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Hugh Jackman Explains That Viral Wolverine Post That Had Fans Thinking He Joined The MCU

Hugh Jackman in X-Men: Days of Future Past

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As far as Marvel superheroes go, there are few quite as iconic as Wolverine. The beloved X-Men icon was played by Hugh Jackman on the big screen for 15+ years, ending with James Mangold’s Logan. And Jackman recently explained that viral Wolverine post that had fans thinking he joined the MCU.

Back in early July, Hugh Jackman sent the internet ablaze and got fans hoping that he might be returning to Wolverine in a MCU project. Jackman shared some fan art of Wolverine’s claws on his Instagram Story, followed by an image of him posing with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige. Now the Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe winning actor put those posts into context, saying:

I literally was re-posting fan art and I do it quite a bit because I just love it. And I love the fans. And then I was off doing something and I came back and I'm like, 'Oh, I think I broke the Internet. No, no, no, no. Guys, sorry. Didn't mean that. I really didn't mean that. I'm really sorry.' And I thought, 'No one's going to believe me.' But that was the case. And you guys are just too fast for me. Clearly way too fast and smarter than me. I just love the fans. And so, when cool things come my way, I'm going to pass it on.

Well, there you have it. It looks like Hugh Jackman simply wasn’t thinking when he shared some fan art of Wolverine. And as a result, Marvel fans everywhere held their collective breath that he might be returning to play Logan. Alas, it seems he’s hung up the claws for good.

Hugh Jackman’s comments to Comic Book come from a recent chat about his upcoming movie Reminiscence. The conversation inevitably turned to his acclaimed tenure as Wolverine on the big screen, and fans’ hopes he could rejoin the X-Men whenever they arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately that didn’t exactly play out.

A number of Hugh Jackman’s X-Men movies are currently streaming on Disney+, which is also the home of the MCU. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.

While Hugh Jackman retired from playing Wolverine after Logan, Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox seemingly changed the comic book genre landscape. It feels inevitable that the X-Men will finally join the MCU sometime down the line, although there’s no indication as to when. Still, hardcore fans were hoping this twist could convince Jackman to once again play the clawed mutant.

Despite these hopes and theories, Hugh Jackman has continued to insist that he’s done playing Wolverine. After all, Jackman brought Logan to life for nearly two decades, usually getting insanely ripped for each new appearance. We’ll just have to see how the MCU handles the X-Men, and if another actor is ultimately brought in to replace Jackman.

The next installment in the MCU is Shang-Chi on September 3rd. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.