Logan director responds to news Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine

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Logan director responds to news Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine

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Logan director James Mangold had the best response after news broke that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his iconic role as Wolverine for Deadpool 3.

While some fans will be thrilled to see the return of Jackman's Wolverine one last time, others were confused and even angry at the news, since - spoiler alert - Wolverine was killed in Mangold's Logan.

The 2017 film, which has an impressive rating of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, gave X-Men fans the perfect farewell to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, so there were some pretty mixed emotions when Ryan Reynolds announced the news on Tuesday (27 September).

The drama of it all reached a peak on Tuesday night when James Mangold, who directed both The Wolverine and Logan, shared his thoughts.

At first, it seemed like this wordless tweet, containing only a GIF of Wolverine's gruesome death, was Goldman's way of saying that he was also pretty peeved about the announcement.

But, after catching up on the discourse, the director made it clear that he actually was happy to see Logan return to the big screen - even if he did kill the character off five years ago.

"Oh my gosh! Everybody chill", he tweeted. "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 @VancityReynolds and @RealHughJackman cook up!"

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds acknowledged James' blessing in a short but sweet response, simply referring to him as 'The [goat]'.

Hugh Jackman even chimed in, adding: "Can't believe i'm going to say this but it's late so let's go with that excuse... @VancityReynolds is right. @mang0ld is the [goat]!"

The scene foreshadowing Jackman in Deadpool 3, from Deadpool 2. Credit: 20th Century Studios.
The scene foreshadowing Jackman in Deadpool 3, from Deadpool 2. Credit: 20th Century Studios.

So, I guess that means we can all be happy about this pairing now?

Marvel fans have been waiting for this crossover ever since Ryan Reynolds made his Deadpool debut back in 2016, so it's pretty exciting to see this finally become a reality.

Reynolds first announced the news in his classic tongue-in-cheek fashion by posting a video to his Twitter account with the caption: "Hard keeping my mouth sewn shut about this one."

"Hey everyone. We’re extremely sad to have missed D23, but we’ve been working very hard on the next Deadpool film for, uh, a good long while now," he told followers.

"We need to stay true to the character, find new depth and motivation, new meaning", he continued.

"Every Deadpool needs to stand out and stand apart. It’s been an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach down deep inside, and I…I have nothing…yeah…just…completely…empty up there…and terrifying."

At the very end of the clip, Reynolds drops the bombshell: "But we did have one idea. Hey Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?"

Jackman, who can be seen walking around in the background of the video, replied: "Yeah, sure Ryan."

So that's that. Wolverine and Deadpool are finally teaming up and everyone's excited about it, whether you like it or not!

Deadpool 3 will open in cinemas on 6 September 2024.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman

Ali Condon
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