Hugh Jackman Wants Wolverine to Join ‘Avengers’

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009)

Could another superhero be joining the already super-sized Avengers team? Maybe if Hugh Jackman had a say in it.

The “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star told IGN that he would love to see a crossover between “X-Men” and “The Avengers.” Jackman said his dream superhero movie would involve Wolverine appearing in a future “Avengers” pic.

“I would love to see him as part of ‘The Avengers,'” Jackman told IGN. “Because there’s a great dysfunction among that team, and I think Wolverine would fit right into that. He’d like that.”

What’s more? The clawed mutant wants to battle a certain angry green giant.

“There’s no doubt he’d get in a fight with Hulk at some point,” he said. “Those two bad, rage-filled characters are going to square off at some point. It would be quite fun. I don’t know how much fun to shoot it would be, because I’m sure I’d be on the worst end of it, but hey, he can heal.”

Jackman said the same thing last year after “The Avengers” hit theaters, and we can’t deny that “Avengers vs. X-Men” would make for an epic bigscreen adaptation. The only flaw in his plan? Fox still retains the rights to the “X-Men” characters (and “The Fantastic Four”), while Disney/Marvel have control of “The Avengers.” Even Wolverine’s adamantium claws might not be strong enough to cut through studio red tape.

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  1. Craig Bramble says:

    Wolverines best chances at getting onto the Avengers would be to go through Director Coulson at S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m pretty sure they could always utilize a “Weapon X” in the efforts of containing a rampaging Hulk somewhere. But he might have some difficulty sniffing them out at the moment ;)

  2. Not happening, go sit at the corner, SHOOOSH!

  3. NO! says:



  4. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to see it but will never happen due to the rights issue.

  5. Kevin says:

    Technically, Wolverine is an Avenger

  6. tony says:

    Come Marvel and Fox!!! Work out your petty licensing and contract issues and give us fans what they want to see. Get over your studio ego’s. Put Wolverine and Spiderman in Avengers part 3!! Here’s a link to an image of Spiderman and Wolverine fighting the vicious tyrant Thanos alongside the Avengers Team. Come to some sort of an agreement between the studios and the actors and make this happen for us!

  7. Joe says:

    It would be the biggest movie of all time. Split it 50/50 and it would still be the highest grossing film for both studios.

  8. Fox still retains the rights to the “X-Men” characters (and “The Fantastic Four”), while Disney/Marvel have control of “The Avengers-
    Same thing happened with a proposed crossover Star Trek / Doctor Who Movie. Crossovers like this never seem to be able to cut through red tape. Imagine a Star Trek vs, Star Wars movie. Paramount vs. Disney. Never happen. And this is so sad that the studio’s are so obsessed with competing with instead of cooperating with one another to entertain fans. It has to cut into their bottom line. But they can;t see the forest for the trees.

    • isaac says:

      I’m 99.999999999% certain no one wants to see a Star Wars / Star Trek crossover.

      I’m also fairly certain a Dr. Who / Star Trek cross over makes little sense. Dr. Who is Science-Fiction Fantasy, Star Trek is Science-Fiction. There’s very little in Dr. Who based on understood physics; it’s all that wonderful, hypothetical “Douglas Adams” science.

      Conversely, while much of Star Trek is hypothetical and can be whimsical (especially the original show as our understanding of science was lesser at that time) it tries to ground much of it’s science-fiction in real possibility, if such hypothetical situations arise.

      Don’t see it mixing. It would break Star Trek’s cannon if all of a sudden the doctor comes barreling through space in a time machine shaped like a British telephone box with little scientific rationalization.

  9. hjames78 says:

    of course he would like that, to be part of the biggest and best cinamatic universe around plus his character does belong there but….sorry Hugh you get no say in the matter and it will be a cold day in hell before FOX gives Xmen back to Marvel!

  10. robert martin jr says:

    He is already a Avenger in the comics and kicking butt!

  11. bitter trekkie says:

    Jackman wants to join the winning team, why not? To merge the teams, they should opt for the Evan Peters Quicksilver, clearly the superior actor.

  12. doodads says:

    High Jackman better lay off the growth hormone, looked like his belly is swelling up from organ growth in Days Of Future Past.

  13. Matthew says:

    i dont think they could pull of a complete x-men/avengers mash up live action movie. but maybe and hulk vs wolverine situation featuring shield and maybe cameos from a couple of either/both teams characters.

  14. Gotta love Hugh Jackman’s enthusiasm for portraying this character. In any of the Marvel properties, you can completely tell who gets it and who doesn’t, and it shows in their performances.

  15. daniel says:

    co production. it happens all the time. It would be a major project but xmen versus avengers is something the people want to see!

