Thirteen years after putting on the adamantium claws, Hugh Jackman is still carving up the box office as the most iconic super-mutant, Wolverine. Since opening on July 26, The Wolverine, Jackman’s fifth outing as the ornery X-Man, has grossed $307 million worldwide. It’s not exactly Avengers money, but it’s more than enough for Fox to want to keep Jackman in the X-Men fold. As The Wolverine‘s post-credit sequence teased, Jackman will time-travel for a cameo in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. But will that be the end of Jackman’s run? The 44-year-old has played Wolverine longer and more frequently than any actor has ever been associated with a comic-book hero, but his current deal is about to expire. Now the National Enquirer claims that Fox is offering Jackman $100 million for him to keep slicing and dicing for four more X-Men movies. Them’s a lot of chicken breasts!
Jackman’s spokesperson dismissed the report, but the future of Wolverine is worth some analysis, from both Jackman’s and the franchise’s points of view. The Australian actor, who earned his first Oscar nomination for last year’s Les Miserables, hasn’t made any Christian Bale-like comments about returning to the character. When he spoke to EW earlier this year, he was noncommittal, but the door was certainly open: “I’m not sure. I wasn’t even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”
That “pretty compelling reason” might be introducing Wolverine to some new super-friends, like the Avengers. READ FULL STORY