WARNING: The following article includes spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
Burning up the worldwide box office,is packed with Easter eggs and surprise appearances by characters that have never been in an X-Men film or, at the very least, haven’t been properly represented. But despite all the crowd-pleasing elements, the one thing many fans wanted to see didn’t come to fruition, at least not in any impactful manner: Hugh Jackman. Specifically, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Look, we all wanted it to happen. Some of us felt we were even owed it after sitting through the last time Jackman was onscreen with Ryan Reynolds in the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But now that the dust has settled from Wade Wilson cutting up (literally and figuratively) in his second solo outing, it seems the dream of seeing Reynolds’ Deadpool and Jackman’s Wolverine share a film together is dead. And that’s OK.
After heaps of Reynolds’ pleas and jokes regarding Jackman once more donning the claws on social media, it became clear it was all in jest. As much as we wanted some sort of super-secret Wolverine appearance in Deadpool 2 () all the fanfare and promotion was not building to anything of substance. And while, yes, it was somewhat disappointing (but to be fair it is always dangerous to bring in certain expectations when watching any entry of a major franchise), it might be best for both the actors, and for the fractured X-Men film franchise.
Just the Facts …
Jackman isn’t getting any younger. That’s not to say he’s too old to step back into the role of Logan. In fact, the X-Men films never really seemed to too concerned with the ages or appearances of characters from movie to movie. Just take a peek at Jackman’s physique in 2000’s X-Men, set around the same time as the film’s release date, compared to how he’s built in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set 30 years before (and 20 years later).
But at nearly 50 years old (even though he looks a decade or so younger), maybe he’s just tired of having to maintain that hulking appearance. The guy sank nearly two decades into Wolverine, and while there were some ups and downs along the way, he redefined the character (especially in the height department). Coupled with being tired of living in a gym and eating cartons of eggs, maybe he simply feels as if he has said everything he can say through Wolverine. After all, Jackman doesn’t owe us anything, except maybe an apology for those laughably awful CGI claws; you know the ones. In fact, Jackman’s swansong as the character in Logan was more than enough to make up for any past screen transgressions (bad CGI claws, withstanding).
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