Logan director James Mangold has shared his thoughts on the idea of Hugh Jackman returning for another outing as Wolverine.
In 2017, Logan saw Jackman’s 17 year-long run as the clawed mutant hero come to an end with Wolverine dying by the film’s end. Jackman has since moved on from the role, hanging up the claws and making peace with a new actor playing the part. But many fans are hopeful that Jackman will return — with the inevitable reboot of the X-Men franchise looming now that Marvel Studios has reacquired the rights to the characters. Even Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld believes Hugh Jackman will return to the role. But that’s not something that Mangold sees happening.
During Comicbook.com’s Quarantine Watch Party this week, Mangold shared that while he doesn’t see it happening, he would be interested to see if someone came up with a good idea to justify Jackman’s return on the condition that it didn’t undercut the end of the character’s journey in Logan:
“I’d be startled that Hugh was strapping it on again. The thing that I always want to know when I hear this is obviously, on the web, everyone trades in rumors. So, the nugget or the headline becomes the clickbait in the trade so that it would be, ‘Downey’s back,’ or ‘Jackman’s back,’ would be the headline, which people would then debate. What I’d be curious about if any one of these things happened would be, what are they doing with it? Meaning, I would have no qualm about it if someone had a good idea. If it’s basically, ‘I ran out of money and I needed a big paycheck, and I’m doing an empty film that cheapens the quality of the previous.’ Well, that would be its own sadness.”
Mangold went on to add that it would need to be about more than just the money in order to justify Jackman’s return as Wolverine:
“The reality is that, if you have a good idea for a character, then there’s nothing wrong with doing anything. I don’t make these rules. For me, I’m always just asking that someone do something imaginative that doesn’t just seem like you’re taking all these assets and throwing them on a screen again, just to make dough. That seems to me to be, or to satiate a kind of hunger people have to see more, when the hunger they have to see more is what a movie supposed to leave you with. Meaning that you’re supposed to love the characters and that just like a good meal, there is such a thing as too much. Just because it tastes good, if I keep filling your plate, at some point you’re going to be like that guy in the restaurant in the Monty Python movie. There’s just a limit.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Logan:
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
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