The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
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!
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.
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.
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?
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
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.