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Hugh Jackman Rules Out Wolverine Return for Possible Avengers Link-up
Dec 13, 2017 by: WENN
Action man Hugh Jackman isn't tempted to delay his self-imposed retirement from his role as X-Men mutant Wolverine for a possible future Avengers movie, insisting that "ship has sailed."
Fans of the comic book characters are eagerly awaiting the news of Disney studio bosses' proposed acquisition of part of 21st Century Fox, which is expected to be announced on Thursday. The deal could pave the way for a big screen collaboration between the two film companies' Marvel properties, The Avengers and the X-Men.
Jackman, 49, admits he is excited about the prospect of having Wolverine and his alter ego Logan featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe slate of films, but if that does come to fruition, he won't be the one to portray the clawed character--even though he's been dreaming about the onscreen team-up for years.
"It's interesting because for the whole 17 years (he played Wolverine), I kept thinking that would be so great, like, I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together," he told Collider.com. "And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them..., punching them all on the head.
"But it was like, 'Oh well, that's not gonna happen,' and it was interesting, just when I first saw that headline (announcing the studio deal) - 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 I would like to see Wolverine in there."
The Australian star previously declared he was walking away from the X-Men franchise following the release of Logan earlier this year, having brought the character to life in a number of big screen projects since 2000.
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