Face it. As soon as Hugh Jackman stated Logan would be his last film as Wolverine, people started thinking about who the next Wolverine would be. Rumors began circulating on a possible young Wolverine film or finding another Australian actor like Tom Hardy because that's what people look for in a Canadian. But everyone is just making assumptions. No one really has any say... except perhaps the producers.
Recently, producer Hutch Parker, who has worked on the X-Men and Wolverine films as a producer, has made a statement about the possible recasting of Wolverine for future films, and it sounds smart. Here's what he told CinemaBlend when asked about it:
"It's a great question. Look, I think for all of us, at the moment, and for some of us it goes back to the very first time Hugh put on the costume. The idea of casting someone else as Wolverine is just not something I can think about. [Laughs] And I don't know. There's part of me that thinks that he's done such a brilliant job and is so iconic in the part that we should leave it alone. And yet, I know there's always a possibility that either we find a story, or a situation comes along where you think, 'OK, maybe we should consider that.' But at the moment, we're kind of leaving that alone."
That's right everyone. Part of Hollywood grew a soul today. They recognize that shilling out Wolverine movies for money is not the way to do things. But are instead, gracefully allowing this character to retire for the moment. And I don't judge them for saying that if they find a story that really calls for it, they'll pull him off the shelf... just let time pass. I wasn't upset when Hardy played Mad Max. Time had passed. A new generation got to be introduced to the character.
Let Wolverine go down in history as an iconic character that we can introduce later to a new generation. All we can hope is that this producer sticks to his word and keeps the character down for awhile. I thought Logan was fantastic, not only as a superhero movie but just as a great well-rounded movie in general. It showed a side of heroes we don't ever get to see.