Kevin Feige Didn’t Want Hugh Jackman to Return as Wolverine

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Kevin Feige originally told Hugh Jackman not to return as Wolverine. In an interview with Empire, Feige said, ‘I said, ‘Let me give you a piece of advice, Hugh. Don’t come back. You had the greatest ending in history with ‘Logan.’ That’s not something we should undo.” Jackman’s return was a big surprise, especially since he hadn’t played Wolverine in seven years.

Feige eventually changed his mind because Jackman wouldn’t be playing the same version of Wolverine we saw in the X-Men movies. Jackman’s original Wolverine died in ‘Logan,’ and he didn’t want to mess with that film. Jackman explained on SiriusXM, ‘It’s all because of this device they have in the Marvel world of moving around timelines. Now we can go back because, you know, it’s science. So, I don’t have to screw with the ‘Logan’ timeline, which was important to me. And I think probably to the fans too.’

Jackman added in a new interview that ‘Deadpool and Wolverine’ will show different sides of Wolverine we haven’t seen before in the movies. This return is generating a lot of excitement, especially since Marvel Studios had a tough 2023 with movies like ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ and ‘The Marvels’ not doing well at the box office.

Feige also shared that he rejected Ryan Reynolds’ original pitch for ‘Deadpool 3.’ Reynolds first envisioned ‘Deadpool 3’ as a ‘Rashomon’ story about Wolverine and Deadpool, told from three different perspectives. Feige wasn’t sure how to incorporate Deadpool yet and was thinking about how to bring mutants and the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige said, ‘The truth is, Ryan is an idea machine. So he may have pitched that to me, but he also pitched 25 other thoughts and ideas.’

Reynolds went back to the drawing board and wrote about 18 different treatments. He pitched everything from a low-budget Sundance-style film to bigger movies. Whatever Reynolds and Feige agreed on, we will finally see it when ‘Deadpool and Wolverine’ hits theaters on July 26 from Disney.

This pairing of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman is set to be one of the biggest movies of the year, bringing much-needed excitement to Marvel Studios.

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