The picture is still murky, but things look to be clearing up. Of course, we are talking about the possibility of finally seeing two of Marvel’s favorite comic book (and screen) characters share time on the big screen together. Hulk Vs. Wolverine: One movie, two big stars.
To get to this point, where Marvel is finally beginning to hint that Hulk Vs. Wolverine could actually happen, the road has been difficult, to say the least. Neither of these properties was in Marvel’s full control and it was only recently that Hulk finally become a full-fledged member of Marvel Studios.
In the past, which is why we have not seen a stand-alone Hulk movie since the 2008 Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk, the character of Hulk has been under the watchful eye (and control) of Universal. They did nothing at all with the character and this is the reason (Universal’s control of Hulk) we’ve only seen Hulk (the Mark Ruffalo version) in fairly minor roles in The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok because Marvel was allowed to use Hulk, just not as a stand-alone. Pretty much how Marvel had to deal with Sony and Spider-Man.
The same can be said for Wolverine, though Marvel basically had zero control with Wolverine and the X-Men until Disney bought Fox. Now that both comic book giants are under one roof, one control, the possibilities open up for a big-screen Hulk Vs. Wolverine matchup.
Hulk Vs. Wolverine In Comics
Hulk Vs. Wolverine has already happened on the pages of Marvel comics. The history of the Hulk vs Wolverine dates back some 56 years when Wolverine made his appearance at the end of The Incredible Hulk comic #180. It happened in the last panel, which set up The Incredible Hulk #181 beautifully and history was born.
Since their very first meeting, the ensuing 56 years has produced many a dust-up between Big Green and Claws. They clash again and in their next battle, Wolverine literally guts Hulk, leaving his innards spilled out on the floor. Thanks to Hulk’s ability to regenerate, the Big Green Fighting Machine is able to continue his “Hulk smash” ways.
Another meeting has Hulk smashing Wolverine’s bone claws to dust (Magneto had ripped out Logan’s Adamantium skeleton) after Wolverine used those bone claws to gouge out Hulk’s eyes.
There was also the World War Hulk series in which Hulk not only does in Wolverine but also the rest of the X-Men crew.
Another time Old Man Logan pulled an Alien chest-burster move on Hulk in a story that saw Hulk’s family get taken out by Wolverine setting up an ultimate showdown between the two that ended when Hulk devouring (as in eating) Old Man Logan. But that wasn’t truly the end. Old Man Logan had the final laugh when he burst out of Hulk, leaving the giant in ruins.
Making Hulk Vs. Wolverine PG-13
The history of Hulk Vs. Wolverine has been violent, gory, emotional, and ultimately a good read. This means there is plenty here to fall back on in terms of crafting a Hulk vs Wolverine storyline. The catch is that for all its glorious violence and gore, Marvel is under the Disney umbrella and anything more than a PG-13 movie will likely not be tolerated (right, Deadpool?).
Right now, a Hulk/Wolverine paring mostly rumor and speculation. Marvel president Kevin Feige has not officially announced the two teaming up in a future movie, though things are definitely leaning in that direction. With Wolverine and the X-Men for that matter, still not having appeared in the MCU, chances are that fans would see a Hulk stand-alone movie before they’d get the one they truly wish for: Hulk vs. Wolverine.
Would we also need to see an X-Men reboot first? Maybe not.
The Plot Of Their Movie Battle
Mark Ruffalo would love to see Hulk and Wolverine meet up eventually. Ruffalo shared the story at the Tokyo Comic-Con, telling fans that Feige had asked him whether he had any ideas for future Hulk stories, since Marvel now fully owned the rights. Ruffalo told Feige, “’Yeah, I think there is still some stories to tell.’” So Feige invited Ruffalo over to share his ideas to see if they may fit into the MCU. “Hulk versus Wolverine! I’d like to see that. Hulk versus Wolverine.”
What would a Hulk vs Wolverine movie even look like? We know the entire line-up for Marvel’s Phase 4 and Phase 5 is already in the works, so when could we even see a match up between the two?
It’s almost a given (or is it?) that Hugh Jackman will not be returning as Wolverine (at least not for more than a cameo). By the time Hulk Vs. Wolverine is ready to start filming, would Ruffalo still want to be part of it? Mark Ruffalo could by then be entering his late 50’s. True, his role as Bruce Banner wouldn’t be as physically demanding as say Jackman’s role as Wolverine, so it is possible.
Although Hugh Jackman has stated on numerous occasions that Logan was the last time he’d be playing Wolverine, he has left the door open for another turn. He said this, via Cosmic Book News, “The Avengers would prove too much to turn down. Because I always love the idea of him [Wolverine] within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there are a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out. You never know. At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last [about Logan]. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character].” Maybe? Possibly?
The idea of Hulk Vs. Wolverine is tantalizing. Seeing two comic book legends on the screen together, two who have such a violent history, gets the juices flowing. Let’s hope Marvel and Kevin Feige are able to put something together sooner rather than later. Even though the Hulk and Wolverine can live forever via the comic books, Marvel’s audience isn’t getting any younger and neither are their actors.