Hugh Jackman has responded to the revelation that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe by discussing the chances of Wolverine following him.
The Australian actor has been playing the beloved comic-book character in Fox’s X-Men films since 2000. In fact, if he does turn up in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, then it will be his eight appearance as Logan/Wolverine, while he is also set to reprise the role in a third solo Wolverine film, too.
And when asked by Geek, via IGN, whether he might ever portray Wolverine as part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Jackman was both pragmatic and idealistic with his response.
“There’s so many forces at play there, man, beyond what anyone would want.
The thing I’ve always loved about the comic-book world is how the fun thing was how a writer of a comic book could just pull all these characters together and what became a friday-night discussion of ‘it would be cool to see Batman fight Wolverine,’ and band, Monday morning they’re working on it, you know.
But that’s an idealized world.”
Meanwhile, during another discussion that Jackman conducted with Screen Crush to promote his upcoming performance in Chappie, the actor admitted that he was excited about Spider-Man’s pending move to Marvel, declaring, “I think that is really exciting news.”
During his chat, Jackman also admitted that he would adore the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with Robert Downey, Jr.’s, Iron Man – a fight that he insists Wolverine would win.
Unfortunately for both movie fans and Hugh Jackman, it doesn’t sound as if an agreement between Marvel and Fox, who own the X-Men franchise, is going to be worked out anytime soon.
In fact, their relationship deteriorated quite substantially recently after Marcel decided to cancel all Fantastic Four comics in an attempt to sabotage the upcoming cinematic reboot of the characters. Fox’s The Fantastic Four will be released this summer, and it will be directed by Chronicle’s Josh Trank and Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell will star as the foursome.
Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that Fox and Marvel would work out a deal for any of the X-Men team to join MCU, because, simply put, 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past was both a critical and financial success and their plans to incorporate the 2011 X-Men: First Class actors with 2000’s X-Men thespians is currently going swimmingly.
Marvel and Sony were only able to work out a deal because of the supposed failure of $709 million-grossing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Sony believe that by incorporating Peter Parker with MCU, they can reinvigorate the character.