  16. Matt Newman says:

    If Avengers 2 is anywhere near as successful as the first one then Fox may want to enter some kind of co-production deal with Disney/Marvel to license out Wolverine for 3 because quite frankly money talks.

  17. titto says:

    avengers: iron man, thor, cap. america, hulk, hawkeye, black widow, black panther, war machine, falcon, dr. strange

    x-men: wolverine, cyclops, storm, jean grey, beast, shadowkat, gambit, ice man, colossus, deadpool

    an avengers v. x-,men showdown would be awesome, but it will never happen, but i would love to see wolverine in an avengers movie, hugh jackman should have a contract with disney/marvel

  18. Guillaume Labelle says:

    With two Quicksilvers, it would be kinda hard to fix though

  19. Solution is to have both studios participate in production and distribution. It has been done before successfully.

  20. Jacques Strappe says:

    So Disney, dig into your marvelously deep pockets and buy the X-Men rights for a couple bazillion dollars. It would be nice to have all the Marvel characters under one Marvel studio but Sony could keep Spidey.

  21. John says:

    Don’t know that it would be worth it to either studio to make the concessions it would take to get this to happen, but I’d love to see Wolverine and Hulk mix it up like in the comics. Still, if Jackman’s down to keep playing Logan, they need to forget the Avengers and get an Alpha Flight movie made.

  22. Geo says:

    It looks like most people, including Hugh Jackman, would like to see Wolverine in an Avengers film. And I think it can be possible. I know two different studios own rights and what not. But I also see leverage on Hugh Jackman’s behalf. He could negotiate starring in additional future movies for Fox as long as they let him do a movie with the Avengers. And that is by releasing the Wolverine character for that film. It wouldn’t be permanent or anything. Just one movie (or two, lol) and it would help promote their character even further. Hugh Jackman is a big enough star to make this request. And I don’t think the studios are ready to reboot the Wolverine character any time soon.

  23. therealeverton says:

    Well now that everyone can SEE the two universe are separate and any mixing would be some kind of dimension jump (Like having the current Star Trek guys meet the original ones). It isn’t so hard to do.

    The third Avengers film finally ties up the plot-line first dangled in Thor,doubled in The Avengers and now raised by Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Age of Ultron. So the end of Avenger 3 Infinity Wars could easily have some X-Men slip through to the MCU. Having the two different Quicksilvers would be cool.

    The X-Men are a long, long way from being let go by Fox. They just had their biggest international film with The Wolverine and Days of Future Past could double the standard $400m or so for their films.

  24. therealeverton says:

    You last two guys never saw Prisoners then? Amongst others. Not tto mention his stage work.

  25. Chris says:

    Can’t we all just get along for a few big collaborated movies.

  26. Omar Mohamed says:

    That would be awesooooooooooooooooooooome

  27. Kevin says:

    Unfortunately, as most people know, Marvel does not own the rights to making the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four films. Those rights were bought up by Fox and Sony. In all honesty, I don’t think the Avengers need Spider-Man or Wolverine. Wolverine is a fan favorite of X-Men and I think it’s best to keep him there to keep the fan base. Spidy is great on his own, and Marc Webb is doing a good job with this new series so I’m okay with them keeping him separate from the Avengers. Keeping those two off of the A-Team will allow other cool characters to show their faces like Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Dr. Strange and the list goes on. As for Hugh, be thankful for what you’ve gotten out of the X-Men, bub. I’m sure he’s gotten a heft paycheck from being in all of those films.

  28. Tobias says:

    At some point, this gentleman was a fine actor with a versatile range. Now he is just another person loaning out his face.

  29. jen says:

    I want Hugh to focus on getting better film roles . He has the talent to be on par with Denzel Washington , Michael Fassbender , and Matthew McConaugney . But , he seems to be only concerned about another Wolverine project . His handlers are not doing him any favors .

    • Geo says:

      No offense, Jen . But you’re talking out of your ass. Not only was Hugh nominated for an oscar for Les Miserables but he also starred in the box office hit The Prisoners. I think it’s cool of him going back to the franchise that made him an international movie star. It seems like he’s doing it himself as much as he’s doing for his fans. We fans read into that and realize he’s the genuine article.

  30. Michael says:

    Remember how much of a fight Fox put up when the avengers wanted quicksilver? They originally wanted him in the first avengers but just barely got the rights to him and the scarlet witch in the second one. And quicksilver is a fairly unknown character to anyone who doesn’t read the comics. Imagine how much of a legal battle they’d get in over their main mutant breadwinner.

  31. marcos says:

    third movie of hulk

  32. sean says:

    Wolverine and spiderman are part of avengers in comic but Sony will never release rights to Spidey but fox might do it with wolverine. But there is a downside sometimes of having TOO many characters in a movie. Fantastic Four can stay on their own….

