Hugh Jackman has poured cold water on speculation that he could reprise his role as Wolverine if the X-Men were integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Disney's looming purchase of 21st Century Fox.
“It’s interesting, because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great," he told Collider. "Like, I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head."
"But it was like, 'Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,'" he continued, "and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, 'Hang on!' But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.”
Jackman previously expressed interest in Wolverine appearing onscreen alongside the Avengers, as in Marvel comic books. But with the release of director James Mangold's Logan earlier this year, the actor signaled he was finished with the role he originated in 2000's X-Men.
Fox has a full slate of X-Men films in the pipeline, with The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, set for release next year. Meanwhile, the next Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War, arrives May 4, 2018.