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.


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

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  1. Of course he does… who doesn’t??

    That being said, please don’t let this happen.

  2. Not that I don’t like Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine, but throwing the X-Men in with the Avengers would really muddle everything up and no amount of alternate universe or time travel explanations would make it any less confusing for the average moviegoer.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Ronnie.

      • I’m afraid I have to agree as well. What works in the comics (or sometimes does not work) does not necessarily work on the Big Screen. keep ’em separate.

  3. 1) i thought he was done play Wolverine…

    2) If the Wolverine character came over to play a little i wouldn’t mind just as long as it wasn’t a misguided poorly written Wolverine movie masquerading as an Avengers movie.

    • I guess a cameo would work, but I’d much rather see a Spider-Man cameo instead. I still want a full reboot of the X-Men.

  4. id love to see wolverine in captain america 3 or maybe just a cameo in avengers 3.

    lets not get paperwork get in the way of some good movies

    • Just put Nick Fury at the end of The Wolverine. :)

  5. Come to think about it, I recall “Agent M” (twitter handle) going out on the set and was all up in the business of Wolverine and I don’t recall him being involved in prior Fox films…

      • Friendly coincidence or do you think the relationship could be more?

        • I think for fans and the future of the franchises there are very cool things that can be done if they work together (and easy ways to make it work within the currently planned stories).

          Unfortunately that involves big business and legal decisions that are made by people above the pay grades of everyone I interviewed and they won’t let me run the Marvel Cinematic Universe 😉

          • You need to get on the bus and go make that happen Rob 😉

  6. I’m just going to go ahead and get this some point in the years down the road, we will see The Avengers / X-men crossover on screen right along with the fantastic four in some capacity. As I mentioned last week billions of dollars is on the table when it concerns the Avengers or anything avenger related (Iron man 3) and fox wants a slice of that pie. It hasn’t gotten there yet, but fox wants to dance but Marvel hasn’t asked them — yet.

  7. *gasp*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. This won’t work.

    For me, I thought the Avengers was good because it was tight, compact and had only a hand full of characters paving the way. More importantly, it was single characters from single films coming together.

    If they bring in Fox’s bunch, they’ll have FAR too much explaining to do in terms of how they are there, how ten or so characters from each side interact with each other individually, and the film would just be to bloated and unfocused, I think.

    • Yes, but Wolverine is already an Avengers from time to tome. Spiderman does encounter Thanos at one point with the Fantastic Four.

      Why not let Fox, Sony, and Disney cross over. It’s not like Logan is going to become a permanent member of the Avengers. *shrugs*

    • Yeah, as fantasy-fantastic as a big meeting of the heroes and villains might be, I am frankly still trying to sort out the muddle that is the whole rewritten X-men franchise and it’s spin-offs. Kind of a mess. They should have just stuck to doing it more like in the early comics of the 60s and 70s. Better not to confuse the issue.

  9. I’d like to see this happen. However, I don’t think that it will happen.

    • Just so you know, I apologized to you on the other thread but the comment was still awaiting moderation.

      Regardless of whom you may or may not be, there is no point in attacking you because nothing will come from it. I’ll admit I can get pretty pig-headed at times. My bad man. I’m here for comic discussions, not tit for tats that lead to nothing but hard feelings.

      • Well, that’s nice of you to apologize. I’m sure that it wasn’t easy.

        But, I don’t accept your apology. It’s really low of you to accuse me of not being who I claim to be. How would you have liked it if you had the guys to post under your real name, and then I claimed that you were not posting under your real name? I’ve been called some bad things, but no one before has ever accused me of lying about who I am.

        • ^ guts

        • He’s not really a Doctor and his name isn’t Mindbender.

          • Dentists are technically still doctors… jerk.

            • At least he’s not a chiropractor!

          • Re-read what I wrote, luther.

            • Even if the apology isn’t accepted, guys, lets still all get along and admit as movie and comic book fans, things can get heated and we all say things we regret.

              As for the article, I’d like to see it happen but only when Fox has their house in order with coherent continuity and plotlines.

              I’d liken it to an abstract artist wanting to work with a renowned landscape artist in collaboration. One has work that’s all over the place, the other has clean and well-thought-out brush strokes that make sense to the overall picture.

