Sebastian Stan says that he has talked to Hugh Jackman about potentially playing Wolverine once again, this time under the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a possible Avengers/X-Men crossover. The 39-year-old actor plays Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s (Steve Rogers) long-lost friend, who was apparently weaponized by Hydra. But as he regains his consciousness – with the help of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in Wakanda – he is gearing up to fight alongside his best buddy come Avengers: Infinity War.
The rights to the mutants and the Fantastic Four coming back to Marvel Studios in a little bit over a year from now – thanks to to the Disney/Fox deal – creates a lot of storytelling possibilities for Kevin Feige and his cohorts in the company. It opens up a lot of print narrative to finally be adapted to the big screen without feeling like both Fox and Marvel are scaling down considering that they are hampered by the great character divide. Among the slew of possibilities, perhaps the most popular one is seeing Jackman’s Wolverine rubbing elbows with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and maybe even the Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, there is just one caveat to this, the Oscar-nominated actor has already walked away from his iconic role last year, via the critically acclaimed Logan.
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Appearing at the Ace Comic-Con panel (via We Got This Covered) with Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Stan shared – perhaps a bit too much – when it comes to alleged talks of Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine in the MCU. And despite the 49-year-old being adamant about hanging up his Adamantium-claws, his recent conversation with the Romanian-American actor sings a different tune when it comes to the matter:
“Recently I happened to be sitting next to Hugh Jackman. I didn’t know what other awkward thing I could talk about but to be like, ‘Am I going to see you soon?’ He said a couple of things to me and I’ll just leave it at that. Otherwise, I feel like I’m going to get into trouble with somebody.
I asked him though because I kept thinking whether or not Logan was supposed to be the last Wolverine thing or whatever and he said to me he’s been thinking about it and it’s been on his mind. So, I don’t know, he may be.”
Judging by Stan’s story, it seems like there might be conversations happening behind closed doors to try and cajole Jackman out of his superhero retirement to reprise Wolverine under the MCU. Obviously, the actor did not say anything concrete about it but the fact that he is openly talking about the possibility is a good indication that Feige and his team are working their magic to turn this fan-clamored scenario into fruition. The idea of the Australian actor’s version of the claw-wielding mutant engaging in banter with Tony Stark, sharing war stories with Steve Rogers and Bucky, as well as scuffling with Hulk have long been the dream for many Marvel loyalists. Thor actor, Chris Hemsworth, himself happens to also be on board with this campaign, revealing that he’ll reach out to his fellow Aussie himself to convince him to un-retire.
Shall Jackman decide to return for at least a couple more films as Wolverine, what makes his comeback tricky is the manner in which it would make sense narratively for both the MCU and Logan’s personal story. His send-off project directed by James Mangold is regarded as one of the best superhero films of all time and is a perfect swan song for the character. Bringing him back from the dead could undermine that brilliantly-told story. Of course, there is always the option for a time-travel subplot that would see the mutant back in his heyday. At this point though, most fans are unlikely to care about how exactly this comes to fruition, just as long as it does.
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Source: We Got This Covered