Hugh Jackman is handing in his claws after his next outing as Wolverine.
Yes, first Jennifer Lawrence said she was leaving the X-Men film franchise behind and now it looks like another actor plans to ditch the crew of merry mutants.
Jackman, who has played super-healing mutant Wolverine in seven films since he first appeared in 2000’s X-Men, made the announcement on his Instagram page where he posted a picture of himself with the character’s trademark claws and the caption “Wolverine…one last time.”
Considering Jackman is signed up to another Wolverine standalone film with James Mangold (who directed The Wolverine in 2013), this statement would seem to imply that Jackman won’t appear in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse alongside James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender despite having a lead role in last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Jackman’s departure also presumably nixes rumoured plans to cross the popular Wolverine over into the Avengers movies, as Sony is doing with Spider-Man. Perhaps they hadn’t put that claws into his contract yet.
It’s a sad day for geeks everywhere – but really our sympathy must go to Jackman’s personal trainer. Without having to keep the actor in Wolverine-level shape all the time, all the local gyms are bound to report a huge dip in profits. Hopefully, that’ll give him claws for thought.