What if Hugh Jackman's #Wolverine was in the MCU?
Steve Rogers, Captain America remembers Logan during World War II Concept ▼
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There's almost a 100% chance that you may have heard about this deal between Disney and Fox. In an historic deal, Disney tentatively purchased Fox's movie and TV assets in a transaction that is valued somewhere close to $60 billion. As part of the deal, Disney will get the rights to Fox's entire movie IPs, which includes Avatar, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Ice Age, as well as several others. The one the nerds cared most about, though, was the X-Men, who will now finally be making their way to the MCU. That includes the most popular X-Man of all, Wolverine, which has begged the question: Will Disney recast the role or will Hugh Jackman cut his retirement short to play in the superhero sandbox of his dreams?
As great as it would be to see Hugh Jackman finally suit up in a comic book accurate Wolverine costume, it is likely for the best that Jackman stays retired from the character, and for Disney to find a new face once Wolverine makes his MCU debut. Logan was meant to be Hugh Jackman's final portrayal of the character he helped make famous almost 18 years ago, and Jackman seemed pretty adamant about that. Through all his press interviews, he made it clear: it was just time to move on. However, Jackman has also gone on record saying that he would be more than down to be in a movie with Iron Man and the Avengers. (A sentiment I'm sure a lot of us share).
Hugh Jackman said that had an MCU crossover been on the table before Logan, he likely would have reconsidered his decision to hang up the claws. Does that mean he wouldn't have retired? Who can really say, but what's important is that it would have given him genuine pause, and some recent words from Sebastian Stan seemed to imply that it's something that's been on Jackman's mind a lot lately.
But I think that Hugh Jackman should stick with his gut on this one. It stinks that he got out of the game just as it got way more fun to play the famous mutant, but he had a legendary run as Wolverine and he went out on top. Logan will likely go down as one of the best superhero movies of all time; a film that takes itself and its main character incredibly seriously, but doesn't shy away from the comic booky stuff people want to see. If it hadn't have come out in so early in the year, Logan might even have had a stronger chance at the Oscars; Hell, it still might! Logan is what "going out on top" looks like.
If Hugh Jackman is the MCU's Wolverine, then that's going to take some serious mental gymnastics to understand. Spoiler alert, but Wolverine dies at the end of Logan. How is he supposed to come back in the MCU? Our nerdier readers may be quick to shout "Multiverse!" but that's unnecessarily confusing to moviegoers who may not be as used to the concept of infinite realities -- especially when it's never suggested that Logan takes place in an alternate future.
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