by Brett White
Thanks to “X-Men: First Class,” we know that a cameo from Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine can be a powerful thing. But what if we had learned that a decade earlier, possibly in Sam Raimi’s 2002 “Spider-Man” film? Hugh Jackman recently told the Huffington Post that that was almost a reality!
“In the first ’Spider-Man’—[Marvel Studios president] 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,” revealed Jackman.
As two of the first modern day superhero classics, a crossover between “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” would have definitely changed the entire landscape of superhero films and opened the possibilities wide open. But why didn’t it happen? What on Earth could have kept this history from being made?!
“The problem was, we couldn’t find the suit,” said Jackman. “The suit was stuck in some thing. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn’t get it together.”
A missing suit? Listen to me, Sam Raimi and Hugh Jackman circa 2001—there are stores on literally every corner in Manhattan that sell white undershirts and jeans. You can find a Wolverine costume. But sadly, that was apparently enough to nix the cameo, thus altering the course of superhero films forever.
One does have to wonder what a Wolverine cameo in “Spider-Man” would have done. That was so early in the process that the lines between studios might not have been as clearly drawn as they are now. Every studio was new to the genre and there was a sense that if any of those films tanked, the entire notion of superheroes on screen could tank as well. But if a cameo had happened back then and worked, would the Fox and Sony heroes have become tightly linked? Would we have gotten a cinematic universe before the current one over at Disney/Marvel Studios? Now a decade later, pretty much every studio in the superhero game has had ridiculous success with their properties and have become incredibly more territorial. The Marvel heroes stay with Disney, Spider-Man is with Sony, and the X-Men and Fantastic Four are tied up at Fox—and never shall the three meet… even if Jackman still wants it to happen.
“I actually asked some high level people about it,” said Jackman. “Because the optimist in me goes, “Why not? Why can’t we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?” And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid 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.”
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