Australian actor Hugh Jackman has gone on the record saying that James Mangold's "Wolverine 3" will be his last outing as the highly popular Marvel mutant hero. However, that film isn't set for release until 2017, and between now and then, there are still two X-Men related movies to go: Tim Miller's "Deadpool" and Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse." For a while, rumor has swirled that Jackman may make an appearance in the films as a cameo.
Now, the Wolverine himself has addressed those rumors -- although somewhat cheekily.
"Hmmm, I can't -- no. Nope," Jackman mumbled under his lips while giving off a sweet smile. "But, I am really good mates with [star Ryan Reynolds] so --"
As for "X-Men: Apocalypse," Jackman provided and equally coy answer, simply saying, "Who knows?"
As mentioned previously, Jackman plans on retiring from the role of Wolverine following the franchise's third installment -- at that point a character he will have been portraying for 17 years. However, playing such a beloved character for so long hasn't dulled the experience at all and as the end approaches, Jackman told Huffington Post he remains enthused.
"Weirdly, I'm really excited about shooting it. I feel great enthusiasm, I suppose it's denial -- like the football player who announces their retirement before their last season -- and so I'm really looking forward to it. But I know it's not over yet! I still got a lot of 4 o'clock mornings and a hell of a lot of egg white omelettes and steamed chicken to have, and all of that."
"Deadpool" arrives in theaters February 12, 2016 with "X-Men: Apocalypse" -- starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, and more -- following on May 27, 2016.