Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to bring the notion of parallel universes to the frontline, which means that variants of Superheroes from previous films could show up in the film like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, pitting Benedict Cumberbatch’s Wizard Divine and Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff against one another.
This excitement was heightened once it was revealed that the MCU could now employ Marvel characters from Fox, such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four. This may also imply that a multiverse film, such as the Doc Strange sequel, could feature iconic characters like Michael Fassbender’s Magneto and Evan Peters’ Quicksilver.
Although if he makes his MCU debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there have already been rumors that fans are eager to see Jackman’s avatar return. After a tweet indicated that Marvel intended Jackman to come for a moment in the second Doctor Strange film, but arrangements fell down, it appears that they had the same concept.
Furthermore, Jackman stated that he really is comfortable with the notion of some other actor who plays Logan in the MCU, confessing that he recognized “it was the perfect moment for him to jump ship” during 2017’s Logan.
However, it appears that Hugh Jackman’s return to the Marvel universe is on the verge of happening.
Marvel allegedly wanted Hugh Jackman to reprise his role as Logan for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, however, preparations fell through for several reasons, according to Twitter user @ViewerAnon. The initial plot called for a duel involving Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, with the latter eventually defeating the latter.
And since we're talking, last year I hinted that LOGAN might be not be Hugh Jackman's last performance as Wolverine. That's because they wanted him for DOCTOR STRANGE 2 to fight Wanda (and get his ass decimated). Apparently it didn't end up happening.
— VA (@ViewerAnon) August 26, 2021
“Last year I hinted that LOGAN might not be Hugh Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine. That’s because they wanted him for DOCTOR STRANGE 2 to fight Wanda (and get his ass decimated). Apparently, it didn’t end up happening.”
Daniel Richtman, a film expert, directly replied with “Yup,” implying that it was the initial idea for the Doctor Strange movie.
This follows recent speculation from Richtman, who stated that throughout the sequels, the Scarlet Witch will be up against “somebody from the Fox-Verse.”
Although supporters should treat this idea with a pinch of salt, most would agree that Marvel Studios should at the very least approach Hugh Jackman about a possible comeback, especially given the performer’s outstanding performance as Wolverine in Fox’s X-Men movie.
Nevertheless, it’s conceivable that Hugh declined the role because he didn’t want his Logan to die at the hands of the Scarlet Witch. If that’s the truth, some people believe Jackman’s comeback will be lessened because it will be his final appearance as that of the supporter creature.
Surprisingly, a battle between both the Scarlet Witch and Wolverine took place in the columns of Marvel Universe, so it didn’t go really well either. The battle occurred during What If –? (1989) #25, when a possessed Wanda Maximoff savagely killed Wolverine by converting his atoms into anti-matter, as noted by Screen Rant.
This demonstrates Wanda’s insane power capabilities, and it’s fair to expect a similar sequence in Multiverse of Madness to further solidify the Avenger’s domination.
During this time, it’s unclear whether Jackman would reprise his role as Wolverine in a future MCU film like Deadpool 3 or a multiverse movie such as Secret Wars. Whereas the X-Men star stated previously that if Disney had purchased Fox earlier, he would have continued playing Wolverine for the MCU, it appears that Jackman is content to watch a reinvented Wolverine from the outside.
On March 25, 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released worldwide.