All good things must sadly come to an end – a philosophy of life that is as inescapable as the British weather.
Wolverine himself, Mr Hugh Jackman, has hinted via his Instagram account that his upcoming outing as the clawed anti-hero in the yet Untitled Wolverine Sequel will be his last.
The Aussie actor, who’s portrayed the X-Men’s most famous member since 2000, looks set to hang up his claws despite last year announcing his plans to continue in the role for “as long as humanly possible”. It’s certainly the end of an era in the superhero world if this news is true, considering, like Robert Downey Jr with Iron Man, Jackman has pretty much moulded the character to the point where it would not look bizarre for anyone else to portray him.
The news marks another harsh blow for Marvel and the X-Men franchise as a whole, with news of Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lawrence also planning on stepping down from her role as Mytique after production of X-Men: Apocalypse finishes.
Next years blockbuster will mark the seventh time Hugh Jackman has donned the famous sideburns over the last sixteen years, and even though he’s expressed on numerous occasions how much he values the character for keeping him in he highest physical fitness, it appears the man has made his mind up this time.
Of course both Twentieth Century Fox and representatives for Jackman have yet to confirm the news, meaning that nothing is set in stone – so the perhaps Aussie star could still be persuaded to remain with the franchise if studio execs were willing to offer a lucrative deal in the near future.
Hugh Jackman will return alongside Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult when X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas from May 19, 2016.