Logan works on many levels, mostly as a swan song for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. We’ve known for ages that this would be his last run playing the character, and Logan gives him an appropriately melancholy, moving send-off. But, had Marvel and 20th Century Fox been able to reach some kind of deal before Jackman made the decision not to sign on for another movie after this one, his Wolverine might have stuck around.

Jackman revealed that if there was any possibility of the X-Men merging with the Avengers in the near future (there isn’t, of course), he might’ve thought twice about saying goodbye to the character. In an interview with Screen Rant, Jackman explained his reasoning:

If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know.

While it would have been awesome to finally see the Avengers and X-Men team up on the big screen, watching Logan just wouldn’t feel the same if in the back of your mind you were thinking, “It’s fine, we’ll see him again in the next one.” Plus, with Infinity War all mapped out and a possible Dark Phoenix movie on the way, both Marvel and Fox have their hands plenty full without putting Tony Stark and Wolverine in the same room and expecting them to behave.

Logan hits theaters March 3.

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