Back in 2002, we were very close to seeing a Wolverine cameo in the Spider-Man film. Hugh Jackman was on board, as was director Sam Raimi. The only problem? According to an interview in The Huffington Post Hugh Jackman said, “We couldn’t find the suit. The suit was stuck in something. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn’t get it together.”
While this may seem inconsequential nowadays, what with Marvel heroes all popping up in each other’s films, however back in 2002 superhero films were just starting to gain some traction. Seeing Wolverine appear in Spider-Man would have been epically cool and could have potentially kicked off a team-up film for the two franchises.
X-Men and Spider-Man have always been linked, at least in the comic books. However, a multitude of reasons, especially Fox owning the mutants and Sony owning Spidey, have prevented a film mash up of the two. Those issues may soon be resolved in the planned fourth Amazing Spider-Man movie. Director Marc Webb said in an interview with Crave Online that he sees the potential for more characters to join the web slinger. Current Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, echoes those sentiments, specifically calling for an Avengers/Spidey team-up.
Unfortunately, Sony told Ain’t it Cool News they are “never ever ever” going to sell the rights to Spider-Man even to that magical place known as Disney (who owns Marvel). However, if that news does not deter Jackman, it should not deter fans.
“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,” he said. “I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.”
Jackman will return as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.