Old Spider-Man villains are coming to the MCU, along with old Spider-Men. And now the rumor is that Marvel wants Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the mix.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to continue with Phase 4, we’re noticing a trend: actors being asked to reprise their roles as famous superheroes. There’s the rumor that both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield may return as Spider-Man in the upcoming new Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland. And we know for sure that Jamie Foxx is returning as Electro. Add in the fact that Doctor Strange will be part of that movie, and our best bet is that it’s going to involve cameos from different heroes from multiple universes.
And it doesn’t end with Spider-Man characters. Over at DC, they’re talking about breaking back Michael Keaton as Batman for the new Flash movie. And a new rumor has it that Disney wants Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The last time we saw Hugh Jackman as Wolverine was in 2017’s Logan, which felt like a definitive end for his take on the character. But in comics, death is always pretty temporary. Avengers: Endgame reversed billions of deaths. Also, Logan took place in the future world of 2029, so maybe he could appear in the MCU at an earlier date.
The rumor, as many rumors do, came from Daniel Richtman, who has a history of getting inside scoops. According to him, Marvel at least had an offer out to Jackman for…something:
Obviously that doesn’t prove anything — technically the offer could be for anything, if it even exists in the first place — but considering all the rumors about returning heroes, fans could be forgiven for thinking it could mean more Wolverine.
At the least, Jackman sounds down to join the MCU. In 2017, he told ScreenRant that he would have to consider returning to the role if the MCU was an option:
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. At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character].
Personally, I dunno if I want to see Jackman’s Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think Logan was a powerful, almost poetic way for the character to go out. There’s always the danger that bringing him back would taint that.
Then again, once I see him up on the screen again I may change my mind. Maybe one last ride won’t be so bad, especially if it’s going to be as a small part of a bigger, multiple universe plotline. And soon enough, we’re very likely going to have a whole new crop of X-Men in the MCU, anyway.