Jon Snow to replace Hugh Jackman as the new Wolverine?
Logan marks the end of an era for perhaps the most venerated partnership between actor and character in any superhero franchise, with Hugh Jackman officially having shaved off the muttonchops, retracted the iconic metal claws and retired his run as Wolverine. Though Jackman shared an undoubtable link with Wolverine, somebody will eventually have to pick up the mantle, because reboots have become inevitable and routine staples in the agendas of movie studios. But when, and whom? Taking age, character and other existing Marvel and DC roles into consideration, we narrowed it down to a top three.
First, do we need another Wolverine movie anytime soon?
Ideally, they shouldn’t make another movie featuring Wolverine for at least five years. That’s when Marvel will be restructuring its future plans and any other X-Men related shows or spin-off movies will have fizzled. When that time comes - again, hopefully five or 10 years from now - it would be wise to pluck another actor from obscurity, just like they did with Jackman.
The core characteristics required
The characteristics needed for a great Wolverine are an outer glaze of hostility and gruffness but with a core of vulnerability and heart. It also doesn’t hurt if they’re hairy and smoke cigars.
A popular choice to replace Jackman as a quick fix would be Tom Hardy, who has proven his ability to play vicious and aloof. This is an emergency-only situation if the movie studio decides they want another Wolverine movie within the next couple of years, because Hardy is already 39 and wouldn’t be a sustainable option for a handful of more films.
If they want somebody who will have already been established by then, why not take a look at Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame. He fits the bill in terms of stature, youth and appearance, and also has experience with action. His GOT character can already be described as a warrior with heart, which ought to be the winning recipe for Wolverine.
The dude is blowing up at the moment. After his turn as Heath of AMC giant The Walking Dead, Hawkins dropped some pounds to represent the doctor himself, Dr. Dre, in Straight Outta Compton, and now plays the lead in the new 24 spin-off, 24: Legacy. Add to that a starring role in Kong: Skull Island, and the man’s got a solid handle on bad-assery. Here’s hoping the recasting of Wolverine is handled with fragility and competence.