After Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, which gave the production giant the rights to Marvel’s X-Men, fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the rag-tag group of super-powered mutants. But the most anticipated appearance is that of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The actor has played the super-mutant with the iconic adamantium claws across nine films and wrapped up his journey as Wolverine in 2017’s critically and commercially acclaimed Logan. But a recent report has raised the possibility that Jackman is going to reprise his role once again and will be soon making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Geekosity Mag has reported that Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, which is already teeming with confirmed and rumored news of many notable Marvel characters, will also feature Wolverine. As per the report, Patrick Stewart will also be making a comeback as Professor X and it is his involvement that convinced Jackman to ditch his former resolve to never play the Marvel character again.
Reportedly, it was Sam Raimi’s idea to include both the actors in Doctor Strange 2 as he wants his films to trump the chaos that will be witnessed in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But how does Marvel plan to make both Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman’s return look seamless? After all, both Wolverine and Professor X died in Logan. Will the Marvel Cinematic Universe ditch the storyline in the prior X-Men films and give them a fresh start? Well, no and yes.
The outlet has reported that according to its sources, the MCU will not be tampering with Logan or the way it ends Professor X and Wolverine’s story. Apparently, both Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman will be playing variants of their original character in the upcoming film. This makes the X-Men films’ characters part of the Sacred Timeline and retains their deaths, thus leaving their journey from 2000’s X-Men to 2017’s Logan intact.
The report also states that Wolverine and Professor X will have a limited presence in the film. At the same time, it raises the possibility that perhaps the extensive reshoots Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness went through was to give more screen time to Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Sounds too good to be true, right? Especially since Jackman has explicitly clarified that him reprising one of his most prominent roles to date is impossible.
Earlier this year, Hugh Jackman triggered rumors of his return as Wolverine when he shared Wolverine artwork on his Instagram story as well as posted a photo with Marvel boss Kevin Feige. But he was quick to shut down the speculations and stated that while playing Wolverine was “the role of a lifetime,” it is a part of his past now and he is done with it.
But again, actors initially denying their involvement is a common practice when it comes to the MCU. Thus, though it will be better to take this report with a grain of salt, here is hoping that the studio and Hugh Jackman are indeed in cahoots to plan Wolverine’s MCU debut.