Does The MCU Really Need A Wolverine? Here’s What’s Happening


It is now official that the X-Men are slowly making their way to the MCU and this transition will be managed by Kevin Feige, who will come a full circle after 2000’s movie, X-Men.

As all the fans know, Hugh Jackman has now hung up his claws after James Mangold’s Logan. Although Jackman had said he never thought he would see the day that the X-Men would be in the MCU, he has said,

“I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else, I would like to see Wolverine in there.”

Lauren Donner had also confirmed that Jackman is out of this role:

“I think he was wise to say, ‘I’m at that point. I can’t do it,'” she had said.

“Now, that doesn’t mean he can’t come back as older Wolverine. You never know. Future Wolverine, you never know.”

It is best to go with the “never say never” attitude in the entertainment industry, but we can safely assume that Hugh Jackman is done with playing the role of Wolverine. It was a pretty impressive and unprecedented 17-year run that he had,

Recasting as we know, is part and parcel for all superhero movies. But, this one will be the trickiest ones ever. How can we replace someone who has been universally loved as a character? While it is unlikely that we will see any X-Men film before 2022 in the MCU, it is too soon after Logan. He has made appearances in nine films across two decades, so it is not like we have been starved of the superhero on the silver screen.

Almost every crucial element of Logan’s history has been covered in previous movies, and the movie, Logan had given the best conclusion for this character. The MCU has shown the fans that it does not like to regurgitate origin stories, so what is really left here for us? It will take a remarkable script to actually create interest as the most popular storylines from the comics have been explored.

One major question is, where will all this leave Laura Kinney, who was played by Dafne Keen in the movie, Logan? This movie had been a passing of the torch for a new mutant to carry on Logan’s legacy.

X-23 could be the Wolverine of the MCU. The fans have seen Marvel focus more X-23 in the comic books, and has also considered her to be the only Wolverine. Marvel Studios has shown that it is surely willing to skip timelines as it had chosen to focus on Scott Lang as Ant-Man instead of Hank Pym.

While it will surely be welcomed, it is unlikely. Logan transcends the genre and is in the very same category of pop culture icons like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. So, there is no way that Marvel and Disney would ignore the financial rewards of putting the character on the silver screen.

There is no doubt that Kevin Feige understands this character since he had played a part in Jackman’s journey as Wolverine. It is possible that he may have a great idea about how exactly to include him into the MCU.


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