Ever since the Fox/Disney merger placed some of the most iconic super saviors — the X-Men and the Fantastic Four — at Kevin Feige’s disposal, fans have been wondering how the heroes would join the already existing Avengers. From leaks concerning Doctor Doom and Galactus to others centering on The Thing and Johnny Storm, the insider reports surrounding the MCU have maintained a steady pace since before Comic-Con.
While fans are curious about several previously owned Fox entities, Wolverine is at the center of several conversations. Will Hugh Jackman reprise the role for a Hulk vs. Wolverine installment, or was Henry Cavill meeting with Marvel to discuss a potential turn as Logan? While Hugh Jackman’s future involvement in the MCU remains unknown, new information points to X-23 having a major role in the MCU’s upcoming iteration.
If you do not remember X-23, she was Wolverine’s clone/adopted daughter in Logan, portrayed by Dafne Keen in the 2017 film. Keen is also known for starring in the television series The Refugees. However, whether the same actress will take the mantle remains unclear. Let’s dig to the bottom of this leak, and see what we know so far about a young, female wolverine taking center stage in the MCU’s approach to the X-Men.
Everything we know about a female Wolverine in the MCU
We Got This Covered has recently been informed that both Wolverine and X-23 are slated to appear in the MCU. However, in a fashion similar to Hawkeye and Kate Bishop, Wolverine will — soon after their concurrent appearance — pass the mantle to X-23, setting up the younger mutant to fill his shoes. According to the insider, Marvel Studios has major plans for X-23; she will likely be a significant player in the entire franchise moving forward (if all goes to the alleged plan).
In terms of credibility, the insider who provided this information also knew that Tom Welling was returning to “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and that Taskmaster would be the main villain in the upcoming Black Widow movie, both of which have turned out to be accurate.
Considering so many movies have focused on Wolverine, and Logan’s internal journey, it should come as no surprise that the MCU plans to take off from a different starting point. Using Wolverine to introduce the character could work, as fans may be more willing to accept the transition if the iconic savior is the one to surrender his role. However, would it work without Hugh Jackman?
While this plan seems all fine and dandy, seeing a different actor play Wolverine for a brief moment, merely to pass on the responsibility to someone else, feels cheap. If the MCU lands Jackman, it’s a golden plan. If not, those over at Marvel Studios will likely return to the drawing board, aware that such an absence, in such a pivotal narrative moment, would cause the scene to fall utterly flat.
Regardless of Jackman’s appearance, the move is risky. Fans have a preconceived notion of who and what Wolverine is, as we’ve seen the same face and disposition tied to the character for nearly two decades. Marvel likely hopes that by, completely changing who and what Wolverine is, fans will not compare the new one to the original.