Hugh Jackman first appeared as Logan, the Canadian mutant also known as Wolverine, in Bryan Singer‘s pre-MCU superhero smash X-Men way back in 2000. He played the character in 11 movies if you count minor cameos, and even ended his Oscar medley with a climactic “I’m Wooooolveriiiiiiine!!!” It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role.
But the only constant in this life of ours is change! Eventually, and perhaps sooner than we realize, someone new will pick up the adamantium claws and make their way to glory.
While speaking with The New York Times about his new Apple TV+ project black bird† Egerton meetingthe 32-year-old Welsh actor best known for the Kingsman movies and to play Sir Elton John in rocket man, made it clear that he wants the gig.
He shared that he had a meeting with Marvel Studios and its Grand Poobah Kevin Feige† Of the Wolverine character, he said, “I’d be excited, but I’d also be worried, because Hugh is so associated with the role that I wonder if it would be very difficult for someone else to do it.”
He then added while “flash[ing] a grin” that “hopefully when it comes they’ll give me a chance.”
Rarely does an actor speak so candidly with a paper version of the story about parts they may or may not get—especially in the superhero sphere with his extreme online fanbase—unless they hope to arm that fanbase into advocacy. Surely this is a strategy worthy of an X-Men team leader!
Egerton’s interest in the role is not new. In a 2020 interview with British GQ he said he’d seen fan art of his resemblance to the mutant’s claws. “Having someone think I’d be right for the part is really flattering,” he said rather diplomatically.
Coincidentally, Egerton and Jackman have worked together in the past in the charming Dexter Fletcher sports comedy Eddie the eagle† The story of the underdog (undereagle?) saw Egerton as a wide-eyed ski jumper who turns to Jackman, a former champion, for guidance. Given Marvel’s love of multiversa, could there be a possible future in which? both actors appear together, perhaps in similar teacher-and-pupil roles? Stranger things have happened!
Last week, Feige announced that Marvel Studios will be returning to the big fandom pep rally known as San Diego Comic-Con later in July. The dream wish had thus far been a casting announcement for the next iteration of the Fantastic Four. Perhaps Egerton’s comments to the Time is intended as a preventative measure against myocardial nerd farts if Wolverine is reported.