Hugh Jackman became a fan-favorite among Marvel fans when he portrayed Wolverine in 20th Century Studios’ X-Men franchise. For quite some time, rumors have abounded that The Greatest Showman star will be reprising the role in Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, now that The Walt Disney Company owns both 20th Century Studios and Marvel Studios.
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Now, amid reports that MCU star Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange) is currently working “six days a week” on reshoots for the delayed Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (2022), it seems that Jackman could potentially be one of the actors making a cameo in the project.
Seemingly, one of the key reasons for the reshoots was previous “actor availability” — this has led many to speculate that major cameos are coming in the Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch)-led movie.
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Per one new statement:
“…basically what’s happening, Feige is actually pleased with Raimi [Sam Raimi] and the film’s direction, they are adding people who were busy (filming a show *wink emoji*) during principle, n stream lining a pivotal scene that also involves ‘cameos'”
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While no names were specifically dropped, reportedly Jackman’s involvement was brought up and a coy “No idea” was the response. Jackman’s name has become a frontrunner due to the fact that Patrick Stewart (Professor X) is heavily rumored to reprise his role from the 20th Century Studios’ X-Men franchise, expanding the Marvel Multiverse and opening the door for Jackman to make a return.
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Previously, fellow X-Men star, Academy Award-winning Anna Paquin, spoke out about how Jackman was “brutalized” on set for the Marvel films:
“Hugh was the person I was always closest with because I had all my scenes with him and he’s just wonderful. He is still a lovely, gracious human being.”
“He got put through the wringer on that first one and never ever complained. It’s minus 40 [degrees] and he’s being dropped off some building onto his back over and over and over again. And still has all the time in the world to be a nice, normal person.”
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Jackman once stated that Logan (2017) was his final outing as Wolverine, but has since indicated that he would be willing to reprise the role if Kevin Feige were to reach out.
Currently, you can stream X-Men on Disney+ thanks to Disney’s 2019 buyout of 20th Century Fox — now 20th Century Studios. The official description reads:
The X-Men, a group of mutants with extraordinary powers, wage a fight against both intolerance, and a fellow band of radical mutants intent on exterminating the human race.
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Bear in mind that neither Disney nor Marvel Studios has confirmed anything about Jackman returning to Marvel movies as the MCU’s version of Wolverine.
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As for Cumberbatch, before Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness next year, he will appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17, 2021. He will be joined by Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Zendaya (MJ), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and more.
Do you think Hugh Jackman is coming to the Multiverse in Doctor Strange 2?