On the Dr. Oz show, Hugh Jackmen announced that the upcoming Wolverine film would be the last time that he would reprise the role. This was guessed by many after some comments made in March, but now it has been made official that Wolverine III will be the last for Jackman.
On the show he said:
“It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. … I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.”
The first time Jackman brought out the claws was in the first X-Men film in 2000, which helped to launch Marvel into the film world. With Wolverine III, he will have had played Woverline ina total of eight films. He was rumored to be playing the role in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which would be the big number #9, but now it looks as though the role will have to be filled by another.
This has helped to fuel discussion as to whether this will mark the end to the X-Men cinematic universe that was started with Brian Singer. Discussions about this have been going on for the last couple years because of the consolidation of properties in the Marvel Studios world.