There was a time when Hugh Jackman said the emotional 2017 Logan film, which borrowed elements of Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic book series and took place in a dystopian future where mutants were nearly extinct would be his last appearance ever as the Wolverine character — and we believed him. That being said, most comic book fans know by now that the actor is getting ready to don the adamantium claws one last time (probably) alongside Ryan Reynolds for the MCU’s Deadpool 3, a decision which was apparently Jackman’s idea and not done as a result of Reynold’s persistent hounding. Of course, Jackman’s return has some rules to go along with it, the most important being that “Deadpool 3 won’t mess with the Logan timeline,” the former of which both fans and Jackman alike have perceived as the perfect send-off film for the iconic character.
“It’s all because of this device they have in the Marvel world of moving around timelines,” Jackman said in a SiriusXM interview. “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 also added that he sees Wolverine’s team-up as an avenue that hasn’t been explored by the character yet and that he sees the two popular X-Men Universe characters’ team-up as something analogous to “Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.”
“If I’m really honest, I’d announced ‘Logan’ was my last and then I went to see the ‘Deadpool’ movie and I was 20 minutes in and I was like, ‘Curses!’ All I could see that whole movies was – first of all I loved the movie – but all I could see was Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in ’48 Hours’,” Jackman said. “And I was like ‘This is something I haven’t done with the character. That’s the kind of dynamic we haven’t had before.”
Jackman’s comment aligns with Reynolds’ message back when Jackman’s return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 was first announced, where the Deadpool actor said in the Twitter video, “‘Logan’ takes place in 2029. Totally separate thing,” Reynolds confirmed. “Logan died in ‘Logan.’ Not touching that. What actually happens in our film….” before being comically (and purposely) interrupted by Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” on a loudspeaker.
Logan director also took to social media to assuage fans and reassure them that Deadpool 3 won’t mess with the Logan timeline. “Oh my gosh! Everybody chill,” Mangold said on Twitter in response to the outcry from fans that his work would be negated in Deadpool 3. “Just kidding! I’m all good! ‘Logan’ will always be there. Multiverse or prequel, time warp or worm hole, canon or non-canon or even without a rationale, I cannot wait to see what madness my dear friends Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman cook up!”
Are you content knowing that Deadpool 3 won’t mess with the Logan timeline? Does this mean the Wolverine we see in Deadpool 3 will be a Wolverine from a timeline we’ve never seen before? Let us know what you think in the comments.