Hugh Jackman Came Very Close to 'Spider-Man' Cameo as Wolverine
Now this is pretty cool, but also relatively annoying. While Hugh Jackman has been very vocal about getting Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures to play nice in order to get The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man all in the same movie, the insane amount of red tape to get that done is the only thing holding that possibility back. However, before the Marvel cinematic universe even came together, Kevin Feige actually tried to mash-up these characters before. In a recent interview, Jackman recalls that when Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film was shooting in New York, they wanted to have Wolverine appear just by walking through a shot. But a strange problem stopped their plan from coming to fruition.
Jackman explained to The Huffington Post:
"In the first "Spider-Man" -- Kevin Feige reminded me of this -- we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn't find the suit. The suit was stuck in some thing. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn't get it together."
That's a bummer. However, we're wondering what Jackman means by "the suit," because it would have been really weird and forced if Wolverine was just walking around New York in his black, leather X-Men uniform. Maybe Jackman just means Logan's traditional jeans and winter coat wardrobe or something like that. Maybe in the end it's better than this cameo didn't happen now that Fox is seemingly trying to create their own cinematic universe around X-Men with the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past bridging the casts of the original trilogy and X-Men: First Class, not to mention the forthcoming X-Force movie.
But maybe there's hope on the horizon. Jackman certainly thinks so:
"You know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, 'Why not? Why can't we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?' And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid [for X-Men] compared to the amount of money Disney paid [for Marvel] is very different. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what's great about it is they're just mashing together all the time -- and it's awesome. And people are like, 'Yeah, well, let's get this one with that!' And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it."
After all, Vin Diesel just recently teased a mysterious Marvel project he's working on for 2016 or 2017, and he described it as a big project that would feature a "merging of brands." We're not sure if the studios are in the midst of figuring out how to have crossovers with their Marvel comic book characters and make everyone happy, but that would be just about the coolest thing ever. After all, Sony did try to work with Marvel by having the new Oscorp tower from The Amazing Spider-Man in the Manhattan skyline in The Avengers, but it didn't work out logistically. Fans would lose their minds of Marvel, Fox and Sony were able to work out a deal, but we won't hold our breath.