James Mangold on Wolverine’s Return, the Success of ‘Indiana Jones,’ and his Journey Back to Big-Budget Filmmaking

In an intriguing new development, director James Mangold, famed for his successful blockbusters like “The Wolverine” and “Logan,” makes a grand return to big-screen entertainment with “Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny.” As one might expect, his return brings a sense of novelty to the iconic Indiana Jones franchise, one that he thoroughly endorses.

However, his feelings are different when it comes to Hugh Jackman’s reprisal of Wolverine for the forthcoming film “Deadpool 3.” During a recent interview with [Variety](https://variety.com/2023/film/news/indiana-jones-5-james-mangold-harrison-ford-1235650894/amp/), Mangold revealed his wish that the character of Wolverine had been archived. However, he accepted the inevitability of Jackman reprising the role in the blockbuster industry’s relentless pursuit for profit.

Mangold’s own work with the Wolverine character has brought him considerable success. “The Wolverine” and “Logan,” which brought him his first Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, remain his highest-grossing films to date, making $414.8 million and $619.2 million respectively.

Fans of Mangold’s earlier works before his Wolverine films, like “Girl, Interrupted” and “Walk The Line,” are waiting with bated breath as he returns to the musician biopic sub-genre with “A Complete Unknown,” featuring Timothée Chalamet as young Bob Dylan. Post this, Mangold returns to the blockbuster arena with his “Star Wars” movie about the origins of the Jedi Order and the “Swamp Thing” movie for DCU.

In more superhero news, “Deadpool 3,” directed by Shawn Levy, will be the platform where Jackman as Wolverine joins Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Slated for a May 3, 2024 release, plot details for the film remain under wraps. Keep an eye out for the trailer to this much-awaited cinematic outing.

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