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?