Hugh Jackman makes it official: Wolverine 3 will be his last X-Men movie

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May 11, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT (Updated)

Hugh Jackman has been flirting with calling it quits for years, but now the most famous member of the X-Men has put an end date on his tenure as Wolverine.

During a recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show, the 46-year-old action star said the upcoming Wolverine spinoff sequel will be his final appearance as the clawed mutant that made him famous. By that point, he’ll have spent about two decades in the adamantium skeleton, so we’d say Jackman has definitely earned a reprieve.

Jackman has portrayed Logan/Wolverine in seven films, and though we know he’ll headline the new Wolverine sequel, his potential role in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse remains unclear. Considering the fact that Apocalypse is already shooting, and will feature several new characters (well, younger versions of existing characters), it stands to reason Jackman’s role would potentially be small if he even has one. 

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

"This will be my last one. It is my last time. It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I'm so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."

Considering the creative high the franchise is currently enjoying, largely thanks to Jackman and his roles in Days of Future Past and The Wolverine, it’s probably the perfect time for him to walk away. But we’ll still miss his iconic take on the butt-kicking Canuck.

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