See Hugh Jackman Prepare To Return as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman shared a photo of himself in the gym getting ready to return as Wolverine.

By Mark McKee | Published

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Sometimes fans can sway what studios do in future movies and castings, like John Krasinski showing up in Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness or Warner Bros. releasing the Snyder Cut. Thanks to one of Hugh Jackman’s biggest fans, Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman is returning to a character a few years after he vowed to be finished with it, to appear in Deadpool 3. If you were holding back all of your hope just in case the news wasn’t real, Comic Book reports Hugh Jackman has shared a pic of him back in the gym in preparation for his role as Wolverine. 

Hugh Jackman has said many times that preparing to play his iconic character in the gym was always grueling, and as he got older, it became even more difficult. This caused him to announce that 2017’s Logan would be his last appearance as the clawed X-Men, and the film turned out to be the perfect swan song for the character in the Fox Studios franchise and the actor that played him for 17 years. Hugh Jackman posted a story on his Instagram that showed Wolverine wasn’t out of his reach, and at the age of 53, he still has the drive and the determination to wear the claws. 

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Hugh Jackman first played Wolverine in X-Men in 2000, a movie that is largely credited (along with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Wesley Snipes’ turn in Blade) as revitalizing not just the Marvel brand but the entire superhero genre. Jackman ended up appearing in three separate X-Men franchises, including the original X-MenX2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand, then his own trilogy of films in X-Men Origins: WolverineThe Wolverine, and Logan, and finally appeared in three of the first four X-Men reboot films, X-Men: First ClassX-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. After the character’s near-perfect ending in Logan, fans weren’t sure they would ever see Jackman wear the claws again. 

Ryan Reynolds seemed to be setting this up from the moment he strapped on the red suit and katanas in his solo movie, Deadpool. He mentions Wolverine by name when sitting on a bridge before a fight and even wears a Hugh Jackman mask to hide his face from Vanessa at the end of the film. Of course, this could have been a bit of a pipe dream since the Deadpool franchise kicked off right about the time that the Wolverine character was coming to an end, but Reynolds pull with the actor, and the studio, was able to convince Jackman to get back in the gym and bring him back at least one more time. 

This brings up a lot of questions now that fans need answers to, like now that Deadpool is in the MCU with the Hugh Jackman Wolverine, what does that do to new castings? Is this a different Multiverse version of the character like John Krasinski’s Reed Richards was, leaving it open for a recast? And most importantly, is this a cameo, or are we getting a full-fledged reappearance of Jackman? If he is putting in the work in the gym again, fans can hope that it is the latter, maybe even in a classic yellow suit.