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Hugh Jackman Has A Terrible Idea To Put Wolverine, Spider-Man & The Avengers Together In The Same Movie

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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With Marvel's "The Avengers" making a billion or so dollars, it seems every studio is now ramping up anything in their catalog that even smells like a team up movie. Hell, Marvel themselves is bringing the group action next summer with "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise just got expanded to four films and currently features about twenty new characters, Warner Bros. teases "Justice League" eternally, Fox is gearing up "Fantastic Four," and we think the credit scroll for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" might be longer than the actual movie...need we say more? But what if one movie could unite them all? Well, Hugh Jackman has an idea that will give a nation of super-nerds wet dreams tonight.

"The Wolverine" actor recently chatted with the folks over at Collider and when asked if he could ever envisage the Marvel character (movie rights which belong to Fox) chugging brews with The Avengers (which Marvel is shepherding), Jackman geeked that he's already been tossing out feelers to executive types to see what can be down about Logan and Tony Stark high-fiving. And Peter Parker too... Wait, what? Gee whiz....

"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,’ " he explained. " 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.”

This is the kind of soundbite that will undoubtedly get nerds salivating, at least those who don't pause a second and realize....what a terrible idea this is. We can't image what kind of contrivance would have to be dreamed up to get even just the X-Men and The Avengers to hang out, not to mention cramming Spider-Man somewhere in there and god knows who else. And we can only imagine it would create a continuity vortex from which no one would escape. But mostly, it's the sort of fan-service-y nonsense married to the standard studio idea of bigger-is-better that makes this far from an inspired idea, but instead a wholly unimaginative one. 

But whatever, people will want to talk about this, but the legal and financial logistics means it will probably never, ever, ever happen. But Jackman keeps on dreamin' big. "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,” he said.

What do you think? Has Jackman truly lost it or is this ultimate comic idea that the studios need to get out of the way of and let happen? Let us know below.

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  • larry | July 23, 2014 10:16 PMReply

    this could potentially blow "avatar" and "titanic" box office earnings out of the water combined only an idiot money hungry dumbass wouldn't consider the notion

  • larry | July 23, 2014 10:05 PMReply

    how insanely awesome would that movie be hell I'd pay to watch it twice if the 3 stuidos can agree to split the millions upon millions of dollars they'd make evenly just so they'd make more of them.... hellllllllo veiwer ratings and big wig profits!!!

  • Me. | July 16, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    Well maybe not the entire xmen cast but seeing Spider-Man and wolverine join the avengers like they were in the newer comics. But the idea of having tony stark retire and them finding their replacement would be interesting, and even in the wolverine origins Samuel l Jackson goes up to wolverine and tells him he's putting a team together and he says go F yourself. I don't see why wolverine wouldn't be a good addition.

  • Me.Again. | July 16, 2014 9:02 PM

    So wolverine is already in their universe because they asked him to join and he said no. And Spider-man protects New York City right? So why can't they search for more heroes around the world that they haven't discovered before, however you put it, it would be simple to put both Spider-Man and wolverine into the movies without any second guessing or critisisms.

  • NemoStrider | May 26, 2014 2:42 AMReply

    If anything, he's the sane one for eventually mentioning the partnership. When you read The Avengers (let alone Spider-Man or X-men comics) comics you will happen to see that they all mention each other. Wolverine is an Avenger as well as an X-man. Spider-Man is an Avenger as well. So I could see this being the last installment of the Avenger 3 triology - bringing all of the Avengers (canon & noncanon) together to face their biggest enemy yet.

    Though it would make more sense if they also brought in King he's the longest running threat. But only time can tell.

  • JustAStranger | May 15, 2014 9:32 AMReply

    Well I really would love the idea of Marvel Alliance and the fact that Superheroes will split sides and fight an epic war with each other.
    If there was a game now it can become a movie as well.

  • Richard Whereat | May 6, 2014 9:57 AMReply

    Yeah, what an idiot for thinking that a current Avenger should and could be in an Avengers movie. What was he thinking?

  • Jimmy Zappa | May 2, 2014 3:44 AMReply

    Balls to you, naysayer.

    All you need is all the Avengers, Wolverine, and then Spiderman...that's it. You don't need all the XMEN, people just wanna see Wolverine anyway. Same with Spiderman. You can EASILY fit them into the universe and not have it detract in any way (use the ol' "Infinity Stone opened a parallel universe and threw Wolverine and Spiderman into the Avengers' universe" bit).

    And if you wanna add all the XMEN in for good effect, focus on Wolverine for most of the movie and then have the rest of them come in at the end cause of the Infinity Stone plot device. Seriously, Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet is dangerous enough to wipe out half a universe worth of Marvel Heroes. Who's to say you can't add in Parallel Universes to the same effect? Especially for the intentions of making the biggest event movie known to humankind.

    The only problem is money and rights issues between Sony, Fox, and Disney/Marvel. But of course, if they could cut a deal for Roger Rabbit...they can cut a deal for this.

