Hugh Jackman has become the most well-known image of Wolverine since he was cast as the Marvel mutant in 1999. As such, it was no surprise that he returned to the role after Fox announced a new Wolverine movie slated for March 2017. However, on Saturday a teaser post on Jackman’s Instagram account reveal that this project may be his last portrayal of the famed X-Men member.
The 46-year-old actor said in a 2014 interview with IGN that the upcoming Wolverine standalone feature film would be his last casting of the role. Since his first appearance as Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, directed by Bryan Singer, he has played the character in every X-Men movie - in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2014. He also appeared as a cameo in the X-Men: First Class reboot, and Wolverine-centric features like X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, and most recently The Wolverine in 2013.
On Saturday, Jackman posted a picture to his Instagram account with the caption “WOLVERINE…ONE LAST TIME. HJ” depicting him wearing Logan’s signature claws.
At the moment, Jackman is involved with other Marvel films like X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016 (which will feature Jennifer Lawrence - who recently announced that it would be her last - but will exclude both Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart) and a possible cameo in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Further speculation on Wolverine cameos extends to Deadpool and Gambit, from Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum respectively. If the predicted retirement is true, then further Avengers/X-Men crossovers will not include Jackman as Wolverine.
Jackman’s last film as the mutant is a significant milestone for recurring castings; as his eighth feature portrayal of the character, he’ll surpass a number of iconic actors (and their best-known roles) such as Roger Moore and Sean Connery. Wolverine feature number eight will place him on par with the legendary Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in eight Star Trek Films.