As Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox seems more and more likely, the X-Men (and the Fantastic Four) may already be booking their flights for their journey over to the MCU.
Though Hugh Jackman and Wolverine are almost a symbiotic force unto themselves, the actor recently retired from the role after this past year's Logan. As an older, grizzled Wolverine, Jackman seemed to be retracting his claws for the last time. If Wolverine and his fellow gifted youngsters do make their way to the MCU, it is almost certain that a new actor will don his wolfish coif and tanktop.
Talking with Collider about the possible sale, Jackman said, “It’s interesting because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head."
He's not alone in that, as many fans longed to see his Wolverine show up to complicate the chaos. It was only ever a dream, though, as Jackman continues, "But it was like, 'Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,' and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen..."
Might just the notion of getting to slash up some Skrulls and share some snark with Tony Stark be enough to tempt Jackman back to the role? As he says, "...obviously, I was like, 'Hang on!' But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.'"
As great as Jackman is in the role, if the MCU is about to adopt a whole mess of mutants it would make sense for an entirely new cast of actors to play them. We've had multiple Supermen, Batmen, Spideys, and even the crazy continuity of the current X-Men films dared to recast Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart -- so even though we've come to know and love Jackman as the de-facto live action Logan, there's a very good chance that we will learn to love again.
Which, of course, begs the question-- if not Jackman, then who? It's anybody's guess, bub. A recast would allow Wolverine to be a shorter, scrappier guy who is more in line with his comic book roots, something that we never got with the towering Jackman. Richard Armitage (The Hobbit Trilogy) is voicing him in a new podcast, and though he is rather tall, he has played smaller (dwarfish) characters before. Many other names are being thrown around, but perhaps an unknown actor is the way to go. Jackman was an unknown when the first X-Men hit, and look what happened. If they really wanted to go full on berserker, however, they could just throw continuity to the wind and cast Logan scene-stealer Dafne Keen.
As the Fox deal inches ever forward and the adamantium skeleton continues to slowly meld itself to the MCU, who would you like to see take over for Jackman? Would you accept anyone else? Let us know in the comments!