Adding onto their already legendary careers, Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart have recently been awarded the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero”.
Jackman (Wolverine) and Stewart (Professor X) held the mantle from 2000 until 2017, which made an official amount of time for 16 years, 228 days.
Jackman was presented with the award on the This Morning talk show, where Guinness came and awarded him the official certificate. Go the 3:40 mark in the video below to see them get the record.
Jackman and Stewart have unfortunately confirmed that Logan will be the last time they play those roles, so it seems like 16 years, 228 days will officially be the record to beat.
Wolverine has played an important role in four mainline X-Men films and three solo Wolverine films. He’s also made brief cameos in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Stewart’s Professor X was a central in the original X-Men trilogy and the reboot, where he and James McAvoy played the same character. His role in Logan was considered a send-off for that version of the character.
No other tenured actor in Marvel movies at the moment is close to the record. Robert Downey Jr. has been playing Iron Man since 2008, which makes it eleven years at the moment with the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. In order to have a chance, he would have to keep playing Iron Man for at least five more years. Some say he might not make it out of Endgame, so the record is potentially safe for a while.
Will the record be overtaken by Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man? Will another famed character break the record? Make your predictions below!