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Jackman says ‘no’ to potential MCU appearance PLUS it seems Fantastic Four may not be part of the Disney/Fox deal

December 13th, 2017 by Marc Comments

You may recall that last night we reported that there was talk of Hugh Jackman coming back to play Wolverine… if the deal goes through between Disney and 20th Century Fox.

Jackman has previously expressed a lot of interest in being part of the MCU and how it could make him reassess his departure from the X-Men movies:  “I always love the idea of him (Wolverine) within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there are a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know. At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character].”

Now it has emerged that Disney are interested in having Jackman in the MCU however, for several reasons it’s unlikely to  happen.

Firstly, Wolverine becoming part of the MCU would mean the X-Men movies to this point would have to become canon, which would be difficult given the confusion of their time line without throwing all these other heroes and stories in.

Secondly, Jackman wants nothing to do with the idea: “It’s interesting because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head.

“But it was like, “Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,” and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, ‘Hang on!’ But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.”

To be fair, we pretty much figured this would be the case, but it’s still a pity… you know you’d love to see Jackman’s Wolverine standing toe-to-toe with Hulk. We would too.

In related news, it seems that, even if the deal does go through and Disney get the rights to X-Men back, the deal may not necessarily include Fantastic Four.
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It seems that a potential fly in the ointment is that Constantin Films retains the production rights to The Fantastic Four and had partnered with Fox to make the three live-actin movies. Word is that this is a potential hiccup and is being worked out and seems to have been an unforeseen complication.

Could it mean that the First Family of Comics may not be joining the MCU? Potentially, yes… but we’ll know for sure soon, especially since Cable giant Comcast has pulled out of the potential deal, meaning Disney is the current favourite to win out.

Comcast had this to say: “When a set of assets like 21st Century Fox’s becomes available, it’s our responsibility to evaluate if there’s a strategic fit that could benefit our company and our shareholders,” Comcast said in a statement. “That’s what we tried to do and we are no longer engaged in the review of those assets. We never got the level of engagement needed to make a definitive offer. We have a terrific company with a strong portfolio of businesses and will continue to focus on driving growth, innovating, creating great content, and providing excellent experiences for our customers.”

So it looks like Disney are all but there…

Source: FlickeringMyth

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….