Of all the actors fighting their way through the superhero landscape, few embody their on screen personas as completely as Hugh Jackman does as the internally conflicted Wolverine. Over the years, the actor has appeared as everyone's favorite mutton-chopped beast a whopping nine times, but his ownership of the role was clear the first time he donned the claws almost 20 years ago for X-Men. And even more so when Logan dismembered the box-office back in March. At this point, it's almost impossible to imagine another actor in the role.
Barring a dramatic turn of events, it seems that's just what we'll have to do. Prior to suiting up for Logan, Jackman announced that his ninth appearance as Wolverine would ultimately be his last. There are a lot of reasons for Jackman's decision—it seems even Jerry Seinfeld's thoughts on why he left Seinfeld had a hand in the actor's decision to walk away from Wolvy—but, at the end of the day, the decision was Jackman's alone.
So, why's he leaving Wolverine behind after all these years? Well, the phrase "all these years" is actually a big part of it. Keep in mind, Jackman's been playing the part for 17 years now. Though there's no shortage of brutal new adventures for Logan to embark on in terms of Wolverine lore, one has to wonder just how much more Jackman has to give to the character. Factor in the intense, physical demands of the role, and the fact that Jackman is now 46 years old, and you can start to see that staying ripped to play Logan while also playing rough on set might become a problem for Jackman. It certainly wasn't going to get any easier moving forward either.
Luckily, Jackman is leaving Logan with a bang rather than a whimper. The film was a massive critical and box office success and serves as a fitting final chapter to one of superherodom's truly iconic roles. Now the question becomes, "Is there an actor out there brave enough to follow in Jackman's footsteps?"