With the Marvel/Fox deal expected to close soon, both studios are already looking ahead at how they could combine their universes. While it’s most likely that Marvel will reboot most of the X-Men franchise and reintroduce new actors in the MCU, characters like Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool will most probably stay on.
Now, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed more of their plans regarding Wolverine to IGN. And it definitely won’t include Hugh Jackman.
“Yes, because Hugh, just the physicality of it all, just to bulk up, this man worked so hard to bulk up… his natural state, they used to call him ‘worm’ when he was a kid, his natural state is a very skinny guy. And once you reach a certain age, the body just won’t go anymore, and I think he was wise to say, ‘I’m at that point, I can’t do it.’ That doesn’t mean he can’t come back as older Wolverine – you never know. Future Wolverine, you never know. I don’t know what Kevin’s thinking, honestly. I don’t even think Kevin knows yet, I think Kevin’s still dealing with this wealth of characters and trying to make sense of it all.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed the X-Men will come under Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios. “I think it only makes sense,” Iger said. I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”
With that said, it’s great to hear that we might see Logan back on screen soon, even though the X-Men joining the MCU won’t be enticing enough to bring Jackman back. Since Jackman’s retirement from Wolverine, we’ve seen many fan casts. Among those listed are Keanu Reeves, Richard Armitage, Scott Eastwood, Tom Hardy, Travis Fimmel, Jai Courtney and Taylor Kitsch.
Whether Feige will attempt to find a young unknown actor to embrace the Wolverine role or hire an established older actor to add their spin on the character will be revealed in due time.