Confirming reports which first surfaced in March this year, Hugh Jackman has reiterated to the Dr. Oz Show that the forthcoming sequel to The Wolverine will be the last time he dons the famous claws.
The comments reconfirm what many have suspected two months ago, when Jackman captioned an Instagram post of Wolverine’s iconic mutation with the words “WOLVERINE…ONE LIST TIME. HJ.”
Bringing an end to one of the most iconic superhero tenures, Jackman’s reign as Wolverine has lasted a whopping 17 years, spanning five X-Men films and two solo spin-offs.
It is yet to be confirmed what kind of role, if any, Jackman will have in Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. That film itself is rumoured (alongside the third Wolverine film) to be bringing the Bryan Singer-curated X-Men universe to a close.
Beyond a rumoured role for Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, no cast has been revealed for the untitled Wolverine sequel. James Mangold will return to direct, with a script from Michael Green, who has had his hand in two other as-yet-untitled sequel scripts; Blade Runner and Prometheus.
Would you be sad to see Jackman leave Wolverine behind or has he played the role for long enough?
The untitled Wolverine sequel currently has a release date of March 2nd, 2017. X-Men: Apocalypse is set for May 19th, 2016.