Hugh Jackman Wants To Share The Screen With Iron Man & The Avengers

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Marvel movie fans had a lot to soak in this last week upon the news that Bryan Singer had cast Evan Peters as the mutant speedster Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, a character that just weeks before had been name-dropped by Joss Whedon as someone featured in his script for The Avengers 2. An exception to the rule, the brother-sister act of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch can technically be used by both Marvel Studios and Twentieth Century Fox, although we don’t quite yet know what it means for their appearances in both Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Is Fox simply using the character first because they can, and because they can use their parent (Magneto) or has the unlikely happened and both studios worked out an agreement to share characters as Fox’s Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar went on record hoping for in the past. Believe it or not, Hugh Jackman himself, hinted as such a possibility last fall while chatting with us on the set of The Wolverine last fall.

We traveled to Australia to visit the set of The Wolverine and in our conversations with Hugh Jackman, we asked about his thoughts on The Avengers and the idea of sharing continuity. Could the legal departments and leaders of Disney-Marvel and Fox work out some sort of deal so X-Men characters such as yourself show up in The Avengers series some day?

“You know, obviously we have people from—one of the great things about this movie is that a lot of people from Marvel are here and it seems a lot more inclusive than it has been in the past. I don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes, but I think it’s fantastic. I actually just asked the other day, I said, ‘I don’t know what the legal situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it possible?’ Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great. (laughs) There you go. There’s your quote. (Laughs)

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Hugh continued, reflecting on how well Kevin Feige treated him when they first met for his original X-Men audition – which took place after Bryan Singer had already started shooting.

“I think it’d be fantastic. I loved The Avengers. I love what they do with it. Kevin Feige, by the way, I can tell you is one of the true gentlemen of this business. And I say that from when he was on X-Men 1, and I don’t even know what his role was, officially, associate producer maybe? But, when I first auditioned for Bryan [Singer], Dougray [Scott] was playing the role. Bryan… I think I was sent there by the studio. I don’t think he even knew I was coming, and it was one of those auditions you walk out going, ‘Well, I know this isn’t happening.’ Instead of just putting me on a plane, I remember him taking me out, him and Tom DeSanto took me out for a restaurant because I had to stay overnight. It was too late. They took me out for dinner. I remember thinking, I go, ‘Well, I know I’m not in this movie, so you guys are true gentlemen.’ They were really nice. I know how busy they were. They were already filming at the time, and I know I really wasn’t doing it. I know what was going on behind the scenes. And within a week, all of a sudden the Dougray thing started to unravel. So then, I went back and did a real audition. But the first one, I don’t know what the first one was, maybe for the studio to see me more. I don’t know, or maybe they were anticipating what was coming. Who knows? But anyway, I just always remember Kevin and I have such a soft spot for him, and I’m in touch with him and I don’t know how I got onto that. But anyway, I’m basically really happy and proud of what he’s achieved. I think he’s making great movies. People love them. And consistency is incredible. So, who wouldn’t want to be involved with that?

High praise for the master at large of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon, despite appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s on Friday, has yet to address, let alone comment on the reality that one of the characters he’s very excited about introducing is going to show up on the big screen a year earlier, potentially outside his control. If by miracle, Fox and Marvel have worked out a deal to crossover certain characters – explained away by alternate realities and time travel elements featured in the Days of Future Past storyline, then it would be possible to involve Hugh Jackman in the MCU. But it’s sadly just unrealistic at this point. How cool would it be to see Logan show up in a flashback sequence in next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier though?

One thing’s for sure: X-Men film producer Lauren Shuler Donner would love an X-Men/Avengers crossover.

Stay tuned for our full interview with Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine set visit reports.

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The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you’d like to see Hugh Jackman appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

TAGS: the avengers 2, the wolverine, x-men days of future past

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  1. Legalities aside – he would be so simple to combine the 2 universes. Like Fury said in the Avenegers ” The world is filling up with people they cant match/control”. Shield is not anti-mutant and truth be told, you need a few of the mutants to deal with Thanos. Why not combine them all, I believe it can be done and under the right direction, a Phenomenal movie. The thought of a movie with the REAL FF4, Spiderman, X-Men and Avengers battling a common or Earth threatening enemy would be great, I think it would come close to breaking the $2 billion range. Now what studio wouldnt want a piece of that pie.
    I’m not here to rain on anyone’s parade or question their Marvel fandom, I just believe it can be done. It wold be easy considering who you would really have to pay and who you wouldn’t have to pay that much. SInce the FF4 is in reboot phase, you wont have to worry about paying that cast alot of money. replace Halle Berry as Storm and the rest of the X-men are fairly cheap, bring back the cast of the Avengers, Pay Downey Jr and you have yourself the world’s greatest movie.

