Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has spoken out in response to claims that Rocketman actor Taron Egerton is being considered for the part of Wolverine.
Beginning with Fox’s X-Men in 2000 and continuing to Logan in 2017, Jackman portrayed the adamantium-clawed mutant for seventeen years. After announcing his retirement from the role after the character died in his final appearance, Jackman revealed a year ago that he would be reprising it opposite Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming installment of the Deadpool franchise, which will mark the franchise’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Hugh Jackman has shown his versatility by appearing in films of many genres. Hugh Jackman’s performances in blockbuster films like The Front Runner and Real Steel are not to be missed.
Fans have been speculating about who will fill the shoes of Hugh Jackman, who has portrayed the character for nearly two decades. But what does the man, Hugh Jackman, think about the rumors? In a recent interview, Jackman was asked about the rumors of Egerton taking on the role of Wolverine. His response was thoughtful and measured, showing his respect for the character and the actors who have portrayed him. “Taron is one of the most talented actors out there, and you can see his range is incredible,” Jackman said in a recent chat with Empire Magazine. “But he’s just got to cool his heels a little bit.”
Jackman said in a stop on The Jess Cagle Show, “I had a week’s vacation from the show, and I was driving out, and I, it just came to me like that, and I rang Ryan as soon as I arrived, and he was floored. Interestingly, he was just about to have a meeting with Kevin Feige at Marvel at five o’clock that afternoon about the Deadpool movie. And so he goes, ‘this is really good timing, but are you really sure? Cause I don’t wanna say anything.’ I said, ‘I’m a hundred percent sure.’ And I dunno why because I was a hundred percent sure I was out before. And then all of a sudden, I was a hundred percent in.”
Jackman has given a lot of hints about what to expect in the upcoming confrontation between Wolverine and the Merc with a Mouth, mentioning that Wolverine’s character arc is different from anything he’s done before in the role. Despite the fact that plot specifics are being kept heavily under wraps in true Marvel fashion, Jackman has teased much about what to expect in the confrontation.
Because this will be both characters’ first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they will operate in an uncharted area. Jackman and Reynolds, who already have a relationship that can be described as bitterly playful, have hinted at the possibility of an antagonistic but comedic competition between them. Most recently, Jackman made a joking complaint about the prospect of an Oscar nomination for Best Song for Reynolds in connection with Spirited. Since Wolverine’s roles in the X-Men movies have mostly been dark and dramatic, his next participation in the sarcastic and comedic Deadpool trilogy is sure to take his character on a different path.
Audiences will likely be wary of how this Wolverine cameo would affect the X-Men narrative, which concluded dramatically with Wolverine’s death at the hands of X-24 in Logan. Jackman and Reynolds have made it clear that they have resisted changing the ending because they believe doing so would disrespect the character and his last picture. Many fans assumed that the Wolverine in Deadpool 3 would be a variation, like the one shown in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, since the Multiverse Saga has been running for quite some time. As for whether or not it’s the same Wolverine from the Fox Universe, Jackman has subsequently emphasized that the picture would take place before Logan. In addition, Jackman hinted that Logan’s introduction to the MCU will be heavily influenced by the forthcoming Deadpool film and Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige’s ongoing multiverse strategy.
Whether Deadpool 3 will be Jackman’s last appearance as Logan remains to be seen, but fans anticipate that he will finally be allowed to don a comic-accurate Wolverine suit in the film. Many fans believe Wolverine will be among the many Marvel Legacy heroes introduced in the upcoming finale of the Multiverse Saga, Avengers: Secret Wars. Jackman may be handing up the part of Wolverine to Earth-616’s own Taron Egerton since he is said to have discussed it with Kevin Feige and openly showed interest in it.
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