Hugh Jackman's Cheeky IG Posts Hint at Future MCU Appearance

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
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The seismic internet speculation over the future of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine has reached a magnitude 10 on the Nerd Richter Scale. Jackman, who seemed to have punctuated his 17-year X-Men run as Wolverine with the 2017 film Logan (perhaps the best superhero film of the modern MCU-dominated era), posted images of the hero’s claws on his Instagram story, followed by a photo of himself with the President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige.

Thus far, Wolverine has technically not appeared in the MCU. Disney only acquired the rights to the X-Men characters in 2019, after a $71.3 billion deal (or: the GDP of Iceland, Cambodia, and Nepal combined) with 20th Century Fox, the X-Men’s previous owners.

Of course, X-Men’s actual incorporation into the actual MCU has so far not yet occurred. During the run of Disney+’s WandaVision, viewers thought the fandoms might have finally merged when the X-Men character, Quicksilver—played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the Marvel Studios version—appeared instead as his 20th Century Fox version—played by Evan Peters. The switcheroo, however, turned out to be more of an easter egg than a fandom merger; it was basically just a troll.

Many have pointed out the chronological difficulties of fitting the X-Men into the MCU, not to mention the continuity questions about how they exist alongside events already depicted in those Marvel franchises. These challenges lead us to believe the X-Men may somehow play a role in Marvel’s inevitable upcoming multiverse variation, already teased in Loki.

However the X-Men arrive, Marvel will face a further challenge of casting its characters. In an interview earlier this year, director Joe Russo spoke to this concern, particularly as it relates to the X-Men’s most recognizable face, Wolverine:

To realize him on screen, it’s very hard because Hugh Jackman’s performance is definitive. It’s like Batman; you have to really think of a way to, you have to really find the right actor to come in and give a really different take to that character. But I would really love to see him on screen.

Which actor could come in and deliver that different take has been the topic of much glasses-pushing speculation. Jackman’s Instagram tease may be something of a temporary answer to the problem: he’s not going anywhere. Or, as with Peters, it may just be another troll.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

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