Ever since Hugh Jackman abandoned the claws of Wolverine after 2017’s Logan, there have been many rumors and fan theories on who could be the next Wolverine, especially after Disney purchased Fox and it is imminent that X-Men will eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The only actor who was confirmed to reprise the role from Fox’s X-Men franchise in Marvel Cinematic Universe is Ryan Reynolds, who is set to return as Deadpool, but what about the X-Men?
You know how they say: There are three Spider-Men, six Batmen, but only one Wolverine. And that is definitely true, at least for now. Hugh Jackman debuted as Wolverine in 2000’s original X-Men movie, and he played the role until 2017’s Logan. Seventeen years! That is six years longer than RDJ’s eleven years as Iron Man, and Tom Hiddleston is now also in his eleventh year as Loki. Samuel L. Jackson played Nick Fury for the last 14 years, since the beginning of the MCU.
These are all long-running actors who played a role in superhero franchises, but no one managed to beat Hugh Jackman yet. Okay, to be fair, Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe last year reprised the roles of Spider-Man and Green Goblin which they first played in 2002, which was 20 years ago, but they didn’t reprise their roles as much as Hugh Jackman did during his 17 years as Wolverine.
Okay, this was a pretty long introduction to the article, but let’s return to the main subject: Who will be the next Wolverine? The fans have had several choices during the last few years, and some choices were even Tom Hardy and Daniel Radcliffe. Considering that Hardy already plays the role of Venom in Sony’s Spider-Man universe, it’s unlikely that he’ll be the next Wolverine, but there’s one candidate that came from the shadows, and apparently, he had a meeting with Marvel Studios about potentially playing the role.
Taron Egerton, a Welsh actor best known for the role of Eggsy in the Kingsman franchise, the voice role of Jonny in Sing duology, and the role of Elton John in Rocketman, recently had a meeting with Marvel Studios, according to the exclusive report from ComicBook.com. When he was asked if he’d like to become an X-Men, he shortly replied: “I’d love to.”
Egerton was previously already mentioned as being one of the candidates for the next Wolverine. A couple of years back, Egerton said that he wouldn’t be against playing the role, but connecting him with the role of MCU’s Wolverine never became something more than a mere rumor. Of course, it’s still technically a rumor, and it will probably take some time before the new Wolverine actor is officially announced. But whoever that would be, he’s going to have a very tough job. Replacing huge Hugh Jackman in the role of his lifetime, that is both an honor and a challenge.
Who is your choice to play the MCU’s Wolverine?