Hugh Jackman Dreams of Joining The Avengers and Fighting the Hulk as Wolverine

     May 20, 2014


In a perfect world, costumed heroes and villains would leap off of the pages of comic books fully realized in order to carry out their eternal struggles on movie screens, regardless of copyright issues.  The Avengers could welcome Wolverine and Spider-Man with open arms, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch could freely flaunt their mutant powers along with their heritage, and Deadpool could drop in anywhere he damn well pleases.  As it stands now, none of this is going to happen since various studios own the rights to different Marvel characters (and in some cases specific aspects of those characters).  That’s not stopping Hugh Jackman from dreaming, however.  In a recent interview for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jackman daydreamed about a future where Wolverine could join The Avengers and even fight the Hulk.  (Be careful what you wish for!)  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

The following video comes courtesy of IGN:


When Steve spoke to Jackman during press for The Wolverine last year, he had more or less the same end goal of teaming up all the Marvel superheroes:

“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.”

Here’s the official synopsis for X-Men: Days of Future Past:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

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  • blade

    question: what studio owns the rights of the marvel ultimate universe? you know, ultimate x-men, the ultimates, etc

    • Lex Walker

      It’s not separated like that. Fox owns the movie rights to all iterations of X-Men, F4, etc. Just as Sony does Spidey.

      • Random Bystander

        Though Sony doesnt own Miles Morales.

      • Lex Walker

        If Miles Morales can’t dress up as Spider-man (which he can’t – at least not on film), then who the hell cares?

      • Pk

        Why can’t he dress up as spidey?

      • joeybot

        He can if Sony picks up the rights to that character and then uses him in one of their movies.

      • Lex Walker

        He can’t dress up as Spidey if he appears in a non-Sony produced film. Miles Morales as normal everyday kid could show up in a Disney/Marvel movie, but he can’t dress up as Spidey, because Sony owns the movie rights to the costumed hero known as Spider-man.

      • Frank

        Some 800 characters in the X-men Universe. And the right to use the word “mutant.” It’s pretty remarkable. Truthfully, I’m not quite sure why Fox would choose a show like Gotham when they have such an immense X-men library that could be explored in long form. Even Fox 21 could produce and sell to a cable network. Star Trek is a great business model for something like this. If the tv show took off, a whole new set of mutants would have an established fan base for movies built later down the road.

      • Lex Walker

        The reason they chose a show like Gotham, is because Fox only has the X-Men movie rights. When Marvel sold off the movie rights to some of its biggest properties, the TV rights weren’t included. Marvel owns the TV rights for X-Men, Spidey, F4, etc. which is why they’re still churning out cartoons with those characters like there’s no tomorrow. They could do a live action TV show of X-Men or Spidey, but the effects budgets that those shows would require would probably make it unfeasible.

  • bidi

    i know i’ve mentioned on these boards plenty of times that i’m sick of Wolverine, but it’s so hard to be sick of Hugh Jackman. that man’s enthusiasm and genuine love for the character is so endearing

    • Mezmero

      I some what agree with but he is one the best characters and you can’t have X-MEN without him. This movie will be better because he’s in it. I think this movie will be the best we have seen of all the X-MEN.

  • Leo Spaceman

    It doesn’t even have to be a full movie that is considered part of either movie. Just do a one off marvel short of Wolverine tracking the Hulk.

    I want nothing more than to see Logan fight along side the Avengers, but I do have to admit that at this point, the universes really don’t mesh and it would take a lot of moving pieces to spin the two together and the amount of movies that would take would be outside the timeframe that Jackman wants to commit to the character so I am afraid that when Logan finally is an Avenger it will be a new actor which just seems so truly unfair.

    But if they do want to bring the characters together, I think the general public would eventually accept it, just like it is accepted in the comic world. When they need to blend, they do, when they don’t they just kind of exist in their own worlds. I am completely fine with that.

    Just give him one chance to be an Avenger.

    • pierce gibson

      Agreed. Especially damning are the two completely different treated Quicksilver characters from each upcoming film (DOFP and Ultron) one exists in the seventies and the other is being rewritten as not even being a mutant in the normal sense. I think if we ever do see any X-Men it will be years to come and rebooted to..well to boot.

    • Convoy

      The only one who could probably fit in with the MCU is Spider-Man. The X-Men, no way at all.

      • Lex Walker

        Yeah, there’s just way too much worldwide stuff happening in the X-Men movies for it to be feasible to cross that universe with the MCU without opening up a huge number of plotholes/inconsistencies.

      • Mezmero

        Why? It works as far as Wolverine goes he will just be a Miracle.

      • Lex Walker

        It’s not just the “How do we explain Mutants?” It’s the question that arguably plagues the standalone MCU films: “Why didn’t the Avengers show up to help solve the problem?” When Magneto and Phoenix were tearing apart the Golden Gate Bridge, why didn’t the Avengers or just Iron Man or Cap intervene? Or S.H.I.E.L.D.?