              • I don’t get along with people who make ad-hominem attacks and have the audacity to accuse me of not being who I claim to be. That’s indefensible and unforgivable in my book.

                • @ Justin

                  This is clearly none of my business Justin, and I totally hear you on this, but being mad at him isn’t going make what he said any better. He apologized. I’ve read your posts for some time on his site, (You do contribute good and funny stuff, btw) ,and I know by how/what you wright that you’re bigger than this, or any insult for that matter.

                  The Dr. can get out of line sometimes, but at least he apologized.

                  Take my comments for what there worth, I’m just trying to help remedy the situation.

                  • *write*


                  • That’s a nice post, stark. Thanks for writing a nice thing about my posts.

                    As for mindbender, as long as he doesn’t start stuff with me again, I can move-on.

              • I vote for PEACE!!! :)

                • Peace was never an option my friend.

  10. The only reason I would want him is because he acts completely different than any other avenger. I love Spidey and he is also pretty different but we already have stark throwing punch lines left and right. The avengers lacks a real tough silent type

  11. The executives at Fox are out of their mind if they don’t do a crossover with Disney-Marvel, a movie involving all the X-Men and Avengers would shatter box office records. It amazes me how stupid these people are.

    • … and exactly how do you divide the money between three different studios? Who’s cameramen are being used? Who’s script? Who’s actors? Which studio produces it? Who distributes it?

      Doing something like that is beyond complicated… it’s not that they are idiots, it’s just there are a million factors involved. It just isn’t that simple.

      • …and that is why lawyers are the ruination of everything…no offense to you personally justin, just your profession.

        • Hahaha, I know that you weren’t referring to me, Jeffro. And, that’s a tame (and funny) joke about lawyers.

  12. There is part of me that would love to see Jackman as Wolverine with the Avengers but I really have a problem with the whole thing of every second person being a super hero which is what the x men implies.

    Once you have a world where every second or third person is a super hero who could possibly be a serious threat from another galaxy.

    So I say steer clear of any mutant related stuff as much as possible.

    I would love to see Spiderman in an Avengers movie though. That would be great.

    • As a technical point mutants are actually pretty rare in comparison to the population of the Earth (made even more so after House of M). However since your dealing with media about their stories it distorts and magnifies how many there are.

  13. I would not want to see Marvel Studios doing anything with Fox Studios or even Columbia Sony Studios. Marvel needs to stay pure and keep on doing what they’re doing.

  14. I think a crossover is inevitable between Marvel/Disney and Fox, or Sony for that matter. Marvel doesn’t want to share any of the pie right now… but at some point, in order to keep the films interesting enough to keep bringing in record breaking box office returns, they won’t have a choice.

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Wolverine vs Iron Man movie, not so much because of the characters but because of RDJ & Jackman playing the characters… but it’s extremely doubtful it would happen that soon.

    • any Vs. movie would be childish and super lame! I love to see the interactions between characters and the arguments but no VERSUS movies!!!! PERIOD…. A teamup yes it could be cool but to go straigt from the pages of a CB to movie will be for the birds… and NO I did not like the way the Mandarin was portrayed I do want them to follow some canon but not the versus themes!

  15. After what FOX just pulled, you can jot this down in the “never gonna happen” section.

    Read between the lines people. Whedon makes comments describing how he would like to use Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch in A2 and shortly after Singer tweets “before he was an Avenger” and announces a new cast addition for a movie that had already been cast and had been filming for close to a month.

    It’s not exactly sound logic to assume that it’s just a coincidence and completely unrelated, and that two different studios are cool with selling a product under the same name. That’s what I can’t wrap my head around, because it goes directly against basic business rules.

    As I’ve posted many of times before, I believe the whole idea here was to take the name “Quicksilver” away from Disney before they had a chance to use it, so they can now only use the likeness of his name Pietro and the fact that he has super-speed. Disney did recently strong-arm the rights back regarding Daredevil (whom FOX was very reluctant to give up) and attempted to take crucial FF characters back as well. It is hard to not look at this as a return shot from FOX.

    Is any of the above a FACT? Of course not, nobody knows all the details yet. Just call it an educated guess.