  • josh | March 6, 2014 3:04 PMReply

    maybe you should just cut people from the 2nd movie and make room for others.

  • Tony | December 23, 2013 2:02 AMReply

    Its awsome and it needs to be done. That movie will make those rich people even richer and im sure all of us would pay to go see that.

  • vic | September 28, 2013 10:55 PMReply

    Both Spiderman and Wolverine become membres of the Avengers .
    The secret to good comic book films Is not to stray from the source material.

  • Lars | December 19, 2013 5:28 PM

    Then I guess they better use the 50 or so other characters that joined before Wolverine and Spider-Man, right?

  • Kordell | September 9, 2013 5:27 PMReply

    I think if this ever happened it would be huge and would make a ton of money any comic book lover or even just people who like the movies would die to see something as big as this could be spidey and wolverine have always had a love-hate relationship that would be gold together and would only expand the Marvel universe even larger

  • Kimbers | July 26, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    It's been part of the comic books for years already! He had a team-up with Captain America and Nick Fury and has also been linked with The Hulk. This is not a new idea, people! It would just be bring more Marvel history to the big screen.

  • tags | July 22, 2013 10:54 AMReply

    Needs to happen! Find a way to make it happen. The key avenger stories have, at the very least Spidey and Wolverine in them. Spidey and Wolverine in the comic world are avengers, so it makes sense. It's a must, it'd be difficult, but it'd be a travesty if they didn't do it.

    Introduced the new avengers in...Avengers 3?

  • NemoStrider | May 26, 2014 2:51 AM

    That actually sounds like a good idea.

    Also, SRAL...truth be told the Avengers invited both Spiderman and Wolverine into their fighting force in the 1960's comic books. They were briefly placed in the 1970's-1980's comic books as recurring non-major characters who allied with The Avengers. They officially joined in the 90's and the reprised comics which featured them in more scenes happened more than 14 years ago. If anything they needed to take out Black Widow - for she didn't join the Avengers officially until the later years. She was an Agent of Shield - not an avenger for the longest of times.

    Around the time that Spider-Man was invited in the 1960's The Black Panther, Hercules, etc joined the Avengers. So we would need a multiple of character slots - and we don't need it to turn out like the latest X-men disaster...Where they introduced characters but focused on Wolverine.

  • Sral | December 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    Spider-Man and Wolverine joined the Avengers about 8 years ago. The Avengers are 50 years old. That's 42 years worth of stories without them and most of the big ones happened before those two joined.

  • Kplan | July 17, 2013 3:21 AMReply

    To do this successfully, would actually require a pairing down. That is, rather than The Avengers and Spider-Man and the X-men, it would literally have to be AN Avenger, JUST Wolverine and then Spider-Man, with cameos of other actors/characters here and there. Think of it like the Roger Rabbit movie:

    In order for that movie to work, Disney and WB had a deal: For every Disney character, there will be 1 WB character, and the WB characters will get as much or more screen time as each Disney character. Each studio also got approval over any scene their characters were in, any line they spoke.

    That's how you do this movie: 3 principals (Thor or Hulk, Spidey, Wolvie is my vote only b/c it's the combo w/the most possible friction), 3 or 6 supporting friend cameos, 1 new villain w/3 cameos from villains from each franchise. And divvying it up that way, makes the financials clear for everyone.

    Somebody get Feige on the phone for me.

  • kplan | July 17, 2013 3:22 AM

    * paring down

  • Anon | July 13, 2013 5:20 PMReply

    "... it's the sort of fan-service-y nonsense married to the standard studio idea of bigger-is-better that makes this far from an inspired idea, but instead a wholly unimaginative one."

    Except that...this happens in the comics all the time? One of the most fun things about the Marvel Universe is that all the heroes exist in the same place. Plus Wolverine was always one of the most fun Avengers members. And I would pretty much kill someone for a Civil War movie, so...

  • Hero | April 4, 2014 12:54 AM

    The Avengers is the very same fan service that the author accuses adding Spider-Man and Wolverine of being.

  • creditguy4m | July 13, 2013 3:40 PMReply

    It is a wonderful idea!!! If inspiration is needed just read the X-men and Avenger comics books. The concepts and work have already been explored. They play out wonderfully.

  • Ella | July 13, 2013 5:18 AMReply

    Playlist, go home, you are drunk...oh, wait, you meant this article seriously? Like....seriously?

  • ethan | July 13, 2013 3:31 AMReply

    Are you kidding me! Not only would it be a great idea,
    Its happened so many times ( do i hear civil
    war?) Granted wolverine isnt in civil but hey
    how bout wolverine fighting spiderman which is a true
    comic movie in its own! The possibilities would
    be endless!! Throw hank pym in as well it would be a true
    Marvel movie, instead of all these beat around the bush
    Films that hardly give credit to the back bone of
    Marvel comics.. sad to say this'll probably never happen
    at least not any time in the next 4 or 5 yrs. But it wouldnt hurt
    to take a stab at it.

