Hugh Jackman Ignites Rumors of Wolverine's Return

Fans are convinced the actor will reprise his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Speculation began after he posted a photo with Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

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Hugh Jackman

Is Hugh Jackman reprising one of his most iconic roles? Marvel fans seem to think so.

Earlier this week, the 52-year-old actor posted two Instagram stories that many believe were teasers of Wolverine’s return. Jackman, who portrayed the mutant for nearly two decades, reshared BossLogic’s Wolverine artwork as well as a photo of him posing with Marvel Boss Kevin Feige

Hugh Jackman on his IG Story

Wolverine and Kevin Feige 🤔

— ScreenTime (@screentime) July 5, 2021

Fans immediately speculated Jackman was hinting at Wolverine’s long-awaited introduction to the MCU—either through a cameo or a leading role. Jackman’s X-Men character had been featured in nine films from 2000 to 2017, just two years before Disney acquired 20th Century Fox. The $71.3 billion merger allowed Marvel Studios to regain the film rights to X-Men, as well as the Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Naturally, fans immediately began asking if we would see the X-Men incorporated into the MCU. Bob Iger, the then-CEO of Disney, told the Hollywood Reporter it was definitely a possibility and confirmed Feige already had ideas of how he would introduce the X-Men into the MCU.

In 2018, Jackman told MTV News he chose to retire from Wolverine because he had been doing it for so long. However, he made previous comments that suggested he wasn’t completely opposed to reviving his character.

“The Avengers would prove too much to turn down,” Jackman said in 2017, according to Comic Book News. “Because I always love the idea of him [Wolverine] within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man, but there are a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know. At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last [about Logan]. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character].”

So, is Jackman teasing Wolverine’s introduction to the MCU? Or is this just another case of fans’ wishful thinking?

Stay tuned for developments.

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