Tom Holland thinks that Spider-Man could defeat Wolverine. However, under one condition. On December 17th, Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in No Way Home. He will face the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Electro from 2002’s Spider-Man among the villains. The X-Men/mutants may be introduced in future films with an ever-evolving multiverse. These include Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Comic book movies like Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man helped usher in the Golden Age of Cinema. Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine is widely regarded as the most popular character to emerge from Fox’s subsequent franchises. After seven appearances as Weapon X, he made his final appearance as Wolverine in 2017’s R-rated Logan, which follows an aging Wolverine with adamantium poisoning. Disney/Marvel Studios’ acquisition of Fox makes it possible for Hugh Jackman and his fellow mutants (along with the Fantastic Four) to appear in the MCU.
Geek Culture Explained recently asked Holland if his web-slinger could compete with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. As an apparent fan of the genre, Holland’s response was well-informed and contained an important caveat. On how and why Spider-Man could defeat Wolverine, this is what Holland said:
“I’d beat up that old man [Logan]. [But if it’s] X-Men: Origins Wolverine, he’s going to batter me… I think Wolverine beats Spider-Man every single time because there’s no amount of battering that Spider-Man can do. And also, Spider-Man doesn’t kill people and Wolverine does. So that is a huge advantage to have in a fight. I don’t think that Peter Parker would kill Wolverine. Especially not Hugh Jackman.”
Logan showed that Wolverine should never be written off, not even when facing an impenetrable clone of himself or the might of Spider-Man. At the end of the film, Logan’s protagonist was killed by X-24 (but not before the latter met his demise as well). When Spider-enemies Man’s die fighting him, they’re pulled from the multiverse, which sets the stage for a return of other characters who’ve died elsewhere in the comics universe. A one-time appearance in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film is possible, but Jackman will likely leave Logan behind. One more Wolverine storyline would begin after that.
In a teaser for Free Guy earlier this year, Ryan Reynolds made his “MCU debut” alongside Korg, who has been eagerly awaiting a Deadpool/Wolverine crossover. In addition to Marvel Studios moving forth with Deadpool 3, Jon Watts, director of No Way Home, has been confirmed to direct a Fantastic Four film. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have been rumored to appear in the upcoming No Way Home, which could set a precedent for the future of the MCU.
As Wolverine, it’s hard for many people to imagine someone other than Hugh Jackman playing the character. One more MCU film awaits Holland after No Way Home before Sony’s rumored trilogy. This does not imply that Spider-Man and Wolverine will ever face each other, but possible. At the very least, they must share the same universe.