  • yeah | July 12, 2013 11:45 PMReply

    um how would that be a (Terrible Idea) infinity gauntlet ??? New avengers?civil war ? Read before you spew!The films have its own universe all they would have to do is create a scenario where all 3 combined The Tesseract isn't just a plot device indie wire.Thanos on screen without silver surfer is stupid tbh.

  • mali | April 9, 2014 4:10 AM

    I agree, that would be the best thing ever!!! I would love to see both Wolvie' and Spiderman join the Avengers!!!

  • Washington | July 12, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    Oh yeah, didn't you know, in The Avengers movie world there are also these mutants with incredible powers that have existed forever and have had this big civil rights thing going on this whole time. Yeah not contrived at all because: comics. And we all know comics aren't ridiculous. Fucking nerds.

  • Alan B | July 12, 2013 9:37 PMReply

    I can understand this being absurd on a practical level (never going to happen), but I have no idea why the team up of a God, a weapon's manufacturer, a green monster and a mercernary is SUPER PLAUSIBLE, but add a mutant and a genetically engineered hero and EVERYTHING FALLS APART. I think it's a bad creative idea and it isn't because of a plot contrivance ... because we all know that the tesseract was the most important and successful aspect of 'The Avengers' and the reason why it was such a success. No, because the actual setting for the respective characters are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT and are incredibly important for their respective characterizations. Wolverine exists in a world where those that are different are hated: if you suddenly throw him into a world in which those same people are on playing cards, then suddenly a lot of his cynicism against the world doesn't make any sense.

  • Kemani | July 12, 2013 9:20 PMReply

    Is this a serious article? Their worlds are already written and combined. It's not far fetched at all.

  • Jchoffler | July 12, 2013 5:46 PMReply

    Spider-Man and Wolverine are Avengers... Soooo... Why would this be a terrible idea??

  • josh | March 6, 2014 3:07 PM

    I know right. or you could just cut characters from the first and 2nd films

  • Evan | July 12, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    They are all on the Avengers, or were as of a few months ago. Way, way back in 2004 Brian Michael Bendis created the New Avengers out of the carcass of the Avengers. They were a way more street level team, but there most notable difference was Captain America was able to convince Spiderman and Wolverine to join the team. It was an awesome run that went for 7 or 8 years, featured multiple titles that spun-off and helped make events a mainstay in the universe.
    This however possible in story terms, would be impossible financially it would be so big and bloated and would heavily rely on fans knowledge of the characters as there would be no time for introductions. Every actor would need their screen time and the movie would end up running for days on end. The only way I think it could work is if they just adapted a specific event like Civil War or Secret Invasion.

  • Gabe Toro | July 12, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    Never listen to Hugh Jackman's creative suggestions.

  • what a shame | July 15, 2013 7:09 PM

    Agreed. Why does this idiot continue to play the limiting Wolverine role ? Why did he , foolishly , turn down the very juicy lead role in Nicolas Winding Refn's " Drive " for " Real Steel " ? This moron has enough money , clout , and talent to pursue more challenging roles. Greed is the name of the game for him.

  • Alan B | July 12, 2013 9:40 PM

    Same rule applies to any of The Playlist writer's creative suggestions, too ... and their criticisms, political diatribes, really ANYTHING they have to say, really.

  • PETER | July 12, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Global Sharknado threat.

    They'd all have to band together to fight the sharks.

  • Rob | July 12, 2013 4:40 PMReply

    There is a storyline where they are all together like that. It's called The Infinity Gauntlet. If they introduced Thanos as a villain, his whole purpose is leading to that, because that is his story. It's not a ridiculous idea because it's pretty much the only reason for The Avengers to exist.

  • Travis Hopson | July 12, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    Spider-Man, the X-men, and the Avengers are already combined in the comics anyway. It's actually more weird to not see them together on the big screen at this point. So no, I don't think it's all that weird nor would it require some amazing plot contrivance for these heroes to unite. All it would take is one planetary threat, someone like Galactus.

  • JD | July 12, 2013 6:12 PM

    What kind of plot contrivance? Stan Lee and Jack Kirby already did it in 1962. It's called the Marvel Universe.

    But, I think trying to jam all those characters into one feature film would be a terrible mistake. If future X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four films and the Marvel Movie Universe (i.e., The Avengers / the SHIELD tv show) would probably be better off just making subtle references to each other. Acknowledge that they all exist in the same continuity, and leave it at that.

  • Bodhi1701 | July 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    I agree with Travis. Continuity sort of lends itself to this. And while it could get out of hand and feel like fan fiction if not properly managed, someone like Whedon could truly make this work and it actually could broaden the tapestry of the Marvel Universe in ways the fans want. If they manage to pull this off, the fans would go apeshit. Truly. One of the things Marvel has going for it is that it manages continuity across films so well -- something DC/WB can't get their heads around for some reason. And that broadens the fan experience: being able to imagine there are connections off-camera makes enriches what you actually do see on-camera. So I'm all for this. I think it's cool. As long as they make the most of it and use it in a way that's a cool surprise -- why not?

  • moo | July 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    YUP. Exactly.

    Good call though, Kevin.

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