The introduction of the Multiverse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe invites the possibilities of crossover events that haven't been considered before. Rampant speculation has fans anticipating to see old Spider-Man characters in new ways throughout Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) as the multiverse scrambles timelines and franchises, though there's still one outlier that has been begged to return: the Wolverine.
Jackman sat down with FOX 32 Chicago's Jake Hamilton on his show, Jake's Takes, to promote his upcoming film Reminiscence (2021). During the interview, Hamilton addressed the rumors of Jackman's inclusion in the Multiverse that tacks on to any chance that the actor would make his way into the MCU. His answer to the long-time rumors of his return dismissed them altogether.
"That fact that I’m hearing about this from you, and there’s nothing in my inbox from Kevin Feige means it’s probably, no matter what idea I came up with, not on the table," Jackman said to Hamilton, "Let’s just be clear. I realized, before we shot Logan, I was like, we got the idea. We knew what it was going to be-ish, right? And I thought this is it. And that really helped me, it really helped knowing I was going into my last season, that it was my last season that I made the most of it. And it’s still a character I hold close to my heart. But I know it’s done."
Artwork by BossLogic featured Jackman's Wolverine followed by a photo of Jackman and Feige together posted the next day prompted that the two social media posts were connected in some way, though it seems to be definite that Jackman is hanging up the claws permanently. "Tell that to whoever you want. Please tell it to Ryan [Reynolds]. Because he’s like, doesn’t believe anything, he thinks I’m joking, please," the actor joked.
Jackman's last, and now seemingly final, performance as Logan "Wolverine" Howlett in Logan (2017) served an emotional R-rated farewell to the character's iconic cinematic legacy. The actor made his first appearance, claws out, in X-Men (2000), spending 17 years in the prominent role. Jackman insists that he's stepping back, but in the age of avoiding spoilers, his denial could be protecting something bigger to come.