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5 Avengers And Wolverine Team-Ups Fit For Film

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past now in theaters, Hugh Jackman has just finished up yet another round of press to promote the latest mutant movie. Just like the previous half dozen press tours, the actor’s fielded more than enough questions about his future as the clawed super hero. Sometimes he’s ready to retire, other times he’s ready to give it another go, and recently he added a third variable to the equation.

“I would love to see him as part of the Avengers,” Jackman recently told IGN. “There’s a great dysfunction among that team, and I think Wolverine would fit right into that. He’d like that.” We bet some fans wouldn’t mind seeing Logan claw his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially if it means getting big screen adaptations of some of the characters more notable comic encounters with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Here are five stories we’d love to see Fox and Marvel tackle.

And Now … the Wolverine!

01 Hulk

There’s no better way to introduce Wolverine to the MCU than adapting his first ever appearance in Incredible Hulk #181. Jackman inadvertently acknowledged this himself in that interview, saying, “Those two bad, rage-filled characters are going to square off at some point. It would be quite fun. I don’t know how much fun to shoot it would be because I’m sure I’d be on the worst end of it, but hey, he can heal.” In the comics, Wolverine tussles not only with the Hulk, but with the ruthless beast known as Wendigo as well. It’d be tough to build an entire issue around what’s essentially one big fight scene, so the filmmakers would have to take some liberties to flesh out the story. There’s one thing they can’t touch, though, and that’s Wolverine’s classic yellow costume. If Wolverine ever appears in a Marvel Studios production, he better sport his classic comic book duds – or at least a costume that pays homage to it.

Madripoor Knights

02 Madripoor

Captain America’s World War II history has a lot of holes that the montages in Captain America: The First Avenger didn’t fill. That means that Marvel Studios could work in Uncanny X-Men #268 into Cap’s backstory eventually, giving moviegoers a 1940s-set team-up between Logan and Steve. The comics also include the similarly ageless Black Widow in the adventure, but a scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier clearly made Natasha a child of the ’80s. Since we really want to see Black Widow fight alongside – and against, just once – Wolverine, this hypothetical film could pull a Days of Future Past and take place in two distinct eras, with Wolverine teaming up with Captain America in the ’40s and Black Widow in the present day.

Breakout

03 Breakout

Wolverine became an Avenger in this storyline, originally told in New Avengers #1-6. Following a massive super villain breakout, a ragtag assortment of unlikely allies banded together to track down the escapees. The team’s journey eventually led them to the Savage Land, a tropical territory in Antarctica where dinosaurs roam free, and right into Wolverine’s path. Iron Man vouched for the clawed Canadian, arguing against Captain America who viewed Logan as a murderer, first and foremost. There’s action aplenty in this story as the Avengers go up against dozens of super powered maniacs, and did we mention the dinosaurs?

Revolution

04 Revolution

In the aftermath of the super hero civil war, the Avengers became fugitives. This reality really sank in during New Avengers #27-31, when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were forced to hide out from their ex-teammates in Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum while dealing with a ton of ninja trouble going down in Japan’s criminal underworld. In addition to adding Wolverine to the mix, a movie based on this story would be a great way to add possible Phase Three hero Stephen Strange to the team, as well as Netflix characters like Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Even if Marvel and Fox never end up amicably sharing characters, the New Avengers stories could still be a gateway into injecting fresh blood into the franchise.

Man and Wolf

05 CapWolf

Okay, we’re not saying it’s even within the realm of possibility that Marvel Studios would consider adapting Captain America #402-407, mostly because this story’s main selling point is that Cap becomes a werewolf. Even though wolverines aren’t wolves, Logan still plays a big part in this storyline – along with pretty much every other wolf-inclined character in the Marvel Universe. Heck, Cable even shows up to save the day in the end, because that’s just how stories were told in the ’90s! So no, there’s no chance for this story, a story starring a character unironically referred to as Capwolf, to realistically ever make it to the big screen. We can at least reread this epic with Chris Evans’ and Hugh Jackman’s voices in mind.

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Comments

  • Randy Meyer

    You forgot Captain America Annual #8, the one where they fought TESS 1, the big robot designed to eliminate super-soldiers and made from adamantium. Story was drawn by Mike Zeck and was memorable to me because at the end, Cap literally yells to Wolverine that there is no way he would ever be allowed in the Avengers.

  • Darth Mallus

    Technically, Wolvie’s first appearance was in Hulk #180 in the last panel of the last page.

  • Dalarsco

    For Madripoor Knights it would be pretty easy to change the female agent in the 1940s to Peggy Carter.

  • jj

    Hmm … The hulk literally tore wolverine in HALF at the pelvis … Wonder if Hugh would like to try that.

  • MPBulletin

    That’d be great! Anyone think Fox would give in on their film rights and collaborate on a Wolverine appearance in an Avengers movie?

  • DaBUU

    One of the greatest comic panels ever!

  • DaBUU

    The force is strong in this one

  • KeithTang

    They also need to do an onscreen version of Wolverine vs. Spidey.

  • Darkvoltinx

    fox probably would.
    sony on the other hand with spider man flat out said they would never be that desperate to team up with marvel/disney.

  • demoncat_4

    could see if fox and marvel studieos suddenly decided to share at last the x-men and avengers could see both the hulk vs wolverine story wolverines first appearance as mostly another solo wolverine film otherwise sadly none of these ideas will happen. until disney finaly takes back the rights to the x-men from fox by buying them back

  • JeffreyLouxGooglePlus

    Bendis New Avengers story? Sure why not. Age of Ultron movie in name only, which has nothing at all to do with the comic. At all.

  • NinjinSteve

    Don’t get me wrong, I love what Marvel Studios is doing. But If Marvel Studios/Disney got their hands on Wolverine he would not be allowed to kill, smoke cigars, drop f-bombs, or just about anything else that makes him the best there is at what he does.

    Do you think DOFP would have opened with a future NYC filled with dead bodies if Disney owned this sucker? Not a chance. Or had the themes of hatred and equality so blatantly laid out? Nope.

  • Dave

    Will never happen, Fox is an extremely stubborn and greedy studio. They’ll just give you that song and dance about how they have built a universe and they’re sticking to what they’re doing and it wouldn’t work with what they are doing over at Disney. When it comes down to it, it’s Billionaires fighting with Billionaires and they don’t give a shit about us. They only see us as dollar signs.

  • Jason

    Yeah, because there’s no violence in any of the Marvel movies …

  • Kanak Tripathi

    sir you need to see CAP2:WINTER SOLDIER asap & you will be stunned how casually normal marvel citizen got killed again & again & again

  • lewis4510

    Unfortunately, you’re right about that. But Sony has to be concerned with Spiderman’s declining box office. Which is tracking to make considerably less than the first film in the franchise reboot.

  • Alex W

    You seem to think Disney is a company obsessed with making everything kid friendly. It is not. The comic book movies are an opportunity to profit off an additional target audience. They wouldn’t change their product at the risk of losing that audience. It’s bad business.

  • Deucifer the Sixth

    Which is a good thing considering how shit the comic was.