The idea of Wolverine joining the MCU is a pretty exciting prospect and it seems it could be happening a lot sooner than any of us expected.
With the upcoming Fox/Disney merger, MCU fans are on tenterhooks about the possibility of the X-Men and Fantastic Four joining the world’s highest-grossing franchise. With Charles Xavier’s gifted youngsters just around the corner, everyone is waiting to see when Wolverine will arrive and who will be playing him.
Speaking at 2019’s Television Critics Association panel (via CinemaBlend), X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner explained what’s going on with those marvellous mutants. Donner revealed one of the main reasons Hugh Jackman is done with playing Wolverine.
She confessed, “Just to bulk up, this man works so hard to bulk up and would get up at 4 in the morning to bulk up and eat protein meals every two hours because his natural state, they used to call him Worm when he was a kid, so his natural state is a very skinny guy.”
Donner continued, “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.’ Now, that doesn’t mean he can’t come back as older Wolverine, you never know.”
With Jackman ready to pass the torch, Donner went on to tease how Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is looking to recast the 50-year-old with a younger actor to play Wolverine. She admitted, “I don’t know what Kevin’s thinking honestly. I don’t even think Kevin knows. I think Kevin’s still dealing with this wealth of characters and trying to make sense of them.”
Jackman famously played the clawed Canadian from 2000’s X-Men to 2017’s Logan and bowed out in style with James Mangold’s noir Western. While some fans say that no one can replace the muscular might of Jackman, let’s remember how the likes of Batman’s Christian Bale and James Bond’s Daniel Craig have managed to win over their critics.
With hundreds of potential characters joining the already supersized roster of MCU favourites, the X-Men and Fantastic Four are big news for Phase 4 of the MCU and beyond. Whatever happens with Wolverine, it sounds like it could be a case of M-see-you-soon.