    • @ Dr Mindbender,
      I agree with you. There are a lot happening behind the scene… :)

    • How does letting a contract legitimately expire constitute strongarming getting the rights to Daredevil back? Sure they tried to use it as leverage to access to Fantastic Four assets, but that is all a part of re-negotiation.

      • @ FDByrant

        It wasn’t as cut and dry as that:

        FOX was actually wanting to do a partnership with the Daredevil property, Disney said no to that. The reason they asked for the extension wasn’t because they had their thumbs up there butts like you might assume. They asked for an extension because the guy who they had working on it decided it was too hard and bailed to go do the Hannibal pilot instead, for NBC.

        They got an 11th hour replacement, who actually had a pretty awesome idea for the direction of the movie, but there wasn’t enough time left.

        Now, you can speculate all you want on whether or not Disney had anything to do with those late inning snags… it’s not like they don’t have the reach and power to do just that. Do I think they did? Who knows. A lot of trickery and shenanigans is always associated with these media giants.

    • Maybe the late addition was because a deal was worked out between both sides and they want to take advantage of the movie. It’ll be hard to explain who the two heroes are without mentioning their mutant backgrounds. This would also take some movie time to explain it, if done properly. Why not explain who they are in The XMen movies beforehand, so that they can dive right into The Avengers 2, already explained.

  16. He and every fan boy out there.

  17. Won’t happen, and shouldn’t happen.

  18. Simplee premise to make a film with Marvel/Sony/Fox.. And comtrary to some hoe keep stating there would be too many characters/too much to explain.. Just do the following… Multiversal being.. Beyonder or as a result of Thanos and the gauthlet distorts space/time to a point causing various realities (hin hint cinematic universes) to merge together. Ot annhilius via the negative zone attacks multiple realities (whatever works) . Either by mistake or by design. Xmen and spiderman show up in newyork with avengers there.. Confusion/ big fight.. They realise who the big baddy is/are work together, fight bad guy, deafeat bad guy, realities returned to normal and seperated. FF and ironman via negative zone build portals to possibly access each others realities down the road. Or not. They can make up thing as they go, like thor magically popping up on Earth in avengers.

    Basically it would prob be a one off don’t foresee ever having one unified reality like earth-616. There just to many peices to many people wanting to do their own “thing” with the movies that continuity errors would set it. And coordinating all the stories so that everything makes sense would be a nightmare. Mutant issues, in avengers, in spiderman, etc etc. i already though ironman should have called up sheild at some point in Im3 but nope… Can u imagine with all these superheroes about how would solo films event plausibly work. Comics can stretch believability somewhat more.. The same can’t really be said for a cinematic universe.

  19. If any of you think a shared marvel,Sony and fox movie universe be confusing then either you are not smart or you don`t read comic book graphic novel.
    it will work because fans and viewers are not stupid and can keep up with smart films i.e. the matrix and inception also the versus idea should not done that`s includes Marvel and DC movies.

  20. It would be unnecessarily complicated and would only hurt the A fingers franchise with the current mess of an X-men universe. Even if they do pull off a save with this latest “version”. On a side note The Wolverine does not look good from the trailer I saw. He loses his healing factor? Really? Rehashing superman 2 blah. Maybe I am wrong and it won’t be cliched.

  21. This is a done deal.

    It’s all a build up to a rework of Bendis 2010 Avengers team for Phase 3.

  22. Or can it?

  23. i remember the xmena cartton..featured a flashback of logan,and captain america breaking open a concentration camp..and rescueing a young erik …might be quite groovy to see that on screen…

    • do you drive the mystery machine???

  24. I think it would be great. I don’t see how it would confuse average movie goers. I think what’s going on now is more confusing with all of the legal mumbo-jumbo. Many of them are probably wondering why they haven’t seen other characters like Wolverine and Spider-man show up. So long as they have good reason to bring them in or have a good way to introduce them it would work out nicely. Also, it’s not like you need to introduce the entire team of X-Men, really just certain elements such as the existence of mutants.

