved in,” he shared. “For me, that was one of the big additions I brought to the table, this decision to try to make the film about family and to try to insert Laura and the pressures that would put and the idea about Charles ailing.”
Set beyond the events of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” 2017’s “Logan” is set in the near future following a cataclysmic event that ravaged the mutant race. As a result, Wolverine’s healing factor will be greatly diminished. It will also be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and will introduce Dafne Keen as the character’s teenage clone X-23.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3.