  • Georce Miller

    Just call him The Badger and make spoons come out. Sharp spoons.

  • Dmula

    Me to buddy… day

  • Logan

    Would love to see this happen one day. I’m not tired of Wolverine yet and neither Hugh Jackman.

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  • Brian James

    Never going to happen. Disney/Marvel studios does not need to give Fox any plugs at all. I hope Days of Future Past and Apocalypse fail miserably, as it’s time for this property to return home.

    • Merlin235

      It would be the best Fox property merged with the best Marvel property. I’d like to see it happen, and they’d both benefit from it. Profits would be huge, which is the problem.

      • Brian James

        Marvel’s profits already are, and they did it without their flagship characters. But you know all of this already.

  • Tom

    Good guy Hugh.

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  • Jon

    I don’t understand why they can’t split the cost of production and the split the profits. Even to get as granular as saying “Wolverine has x amount of screen time, Spiderman has x amount of screen time and they’re in these scenes which will require such and such amount of money in fx and actors’ payments. We’ll contribute that percentage of budget to the movie, and get that percentage back out….” Obviously I don’t understand the business, but this seems reasonable to me.

    • ResurrectRider

      Because that would make sense, and we all know that Hollywood plays out like a bad “Real Housewives” reality TV show.

    • Scurvy

      Part of the problem is deciding on the percentage.

      The major point is that Marvel would likely make less money on a crossover than an Avengers film. If Marvel can make 1.5 billion worldwide on Avengers, a crossover would have to gross well over 3 billion to make financial sense if they are splitting the money 50/50.

      Would you want to make 1.5 billion yourself or split what will likely also be around 1.5-2 billion with someone else.

    • Merlin235

      The problem is the debate about how much value Wolverine would bring to an Avengers movie. If the Avengers can gross $1.5 billion, do you really think Wolverine would bring in an additional $200 million? What person who won’t go see the Avengers WOULD go see an Avengers movie if only it had Wolverine in it? It just doesn’t make sense.

    • Mike

      well I have thought about this a lot. Don’t involve money at all. Trade
      out screen time. For Wolverine to appear in the last 15 mins of avengers
      3 to help fight Thanos then one of Marvels characters must appear in
      the 3rd Wolverine movie. For instance in Wolverine 3 how cool would it
      be if Logan ran into Banner and got into a fight with the Hulk that
      lasts 15 mins. How could this not work?

  • Bronson

    Other than Batman and Superman go at it this is the other duke-a-roo I want to see. Just to see the interaction with Logan and Banner would be fantastic. Both Jackman and Ruffalo are great actors and can pull this off.

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  • yrulaughing418

    If Fox and Marvel somehow made a deal to integrate the existing X-Men universe into the MCU, they’d still have to horribly retcon everything to explain why no one in the earlier MCU movies is aware that mutants exist

    In Fox’s movies, mutants are common knowledge among normal humans

  • Alan Castaneda

    I heard Hugh Jackman salivate when he mentioned fighting Hulk.

  • MJ

    Dude, you had your time. You are almost 50 now. Please take your check and go make some dramas.

    • Merlin235

      As long as he keeps getting more and more ripped, no one notices the wrinkles on his face. If you go back and look at his physique for the first movie and compare that with the last, it’s really amazing.

      • MJ

        That’s part of the problem. He looks like one of those “amazing old guy infomercials” now.

  • Merlin235

    The problem is Wolverine and the Avengers have the same target audience. Does anyone think there is $100 million worth of viewers out there that wouldn’t go see an Avengers movie, but WOULD see an Avengers/Wolverine movie? You can’t split the profits, it just doesn’t make any sense.

    Even if you lease your characters like a car, you won’t get the value back. Suppose Fox leases Wolverine to Marvel for $30 million. Well, then Marvel has to get $30 million worth of revenue for that. And again your at the same problem which is these movies are directed to the same target audience which is most likely already tapped out for the Avengers.

    No, the only thing that makes sense is for Marvel to lease their characters to Fox. Another Wolverine film won’t earn $700 million, but a Wolverine vs The Hulk/Iron Man movie? Yeah that just might. And that would make sense for Marvel if they aren’t currently utilizing their character.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Please. NO MORE WOLVERINE. Sigh.

  • Mike

    well I have thought about this a lot. Don’t involve money at all. Trade
    out screen time. For Wolverine to appear in the last 15 mins of avengers
    3 to help fight Thanos then one of Marvels characters must appear in
    the 3rd Wolverine movie. For instance in Wolverine 3 how cool would it
    be if Logan ran into Banner and got into a fight with the Hulk that
    lasts 15 mins. How could this not work? Hopefully the studios will read this

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