Hugh Jackman Wants to Fight Alongside The Avengers & Spider-Man
The assembly of The Avengers was one of the most exciting cinematic events ever. And Marvel's unprecedented lead-up to the superhero ensemble and the creation of an interconnected universe on the big screen has taken Hollywood by storm. There's rumors of an expanded X-Men universe at Fox (more on that below), and Warner Bros. is trying their best to figure out how to approach Justice League after the success of Man of Steel. And if one Marvel star has their way, there should be more. In a recent interview, The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman expressed his interest to fight alongside The Avengers and Spider-Man.
In an effort to create excitement, Collider asked Jackman what it would take to get Wolverine to team-up with Marvel's superhero squad and Sony's neighborhood webslinger, and he wants it to happen badly:
“Mate, I ask the same question. I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise. I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’ But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.”
Most of us know that the real hold-up is the fact that Fox has the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four (with a reboot coming from Chronicle director Josh Trank), Sony has the rights to Spider-Man with their newly rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and Marvel holds all of The Avengers like Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and others. But Jackman, maybe a little bit naively, doesn't see the problem:
“I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together! I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.”
Of course, because of the bureaucracy and red tape that holds Hollywood together, that kind of deal is easier said then done, and we're talking about having a lot of cooks in a very profitable kitchen, and they all want a slice of the pie (okay, that's enough with the metaphors). But still, there is the prospect of studios wanting to collaborate on a larger universe like this. Remember, there were discussions about including the new Oscorp tower from The Amazing Spider-Man in the Manhattan skyline in The Avengers, but the timing didn't work out for the special effects to be finished on time. This kind of team-up does seem very unlikely, but maybe if fans keep pushing, studios will lighten up and figure something out.
By the way, since we brought up the idea of an expanded X-Men universe, X-MenFilms.com (via ComingSoon) just noticed that Fox has registered the domain name X-ForceMovie.com, implying that Fox might be bringing the X-Men counterpart ensemble, described as more aggressive and militant, to the big screen. Characters in X-Force included Cable, Warpath, Deadpool (which has been gestating at Fox), and more recent comic book runs have included Wolverine in the mix with other known characters like Colossus. Creator Rob Leifeld said on Twitter that he's known about potential plans for an X-Force film since March, but there's been no greenlight yet. Could Fox be prepping for an announcement at Comic-Con?
Reader Feedback - 24 Comments
Hugh Jackman is the man, he has done 7 movies as Wolverine, he only did a cameo in 1, but still. Robert Downey Jr talks about leaving Iron Man after he does 4 Movies... come on!! Hugh Jackman deserves the Wolverine spot because he still allows the character to live on with him, and then talks about doing even more, he wants to be Wolverine with the Avengers, and he is the best for saying that this needs to happen, BECAUSE IT NEEDS TOO
Sky on Jul 12, 2013
I've been wondering why Marvel can't get all the studios together as well. I'm sure they can iron out a profit sharing deal that would allow the entire Marvel U to exist in one film. The cast would be insane and I can't imagine all the characters would get proper screen time but I don't think anyone would complain however they can make it happen. Even if it were an Avengers film and in the climax Spidey, the FF, and the X-Men show up to help save the day. That would be enough.
David Diaz on Jul 12, 2013
It does sound that easy when you think about rationally, but then from the Studio's POV, I think they think they can make more money on their own. Which they probably can, but only marginally more than if they really started to crank out Marvel Universe films with crossovers happening all the time. People would go ape shit for that.
DAVIDPD on Jul 12, 2013
Idk about that, the potential for profit from all of these characters being in one movie is fuckin infinite, on an international level. I would go as far as to say the billion dollar mark would be easy to hit, I mean didnt IM3 hit that? Thats one hero and a mediocre movie, imagine the quality and sheer star power of something hes speaking of. My only worry would be that too many creative conflicts ideas would turn it into a mess, but these are all hypothetical I suppose.
