Hugh Jackman, while speaking with Collider about the next chapter of his X-Men saga, The Wolverine, intimated that while he knows it's a longshot, he would love to wind up bringing the feral mutant to the screen alongside Iron man, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers. He'd even like Spider-Man along for the ride, mimicking the Avengers line-up from the last decade.
When asked about the possibility, Jackman was very up front.
"Mate, I ask the same question. I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise. I said, 'Man, can this happen?' and he goes 'Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.' But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together."
While the Marvel liaison to Fox and Sony, Tom Cohen, did tell Jackman it would not be "easy," he didn't say it was impossible. The major problem is that whoever finances a movie that has Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Iron Man side by side would make a boatload of money, while the other two studios would only make licensing fees. Unless, of course, Jackman's plan comes to fruition.
"(smiling) I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together! I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board."
Of course, Jackman, turning 45 this year, can't stay Wolverine, who isn't supposed to age, forever. Granted, he got into better shape than ever for The Wolverine, and the movie reportedly features a storyline where he loses his healing factor, at least for a time, which could be used to explain some sudden aging. Robert Downey, Jr., age 48, just signed on for two more Avengers films, so Jackman could have another 5, 6 years in him, easily. Is that enough time for three studios to come together and decide to make fans' dreams come true? We do live in a world where not one but two studios are producing movies featuring Quicksilver, after all.