  33. Reality says:

    I don’t want Marvel/Disney getting anywhere near a deal with FOX. Let FOX falter and the rights will eventually revert. Disney/Marvel are doing great on their own, no need to prop up a group of leaches.

    • Agreed. I suspect that Fox and Sony will both lose the rights they have to their Marvel properties within a decade. Sony definitely seems to be on the fast track to doing so.
      The quicker the better, I say!

      • Which is fine, but while Spider-Man 2 may not have been doing well commercially, Fox doesn’t seem to be having to same complaints. X-Men and Wolverine have still been pulling in quite a bit of money for Fox. I guess we’ll have to see how Gambit and X-Force do, but Days of Future Past was actually a pretty brilliant move for both storytelling and financial reasons.

  34. bsbarnes says:

    Marvel has a unique situation with their live action movies that prevents them from combining franchises like X-Men and The Avengers; or Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four; which has spread the wealth over several studios. Hugh Jackman must be aware of this and his remarkable success as Wolverine has perhaps persuaded him that this situation might be altered to his favor, but, the competing studios would never allow it. If the Marvel Universe has not made it to the big screen completely intact, at least it has proven to be a remarkable box office juggernaut!

    • Geo says:

      Lol. We were just talking about how SONY is screwing up the Spider-Man franchise. None of us went to see those movies. That said, I believe Fox is showing much promise for Xmen. They messed up with the Last stand but bounced back with First class. And now they’re combining both to come up with this new installment. Of which we are going to watch at the theater!

  35. Richard Franks says:

    I would pay top dollar to see Hugh with The Avengers as Wolverine! Hugh with Robert Downey Jr. together would equal HUGH dollar signs at the Box Office!

  36. If the morons at the studios and their legal teams could step back and see the incredible amount of money they’d stand to make by allowing the Marvel Universe characters to appear in these “Team” films it’d have happened yesterday.

    Surely some formula could be devised to compensate based on a per appearance basis for those characters licensed to other studios.

  37. David Fraser says:

    come on disney and fox put your differences aside for the fans and make this the 3rd avengers movie in 2017 an xmen v avengers going against thanos to bookend the 1st trilogy(it work for towering inferno when 2 movie studios and 2 great hollywood stars got together)

  38. Blonde, blue-eyed Jesus says:

    “Jackman said the same thing last year after “The Avengers” hit theaters…”

    The Avengers was released in 2012. Don’t know why that’s so hard for Variety to remember. It’s only the biggest domestic grosser of all time.

    • doodads says:

      It doesn’t say “when the Avengers hit theaters” it says “after the Avengers hit theaters” so, you know….

  39. Christian says:

    not a thematic or technical hurdle, just an ownership and rights one.

  40. Fre says:

    Those are two very separate universes and splicing them together, I’m afraid would take away what little blurred lines there are left.

    There’s been enough cannibalism within the Comic Universe, even as it still continues.
    You lose that, ‘Special’ something when you make the special far too common.

    • s0krat3s says:

      They are not separate universes at all. There are (essentially) only two universes, the DC Universe, and the Marvel Universe. X-Men, Spiderman, Avengers, they all originally took place in the same universe. If they can crossover in the comics then they should be allowed to crossover on film.

      • Alex Ball says:

        I believe what Fre was getting at is what was mentioned by writers and the production staff at Marvel studios that the Avengers and their related movies are in a separate “universe” from the other studios’ marvel character movies (like the X-men, FF, Spider-man, etc). Not only are the rights owned by other companies, but it would be incredibly difficult to synch up different studios producing numerous movies at the same time and make them all cannon. Marvel and DC comics both have had trouble keeping their own universes in order and have eventually had to go back to rebooting their universes to remove all the inconsistencies.

        An easy way to cannonize the various franchise movies is to do what they did with Days of Future Past and combine the old movies with the new ones. With some projects like the Toby Spider-man and the new “British” Spider-man and the FF movie franchises it might be better to just reboot them when the time comes rather than add in all the mistakes/errors/or just overall terrible choices (think Venom and the Emo dance scene Spider-man movie).

        I’m still hoping they reboot FF, and have written a treatment for Four movies (get it lol) with character cross overs (Spider-man, She Hulk, Daredevil, etc) and accounting for independent movies made later (like a silver surfer/galactus movie, Future Foundation, etc). There is so much that can be done but unfortunately Hollywood is not set up to run that kind of a series/anthology. Here’s hoping they learn from the Avengers franchise and realize that if you plan out a universe and lock in some actor contracts you can have a franchise that would have a new movie released every couple months and satisfy both fan boys and the box office.

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