29 Sep – Hollywood director James Mangold finds himself having to explain that he was joking following the response he received over his reaction to news of Hugh Jackman's return as Wolverine.
The director, who helmed Jackman's last Wolverine movie, "Logan" in 2017, earlier shared a GIF from his movie on Twitter, specifically a scene in which Wolverine/Logan was brutally killed, after Ryan Reynolds teased about Jackman appearing in "Deadpool 3".
It is noted that the character's arc ended in the said 2017 movie.
Following the tweets, several netizens took to Twitter to try and "educate" the director, with one saying that he does not have the final word on what happens to Wolverine, while another stressing that "anything is possible in the Multiverse".
In response to the backlash, the director posted another message on Twitter, writing, "Oh my gosh! Everybody chill. Just kidding! I'm all good! LOGAN will always be there. Multiverse or prequel, time warp or worm hole, canon or non-canon or even without a rationale, I cannot wait to see what madness my dear friends [Ryan Reynolds] and [Hugh Jackman] cook up!"
In an old interview with ComicBook, the director was confident in his stance that Jackman would never return as Wolverine, having buried the character in "Logan", adding that it was his idea and Jackman's own to let Wolverine die in the movie.
"What I'd be curious about if any one of these things happened would be, what are they doing with it? Meaning, I would have no qualms about it if someone had a good idea. If it's basically, 'I ran out of money and I needed a big paycheck, and I'm doing an empty film that cheapens the quality of the previous,' well, that would be its own sadness," he said.