The first action star of the 21st century is preparing to call it a day. In Logan, Hugh Jackman will be portraying the X-Men character Wolverine for the final time. Just around two decades ago, advances in technology had made CGI more accessible to a broader range of film productions, allowing the fantastic to appear (mostly) realistic. Although comic-inspired movies in the past had featured use of CGI, 2000's X-Men was arguably the beginning of the current comic book movie phenomenon. The bridge between that opening and today is Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. 2000 doesn't seem so long ago, and it's sometimes difficult to imagine just how much time has passed. Floppy disks were giving way to the CD-R, but were still the primary means of data storage. The iPod did not exist. Cell phones were not widely owned, so John Stamos, Hulk Hogan, and ALF were telling us to dial 10-10-220 (on payphones!) for our long distance calls.
From a time before the Fast and the Furious franchise had even begun until now, Hugh Jackman has been our Wolverine. Even after starring in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige and being nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in Les Misérables, Jackman never abandoned the character of Wolverine. Many actors might feel that they had become too good for a role in a comic book movie after finding the type of acting success that Jackman has, but he has always remained committed to playing the ageless mutant. The spirit in which he has performed and continually improved upon the character of Wolverine is inspiring. While promoting the movies - on TV, on the red carpet, at Comic-Con - you can always see the genuine excitement he has for both the character and the films, and it's refreshing.In Logan, Jackman will portray Wolverine for the last time. If anyone deserves a break, it's him. Thanks, Hugh.