The MCU and its fans are all for ready to see its first mutants pop up in some movies. It’s been 22 years since we saw Wolverine as the first mutant to ever begin its chain of X-Men movies. As time progressed, the Fox Universe brought a storyline that somehow ended drastically for Fox with the Pheonix storyline. It was pretty much post-the movie; the rights to the X-Men fell with Disney and Marvel Studios.
During the start of the MCU in 2008, Marvel Studios had to be very careful about which characters they could use and what they could say about them. Over the years, Marvel had sold the movie rights to many of its best-known characters, like Wolverine and Spider-Man, so they could make them into movies. With Kevin Feige now in charge of the Marvel brand, Marvel Studios is working on MCU reboots of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. This comes after the Spider-Man trilogy came to an end. It was hard for the studio to cast these heroes because they had so many iconic performances, like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, which made them some of the hardest casting decisions they’ve ever had to make.
Between buying Fox and making a deal with Sony, Disney has put together its Infinity Gauntlet of Marvel licenses again. Rumors are circulating that Wolverine will be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness soon. This has sparked a debate over who should play the Mutants as well as Marvel’s first family in the MCU. Recently, a popular fan-cast for the Adamantium Mutant has said something about the rumors, and it doesn’t sound very good at all.
Radcliffe talked to Phase Zero at the SXSW premiere of The Lost City; about rumors that he might play Wolverine in the MCU. When asked if he knew anything about fan-casting, Radcliffe said:
“I don’t know anything about it”
The Harry Potter actor said he was grateful to be in the viral conversation; but he didn’t think people would go from Hugh Jackman to him afterward. He asked Marvel to prove him wrong, but he didn’t think they would.
“So many people come up to me like, ‘Hey man, I heard the Wolverine news, that’s really cool.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, it’s not, I don’t know anything about it.’
After Hugh Jackman played Wolverine for almost two decades; whoever takes on the role next has some big shoes to fill. When the X-Men are rebooted for the MCU; the Mutant Hero will almost certainly be the most difficult for Kevin Feige and his team; to find the right guy for the role.
“Like, I appreciate that somebody has clearly gone, ‘Wolverine is actually short in the comic books, we should get a short guy to do it.’ But I don’t see them going from Hugh Jackman to me afterward, but who knows. Prove me wrong, Marvel.”
Daniel Radcliffe has been interested in Adamantium for a long time, mostly because he is so small. Other than that, he doesn’t look like Wolverine at all. Wolverine has always been shown to have a temper that matches his height and be a bit of a killer; which isn’t something that Daniel Radcliffe could pull off. His acting skills are undeniable, but Wolverine is something more of a serious character that might not work for him. Other popular superhero fan-casts for Radcliffe have been Nightcrawler, Nova, and Constantine, all of which would be better fits for him.
No one knows where Wolverine will first show up in the MCU; but some reports say that a non-Jackman Variant will show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Whether or not the rumors are true; it’s not clear if this would be a one-off Variant cameo or; the proper introduction of the first Mutant in the MCU. Examining other candidates for Wolverine in the MCU; Taron Egerton from Kingsman, Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead, and even Scott Eastwood from Suicide Squad; have been some of the most popular.
It could be as soon as this year’s San Diego Comic-Con or D23 conventions that casting news for some new heroes comes out. Until then, fans will have to wait a long time for The Mutants to come out in a theater.