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Logan Director Fine With Hugh Jackman Returning As Wolverine If There's 'A Good Idea For The Character'

Amelia Ward

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Logan Director Fine With Hugh Jackman Returning As Wolverine If There's 'A Good Idea For The Character'

Logan director James Mangold has said he'd be fine with Hugh Jackman bringing back Wolverine, as long as it's not just for the money.

Acclaimed by both critics and fans, the 2017 movie was the third, and so far, final instalment in the Wolverine trilogy, following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013).

Although Jackman himself has stood firm in saying that he will not be donning those famous claws again, the character is likely to make a comeback of some form now the Disney-Fox merger has opened up the door for Logan's appearance in the MCU.

James Mangold. Credit: PA
James Mangold. Credit: PA

Mangold, who directed the likes of Ford v Ferrari and Walk The Line, has said in a recent interview that he wouldn't mind Jackman reprising the character, so long as it's not just for the money.

Speaking to comicbook.com, he said: "I'd be startled that Hugh was strapping it on again."

Mangold continued: "What I'd be curious about if any one of these things happened would be, what are they doing with it? Meaning, I would have no qualm about it if someone had a good idea.

"If it's basically, 'I ran out of money and I needed a big paycheck, and I'm doing an empty film that cheapens the quality of the previous.' Well, that would be its own sadness."

He also said that he knows the character doesn't belong to him, but that to do it just for money would be 'too much of a good thing'.

He continued: "The reality is that, if you have a good idea for a character, then there's nothing wrong with doing anything. I don't make these rules.

"For me, I'm always just asking that someone do something imaginative that doesn't just seem like you're taking all these assets and throwing them on a screen again, just to make dough.

Jackman in Logan. Credit: MCU
Jackman in Logan. Credit: MCU

"That seems to me to be, or to satiate a kind of hunger people have to see more, when the hunger they have to see more is what a movie is supposed to leave you with. Meaning that you're supposed to love the characters and that just like a good meal, there is such a thing as too much.

"Just because it tastes good, if I keep filling your plate, at some point you're going to be like that guy in the restaurant in the Monty Python movie. There's just a limit."

And while Jackman says he thinks the character still has legs, it won't be him that's running with it.

Speaking to the Daily Beast, he said: "I knew it was the right time for me to leave the party - not just for me, but for the character."

Featured Image Credit: Fox

Topics: TV and Film, Wolverine, MCU

Amelia Ward
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