It is the end of an era. Logan, the final performance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, has ended its theatrical run and is finally released on home video. However, Hutch Parker assured fans that Fox has no plans to replace the Australian actor just yet.
Jackman has played the role of Logan for the past 17 years. He appeared in six X-Men movies and three solo movies including this year’s Logan which broke records and became fourth highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
It will be difficult to see another actor play the role of Wolverine, but fans know too well that a new face will eventually wear the comic book superhero’s bladed claws. Fortunately, that will not happen yet.
According to Parker, Fox is not in a hurry to replace Jackman in the X-Men franchise. He told Screen Rant (via iBTimes) that other characters will be given their turn in the spotlight for now.
“I think for the moment our focus really is on other characters,” the movie producer stated. “I think there’s a part for all of us that feels like Logan, as played by Hugh, is the definitive performance of that character. And I think we’re all a little hesitant at the idea of rebooting it in any way. So, for the moment we’re going to look at – there’s so much else explore in the [X-Men] Universe and to play with.”
Fox is definitely on track to expand the X-Men franchise. Aside from the current main movie series that stars James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, the studio is also developing multiple television series that explore other characters in the mutant world.
For example, Legion which stars Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) as David, Professor X’s son. The series premiered on Feb. 8 and has already been renewed for Season 2 on FX.
The Gifted is also currently in the works. The upcoming superhero series follows a family that goes on the run after they learn that their children have mutant abilities in a world where the “gifted” are hunted by the government.
On the big screen, New Mutants is being developed. Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) have been cast as Wolfsbane and Magik respectively.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Even the main X-Men movies will focus on a different character this time around. While in the past movies, Professor X, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) were at the forefront of the story. However, in the upcoming movie, Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey will be at the center.
Inspired by the popular comic book series of the same title, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will see the mutants suppress Jean Grey whose superhuman abilities grow stronger every second. In the comics universe, Jean was possessed by a genocidal alien entity called the Phoenix Force that has immense power.
Fox already adapted the comic book series for the big screen with X-Men: The Last Stand. However, Bratt Ratner’s version was very different from the story written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne for Marvel Comics. The events of the movie were also wiped out of the franchise with the follow-up X-Men: Days of the Future Past.
In the upcoming movie, Fassbender has confirmed his return as Magneto. Lawrence who has previously announced her exit from the franchise might also return. Rogue and other characters previously introduced in X-Men: First Class are also likely to appear. according to Parker.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will also star McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne. The movie will be released on Nov. 2, 2018.