A missing costume is all that stood in the way of a Wolverine/Spider-Man crossover. At least that’s what Hugh Jackman told The Huffington Post while promoting his latest film, “Prisoners,” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
When asked about his professed desire to act opposite Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and whether or not Wolverine could simply pop up in the background of a scene unmentioned, Jackman revealed that there was once a plan for his “X-Men” character to do just that in Sam Raimi’s 2002 “Spider-Man” movie — but there was a snag.
“In the first ‘Spider-Man’ — [Marvel producer] Kevin Feige reminded me of this — we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something,” Jackman said. “The problem was, we couldn’t find the suit. The suit was stuck in something. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn’t get it together.”
Of course the other complication is that several different studios own the rights to different Marvel characters — Fox has the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Sony has Spider-Man, Marvel has pretty much everyone else — and Jackman lamented the fact that there couldn’t be as much on-screen crossover as there is in the comics themselves. Cinema Blend notes that Wolverine and Ant-Man cross paths in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” comic series, while Spider-Man teams with the Fantastic Four in another, among many other combinations.
“I actually asked some high-level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, ‘Why not? Why can’t we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?'” Jackman said. “And someone reminded [me] that the amount of money Fox paid [for character rights] compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what’s great about it is they’re just mashing together all the time — and it’s awesome. And people are like, ‘Yeah, well, let’s get this one with that!’ And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it.”
Here’s hoping Jackman’s right.
[via HuffPost h/t Cinema Blend]