James Mangold is one of the most respected directors in recent times. Not only is he widely respected for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having been responsible for definitive films for the character of Wolverine, but he has also established himself as one of the finest filmmakers of recent times, having great versatility in his films, being responsible for the 1999 film, Girl, Interrupted, as well as Ford v Ferrari.
Despite having an Academy Award to his name, one of his most well-executed stories to this date has to be that of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Being extremely close to this character, he has been very vocal about being upset that Jackman’s character is being brought back in Deadpool 3. In a recent interview, the director of the upcoming film talks about this, specifically of the impact Mangold’s films have had in the making of this project, which can easily be called the filmmaker’s biggest nightmare.
James Mangold Is Not Happy With Wolverine’s Return
James Mangold loved Wolverine, and fans of the character would passionately say that he did justice to his story on screen, executing one of the most beautiful character arcs in the history of this franchise. Logan was critically acclaimed, so much so that it stands at a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. After working on such a successful masterpiece, it will be natural for someone like the filmmaker, to feel satisfied with the completion of the story that he delivered.
“I can’t say that there’s a part of me that doesn’t wish that we’d let it be,” he says. “But there was always going to be another Wolverine. There could be a baby Wolverine and a cartoon Wolverine. As much liquid as they can squeeze out of that rag, they’re going to try to. I don’t measure my success on a movie like ‘Logan’ with whether we ended the conversation. I ended my conversation.”
It is also natural for him to feel upset when this was taken away to create a comeback with his character, years after his death. This is what happened with Hugh Jackman’s character, who is going to be making an appearance in Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3. Granted this is a different version of the character, Mangold told Variety, that he couldn’t help but feel upset at the fact that not only is his character coming back on screen to start a new story, but he will be wearing the same face, that of Jackman.
Deadpool 3 Director Talks About Logan
The question and fear of Deadpool 3 ruining the legacy of Wolverine that has been created by James Mangold is not only shared by the filmmaker. Many fans have confessed that this matter is of great concern to them. During a recent interview with Brobible, the director of the upcoming film, Sean Levy talked about the role that the 2017 film will play in this project.
“I have always said that I can’t wait for Deadpool 3 to come out because all I want to do is give interviews alongside Ryan where we talk about our reverence for the movie Logan,”
He confessed that one of the things that he was most excited about once this movie came out is talking about how much respect both he and Ryan Reynolds have for the works that came before that featured Hugh Jackman‘s character.
“Logan is canon. We love Logan. That happened. I want the world to know, as the producer and director, all of us share a deep love and respect for Logan, every aspect of how it’s crafted, and all the events that take place.”
He even revealed that the events of Logan, which are canon in this film, would be acknowledged subtly, to pay regard to the project. While this may have the intention of kindness, this can almost feel like salt in a wound for Mangold, who is already not all too happy about the fact that this project is happening in the first place.