The X-Men movies are some of the most popular and financially successful movie franchises in the world.
Hugh Jackson first came on the scene as Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, credited for changing the face of comic-book movies. Jackman played the role for 17 years over the course of nine movies, and he currently holds the Guinness World Record of ‘longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero’.
In those eventful 17 years, Hugh Jackman starred in a trilogy centered on his mutant character Wolverine.
Do you know what those movies are?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
This movie explored the early years of James Logan (Hugh Jackman), featuring his rivalry with his brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber), his service in the special forces team Weapon X, and his experimentation with the metal-lined mutant Wolverine.
The movie wasn’t well received by critics and hasn’t exactly aged well. It’s also notable for being the first and last movie in a once-long plan for more origin stories starring popular X-Men characters like Magneto. One more thing it’s remembered for is its Deadpool live-action debut starring Ryan Reynolds. This, too, hasn’t aged well.
The Wolverine (2013)
Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants.
If you’re a fan of Yakuza and Ninja action pieces, this one’s a must-watch. It’s an exciting solo outing and showcases Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in a darker and much more humane light than most of the other X-Men movies up to this point did.
In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Logan is the swansong of Hugh Jackman’s illustrious career playing the ferocious mutant with a high healing factor. It signaled the end of a good 17 years since Wolverine first showed up on the big screen. Five years since that grand finale that raked in more than a billion USD at the box office, fans have continued to wonder, who’s worthy to take up the mantle next?