    In fact, you can do a 2 part movie, like Quinton T’s Grindhouse and have people there for up to 4 hours. And no one would move out of their seats except for the intermission between acts. It can be done.

    Thats just my opinion

  2. I know I’m going to offend some people, so sorry beforehand, but let’s all be adults and stop crying about how move studios mess everything up and how whatever Marvel movie coming out will suck because it’s not JUST like the comics.

    Yes older hero movies sucked but after the success of The Avengers these movie companies have a better understanding of what works and doesn’t work.
    They’re still working out the kinks for the right formula but you can’t say that post Dark Knight super hero movies haven’t gotten better than before Dark Knight came out.
    Yes for every Iron Man there’ll be a Green Lanturn, but you can’t expect EVERY hero movie to be gold.
    It’s childish to do so.

    If Fox, Sony, and Disney got together tomorrow and said eff it, let’s put everyone in one movie you would ALL watch it.
    Anyone who says otherwise is saying it for the sake of arguing and will just beat around the bush to avoid the truth.

  3. I know I’m going to offend some people, so sorry beforehand, but let’s all be adults and stop crying about how move studios mess everything up and how whatever Marvel movie coming out will be bad because it’s not JUST like the comics.

    Yes older hero movies werent the best but after the success of The Avengers these movie companies have a better understanding of what works and doesn’t work.
    They’re still working out the kinks for the right formula but you can’t say that post Dark Knight super hero movies haven’t gotten better than  before Dark Knight came out.
    Yes for every Iron Man there’ll be a Green Lanturn, but you can’t expect EVERY hero movie to be gold.
    It’s childish to do so.

    If Fox, Sony, and Disney got together tomorrow and said eff it, let’s put everyone in one movie you would ALL watch it.
    Anyone who says otherwise is saying it for the sake of arguing and will  just beat around the bush to avoid the truth.

    • Of course everyone would watch a team-up of FOX, Sony, and Disney…

      … the same way everyone would run out-side to witness pigs flying…

  4. I wonder if Whedon and Team Avengers could just cast Evan Peters as Quicksilver in their movies as well, without ever “officially” having a crossover deal with Fox?

    Cast the same actor for the same character, don’t even address the “shared universe” between the two studios, and just let the audience infer their own connections?

    • Brings up so many holes though. Where were the X-Men during the attack on New York? Why have they nnneeeevvveeerrrr been mentioned up until this point?

      • During Ironman, where were the rest of The Avengers?

      • The attack on New York only lasted a few hours if that, Just like War Machine, how long would it take for him to fly into NY from where any of them were?

    • agreed.

      If Fox, Disney and Sony can’t make a deal, thaen this is EXACTLY how they should approach it.

  5. if the last four x films are anything to go by it would suck donkey balls if wolverine was in avengers.
    he was never a real avenger any way just added in for popularity sake
    quite recently

  6. Holes? By that logic where the heck were the Avengers when Tony’s house was taken out? (or the U.S. Military for that matter). It would be like Batman showing up in the new Superman film (or vice versa). Considering the crappy scripts that get promoted to the screen (read cheap), doing this plausibly, and limiting the non-title character assistance so every movie was not just Avengers or Justice League, would drive the writers crazy.

    Avengers was mediocre, yet did well. Joss Whedon is one of the best in Hollywood, but he just dumbed his usual down, and made a (Michael) Bay-type movie and it raked in the cash. So expect Fox and Disney to do whatever they can to replicate this as many times as possible in the smallest amount of time. If that means a cross-over mashup that makes no sense, then it might happen.

