By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
It’s been thirteen years since Hugh Jackman put on the claws for the original X-Men, and thirteen years later he’s still Hollywood’s most iconic super-mutant. Since the July 26 opening of The Wolverine, the movie has grossed $307 million worldwide. Jackman has played Wolverine longer and more frequently than any actor has ever been associated with a comic-book hero, but his contract is about to expire. The National Enquirer claims that Fox is willing to offer Jackman $100 million for him to keep the claws. Wow! And to think I was happy with my dad offering me 20 bucks to get some lunch later.
Jackman’s representatives have dismissed the report, but say the future of Wolverine is still in debate. This is especially true with Jackman slowly trying to push himself into new roles around Hollywood. He explains how difficult it is to transition from one character to another when he’s still bulked up from Wolverine’s diet plan and workout regimen.
When Jackman spoke to EW earlier this year, he said, “I’m not sure. I wasn’t even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”
A compelling reason? Well, we have a few that might just work. In the 1974 Hulk Comic, Marvel introduced Wolverine to the Avengers in an epic battle to save the world. With so many movies focusing around the Avengers now, it’s only logical that they join this batch of heroes sometime soon. With the idea pitched to studios, Jackman says, “I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together. I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.”
So, maybe there’s still hope for Wolverine fans, but unless the studios pick up on the idea sooner than later, we may just have to say goodbye to this mutant.
Images courtesy of Marvel Comics.