When X-Men: Days of Future Past hits this summer, it will be the sixth time that Hugh Jackman has played the adamantium clad mutant Wolverine. The actor has become a comic book James Bond of sorts, but now that he's played the same character for 15 years, it sounds like he's ready to step down. 20th Century Fox is already developing a sequel to The Wolverine with director James Mangold returning, but Jackman isn't yet officially signed to reprise his role, and he's waiting to see where the story goes before committing. The actor might be using this as a negotiating tactic, but either way, Jackman is near the end.
待今年夏天《X战警：逆转未来》（X-Men：Days of Future Past）上映之时，休·杰克曼便已六次出演这个拥有着艾德曼合金爪子的变异人——金刚狼了。这名演员已经从某种程度上成为了漫画书里的詹姆斯·邦德了，但他已经15年扮演了相同的角色，这听起来像是在走下坡路。20世纪福克斯已经打算拍《金刚狼》（The Wolverine）的续集了，由詹姆斯·曼戈尔德（James Mangold）执导，然而杰克曼还没有正式签约来继续饰演他的这个角色，他在签约前打算等着看故事线是怎么发展的。这位演员可能用这个理由来作为谈判策略，但无论如何，杰克曼在饰演这个角色上已经快走到终点了。
Speaking with SFX (via ComingSoon), Jackman was asked about The Wolverine 2 and said, "I’m excited to see what we can come up with. But I haven't signed on. I'm genuinely at that point where unless it's better than the last one I'm not going to do it." And Jackman indicates that he and Mangold are still working through where Logan's journey will go next saying, "I don't know yet. We're talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I'm 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me." That's quite a lot of certainty.
This is an inevitable fact that fans were going to have to face sooner than later. Much like Robert Downey Jr. will not always be Tony Stark/Iron Man, Hugh Jackman cannot always be Wolverine. Since actors are ageless like comic book characters, they will have to be replaced at some point, and it sounds like if The Wolverine 2 comes together, than Jackman will call it quits after that. The film is already set for release on the somewhat unceremonious date of March 3rd, 2017, which is in line with Mangold saying they wouldn't shoot the film until after X-Men: Apocalypse is done. Of course, since that sequel is supposed to follow the younger X-Men, we likely won't see Jackman pop up in that film at all. Stay tuned.
粉丝们迟早都得面对这个不可回避的事实的。就像小罗伯特·唐尼（Robert Downey Jr.）不会永远都是托尼·史塔克（Tony Stark）/钢铁侠（Iron Man），休·杰克曼也不会永远都是金刚狼。随着演员们的年龄和漫画书里的角色差距越来越大，在某个时候他们必然会被取代。目前看起来在下一部《金刚狼》出来之后，杰克曼便会退出这个系列。目前这部电影已经确定会在2017年三月三日左右上映，这也符合曼戈尔德的下一部《金刚狼》会在《X战警：天启》（X-Men：Apocalypse）之后才开始拍摄的说法。当然，那部《X战警》的主线在年轻的X战警们身上，我们很有可能甚至都不会看到杰克曼在那部电影里出现。今后的形式如何让我们拭目以待吧。