    Personally I doubt it will since Fox claims poverty when casting their actors/actresses, and Marvel tended to be a lot more reasonable (though they cheap out on just about everything else). Fox would have to improve the back-end for the actors, and that will not happen. Fox needs that money to buy new islands to moor their yachts to. It is hard to tell where Disney ends and Marvel starts, so I cannot tell if they are just buying A380′s from Airbus, or building a satellite system that can cause earthquakes. All that money has to go somewhere…

    • LMAO TY all for the great reads day in and day out. It’s nice to know you all are out there and I’m not the only one who loves movies so much

  7. Cyclops taken by Stryfe. Jean Greys body was somehow taken and resurrected by the Askani. Bishop grabs the professor before he explodes. Bishop tries to fix the past. But due to him meddeling around the X-men franchise was a big piece of garbage LOL

  8. Spiderman end credits clip of him and Mary Jane Watson or other character doing whatever in an area of NYC. Aliens from the Avengers appear. During a fight notices Iron-man falling from the sky and the numeros amount of Shield agents. Decides to go into hiding instaed of risking his identity being caught.

    Dared Devil movie end clip of him in the court house in an area of NYC defending Luke Cage and his “heros for hire” or whatever case against him. Iron fist shown in the back room as a member of an audience. Aliens barge in and takes out half the court room NYC. Luke breaks his handcuffs, pushes Matt Murdock and uses his body shield an attack on him. Iron fist comes from behind and team up to defend the court house. END CLIP.

    I.D.K. Bored. …

    • If I can add to that:

      Iron Man and Thor on the streets battling, energy drained and tired. Hulk On the roof getting Bombarded by Alien Jet Ski Blasters, Cap just blasted out of a window from an explosion, through all of what appears to be smoke, is really a fog, as the Mist clears, Cyclops Wide Beams a group of aliens, Storm Brings down the Lightning, taking out a few dozen aliens at the same time re-energizing Thor and IM. Wolverine jumps into the action near CAP and does Some Slicing and dicing. IM gets the word that a Nuclear missile is headed towards the city, does his thing to take the missile in space and after all of that has transpired, the X-men fade away into the fog they came with, leaving Nick Fury to ask the question ” Who the f&*K were those folks in his django voice”. I know its lame, but I’m bored too

  9. Fantastic Four didn’t make much money and The X-Men didn’t make much money so is incredible that The Avengers 6 members with 2 of them with NO Powers made Over $1.5 Billion….

    • Not incredible at all. That’s the Whedon magic. He’s a terrific writer (especially regarding dialogues) and good director who knows what he’s doing. FF was way too cheesy and the X franchise was just a mess, even before Michael Bay screwed it up into orbit.

  10. joining them in all one massive epic trilogy or more would be the thing to do. Start with X-Men, spiderman, and a few others before getting to the point with Avengers.

    Both teams have crossed over in comic’s why not film. The film companies do need to merge, it’s now a film universe and all parties need to realize that.

  11. If they were going to plan on doing future team up movies with characters like Wolverine and the X-Men, Spiderman and other heroes..They need to do the teasers like they did for the Avengers movie. Each newer movie they need to have a teaser or a line stating the information to the audience that they are aware of such forces out there. They should do an entire S.H.I.E.L.D. movie where they have Fury be the new force that brings these rolls into the world. I’d love to see them use like Frank Castle in cameo rolls where he’s like a cop or even a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent or something at least tease that name.

    They could do it, it can be done. And, since there are stars like Jackman who express their interest in doing movies, they should definitely consider possibilities. Nick Fury could be talking to Stark about the world, and mention Professor X’s’ school, or they could be preparing for battle and see an intense storm forming in the distance, and Stark could look at the weather and be like, weird…There’s no storm today.. and Fury be like, believe me.. Not the first time that’s happened around here. Just something like that.

    If they start doing those cross over team ups with other people, they need to tease the ideas, like having a guy with glasses take pictures with other reporters and all we see in his press badge is the name Parker on it, or stuff like that.. It can happen, will it happen? That’s the real million dollar question.

  12. I’d like Wolverine in the Incredible Hulk 2 (I really do think it would make a great story line, the two of them pitting off against each other). It’s happened in the comics before, and I think it would make a great film (you could even call it Hulk v Wolverine – making it on some kind of par with Batman v Superman (not that Marvel isn’t already ages ahead of DC)).

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