Cody W on Jul 12, 2013
The X-Force probability is the story here . At one point at Marvel I think they had six mutant-related books . All X-Men variations . So I think the movie universe can handle another team or two . ESPecially since Deadpool Cable and Wolverine together could turn dark and horrifying . An X-Factor or New Mutants film(with teen mutants ) would compete against the Hunger Games franchise ..
Dominic on Jul 17, 2013
What happened to plans for 'The New Mutants' and 'Power Pack' ?
David Banner on Jul 12, 2013
There's been many plans over the years. They own "mutants" and all teams. But are Power Pack mutants? I don't think so, and I think Marvel has the rights: "Marvel Studios announced that Properties including Doctor Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler, and Power Pack are among those being considered for development." A Grant Morrison spin on their story would be awesome, otherwise it's just 'Spy Kids, The Marvel(FOX) version'. And New Mutants? I don't think FOX has the brainpower to control more than 2 X-Men teams.
Chacca-wakka on Jul 13, 2013
A Ka-Zar movie, wtfh??
Lars on Jul 17, 2013
I would only allow this if the final film was four hours long with an intermission.
OfficialJab on Jul 12, 2013
How would you stop it?
fuze. on Jul 13, 2013
Ask politely over the internet.
OfficialJab on Jul 13, 2013
They should try and find some sort of loophole (I know, it won't happen), considering Wolverine and Spider-Man at certain points in the comics are part of The Avengers. On the other hand, I think if a movie had all of those major, fan favorite characters it would be extremely hard to flesh out a good story and still give people fair screen time. Someone would always end up feeling like they got less than another person, and fans would pick it apart (like always).
Blake Sturchio on Jul 12, 2013
hopefully it happens before stan lee gets too old..
jaxtaman on Jul 13, 2013
I'm with you Hugh Jackman lets make this a party and have all the characters together before everyone gets too old for this or think they are too good to share the screen. I appreciate the fact he wants to do this with the fans interest in mind.
BinaryChaos on Jul 13, 2013
I mean they almost had the Osborn building in Avengers, a cameo at least would be nice
Tyrell Antonio on Jul 13, 2013
Robert Zemeckis accomplished something similar with major cartoon characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Maybe he could help negotiate with the stakeholders and studios to help merge the different superhero universes.
dandassow on Jul 13, 2013
"You've got three studios, they can just completely fairly and equally distribute both costs and profits, and there just won't be any greed involved at all, cause that would be silly right?
Andrew Geczy on Jul 13, 2013
It's not about the fans, it's about the shareholders.
cobrazombie on Jul 14, 2013
Ugh! Please no. Stop the madness. Hugh Jackman was the best thing about Bryan Singer's crappy take on the X-Men but that was then this is now. Now we have real Marvel films. Hugh needs to find a new gig.
Rpin on Jul 14, 2013
WORLD WAR HULK!
Chase Williams on Jul 15, 2013
I always thought it would have been cool to see(in avengers) hulk throw a couple of chitari through a wall of a bar in new York to spill the drink of man at the bar only for it to be wolverine and in sue rage.
skwash83 on Jul 16, 2013
Hugh knows a good thing when he reads the script . And he only has 10-15 years left , before he can only play the aging Logan of the Alternate Universe .... Which ain't good , because he's not short and squat . And he'd have to wear more fake hair ...
Dominic on Jul 17, 2013
If the studios were to bring avengers (strange, ant man, and panther), spidey, wolverine (and the x men crew), fantastic four, and guardians of the galaxy all together in one film to fight against Thanos or even better, Galactus....I would easily bet that movie would become the highest grossing movie EVER! Shattering every freakin' record! Everyones' minds would explode...globally!
JBrotsis on Jul 17, 2013
Hugh Jackman's Wolverine can't fight. I hate that. He's a clumsy brawler in the movies instead of a lightening precise killer in the comics.
kofybean on Apr 13, 2014
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