Disney Would Cast New Wolverine Actor For MCU/Fox Merger. Hugh Jackman would be replaced with a younger actor who would better fit the role of ‘Wolverine’ if the character were to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
According to Disney and Kevin Feige, executive producer of Marvel Studios, Hugh Jackman would not take up the mantle as Logan, aka Wolverine, should Marvel Studios decide to bring the character into the MCU.
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
How could an actor who has been the staple for such an iconic role be replaced? Franchise Producer Lauren Shuler Donner elaborated during a recent panel with Television Critics Association: “Hugh, just the physicality of it all, just to bulk up… This man worked so hard to bulk up, would get up at four in the morning to bulk 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. Once you reach a certain age, the body just won’t go anymore. 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. Future Wolverine, you never know.”
There you have it folks. Jackman hung up his claws at the end of Logan and wished to pursue new roles and continue growing in his craft without the time and physical restraint his previous role would put on him. He is currently performing in “The Man. The Music. The Show. Hugh Jackman World Tour 2019.” He is performing pieces from his major roles in Broadway Style Productions including The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables, The Boy from Oz, and more! It has not been ruled out that Jackman could reprise his role to portray an older Logan again, but the likelihood of that happening is rather slim with both the actor and the studio going in different directions creatively.
“I don’t know what Kevin [Fiege]’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.” Donner stated, when pressed for insight in regards to why the decision was made by Marvel Studios Executive Producer, Kevin Feige.
With so many questions still up in the air in regards to the Fox/Disney Merger, and how that will translate between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 20th Century Fox Films, we are keen to hear Kevin Feige’s plans for these two very different worlds to collide in a way that is both satisfying to fans and respectful of the stories and characters involved.
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