    • If they want to merge present-day X-Men and Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be such a scitter-scatter for the screen writers to explain unless the Universes become altered and out of nowhere we see the X-Men team and F4 standing right next to the Avengers by the evil works of Thanos in having the super heros turn against each other or if X-Men 4 does that for us since it time and space does play a major factor in Days of Future Past.

      I can see Spidey being recruited in the Avengers Initiative, but part of me tells me that I want this Spidey to be the bad-ass standalone hero that can handle anything and anyone that throws against him on his own.

  25. I would approve of this because casting Jackman as Wolverine was one of the few things Fox got right. Unfortunately we can’t just bring him over without acknowledging all the other crappy baggage that comes with him.

    Since it’s pretty much and all or nothing deal, I will sadly vote nothing every time.

  26. I’ll gladly watch hugh jackman in an avengers movie if he actually wears the yellow and blue or yellow and black wolverine costume.

  27. They could use The Scarlet Witch to explain why there are no mutants in the MCU and use her to get back to the original XMen team with a young Cyclops, Jean Grey, Ice Man, etc. People like Wolverine or Beast could fill in for specific Avenger tasks or fill a void (while someone is on their stand alone mission). Fantastic 4 and the Silver Surfer could help fight space villains, to where people like the Black Widow won’t always have Loki’s staff to make an impact.

  28. I would love to see a movie where Nick Furey, recruits his old Friend, Logan, to track down the Hulk, in the Canadian wilderness. Later in the film, the Hulk and Wolverine team up against the Wendigo. That movie would make so much money for Disney and 20th Century Fox.

  29. I really think Quicksilver is the tip of the iceberg. I REALLY think he’s the first of many to cross over.

    #1 – All these scripts and plots and themes are already pre-planned, fleshed out and redrafted, they’ve already got CGI teams working around the clock and they’ve already been negotiating with KEY players in the movie. They’re is NO WAY Fox just half hazardly threw in Quicksilver to “steal” him from Marvel. Why derail and Re-write an entire movie to steal a character who would probably never be a standalone franchise. The fact is they ALREADY knew Quicksilver was in the story. They ALREADY were negotiating with that Actor and they probably ALREADY had him Cast. Its not like these studios half hazardly name everyone the minute their cast. It was a well thought out Marketing tactic. Which leads to….

    #2 Joss Whedon was helping cross promote. All things Disney Marvel are dissected and analyzed. NO mere SENTENCE is taken for Granted and yet the God of the AVENGERS universe randomly announces 2 new superhero characters midweek? 3 2 years before a movie? and then Said character who was probably already written in, and already cast at FOX is announced within the same week? There are no coincidences….

    #3 Quicksilver is a character that is SMALL enough to not be a risk. If AVENGERS flops, odds are its not because Quicksilver couldn’t be adapted to the universe. For example imagine if Wolverine was in #2. The whole world of critics and CMB geeks would focus on how well the two worlds are explained. With Quicksilver we wouldn’t need alot of exposition and focus they can introduce him just as easily as they introduce Hawkeye. And half the AVENGERS fans wont even know he existed. But it will be a market test for how well crossovers can be received by superfans and critics. Plus his character is an Avenger AND Magneto’s son, so its not like he’s thrown in half hazardly on either side story wise. So it doesn’t look like a cash grab.

    #4 The Marvel universe was conceived at least 5 or 6 years prior to its release. We are now 3 years off from its next release. There is absolutely no way Quicksilver wasnt discussed prior to last year by either studio.

    #5 Daredevil was part of negotiating. Somehow I think it ties in to all this. Fox couldn’t really fit him into the Xmen Universe and Marvel can always use him. BUT no way FOX didn’t get something in return for turning him over. Marvel announced his return as if they gave nothing up for him but their must have been backroom dealings going on. (i’d like to think Game of Thrones style). In exchange for giving up Daredevil, Marvel had to incorporate a Mutant into its larger Cinematic Universe to bring more interest to FOX’s.

    Look we all know FOX is consciously thinking about an interconnected universe within XMEN. We all know Marvel thinks 5 or 6 years ahead, storyline wise. We all know Fox hired a former MARVEL employee to head its XMEN turnaround, but why couldn’t all this effort to change the XMEN timeline not in connection with a clashing of their two universes? There are no coincidences in comic books.