Jackman on Wolverine's evolution in DOFP and when he'll eventually call it quits

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Feb 19, 2014, 4:53 PM EST

Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for more than a decade, and along the way a lot of things have changed for the mutton-chopped mutant. So, what does he have in store for X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Jackman did a wide-ranging interview with Collider, and between teasing some epic future-battles with Sentinels, he opened up about how the character has changed across the three X-Men films and two standalones.

According to Jackman, Days of Future Past definitely serves as a sequel to The Wolverine, in regard to where it finds his character. So, in addition to following up on First Class and the original X-Men trilogy, it sounds like Days of Future Past will essentially be tying in all three separate-but-connected franchise. Phew, good luck:

“It very much follows on from The Wolverine. You get the feeling that he’s come to terms with who he is – I’m a warrior, I’m Wolverine and that’s who I am, for better or worse, it’s not all going to be pretty, but here we go. And then soon after, as you saw in the teaser, he gets approached. Now, actually, it’s all hands on deck, it doesn’t matter which side you’re on in terms of mutant politics, it’s about survival. So he’s on board, but he’s very much in the center of it in terms of the team, so to speak. And then he’s sent back to try and fix things and, as he says, I’m the last person in the world who should be sent back on this mission.

If you want someone to go back to take someone’s head off, fantastic, but he’s really got to go back and almost act in parts as inspiration, as mentor, as guide, because he can’t do it all on his own, which is always his preferred method, but he can’t here because of the nature of the story. So he has to become, not necessarily a leader, because I’d still call Xavier the leader here, but in a way he has to become a facilitator for everyone to come together. Which is not his normal modus operandi and it’s certainly not easy for him.”

Along with how the character fits into the franchise, Jackman also touched on just how many more X-Men movies he might have in his future. Though he wouldn’t talk in specifics, Jackman seemed to say he could keep making them for a good while — so long as the quality stays up. Here’s hoping he learned his lesson from the X-Men Origins debacle:

“I know 100% it’ll come to an end and it should. I’ve said before, I always think the great parts outlive the actors that play them and that’s a stage tradition, that goes back hundreds of years and it should be that way. I came off the bench to play this part and when people do that, they’re even more reluctant to give it up! But I love playing it and I really love playing The Wolverine and I was very motivated to do what I thought was a more definitive version of that character and being in this is a dream.

There’s no way I’d miss out on this opportunity, right? So to go on from there, here’s how I think. It has to be more interesting than the last Wolverine if I’m going to a Wolverine movie, it has to be more compelling. And the same with an ensemble piece, whatever it’s called, it would have to be the same thing. I don’t know when that will be. Who knows? I don’t know what’ll happen.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past  is set to open May 23, 2014. How do you think it’ll turn out?

(Via Collider)