Hugh Jackman has made it clear that 2017's sequel to The Wolverine will be his last time playing the iconic X-Man, but what will 20th Century Fox's marquee franchise do when he's gone? According to X-Men: Apocalypse producer Simon Kinberg, the studio is still figuring that out.
"I do think you would want to figure out how to tell more Wolverine stories," Kinberg told Digital Spy. "So either we would try to entice Hugh to come back and eat more chicken and work out for a few months, or we would have to figure out a creative way to move forward. Honestly, I can't imagine anybody else playing the part, and there's not too many characters I can say that for."
Jackman himself has offered an idea for a replacement when he retires from the role - Tom Hardy. Still, director Bryan Singer also confessed to Digital Spy that there's a chance Wolverine could appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, saying he "can't talk about" the character's whereabouts during the story.
As for Singer himself, he's also up in the air about his remaining tenure with the X-Men franchise, saying that while he is wary of directing X-Men films "until he's dead," he still has plans in mind.
"I love these characters. I want to be the guy to pick young Storm, and Jean, and I want to be the guy to pick who Apocalypse is. And to take Magneto into this different place in her life, and to take Raven into this different place in her life. And I want to be the guy to take Xavier's hair off! That's me! I don't want anyone else to do that."
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to open in theaters May 27. The Wolverine is scheduled for March 3.