No wonder Hugh Jackman’s been so evangelical about crossovers between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios, at one point he was all set to claw up and charge onto the set of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in full Wolverine garb.
“In the first Spider-Man – Kevin Feige reminded me of this – we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something,” Jackman told The Huffington Post.
“The problem was, we couldn’t find the suit. The suit was stuck in some thing. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn’t get it together. So, you know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, ‘Why not? Why can’t we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?’ And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows.
“But in the comic-books, what’s great about it is they’re just mashing together all the time – and it’s awesome. And people are like, ‘Yeah, well, let’s get this one with that!’ And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it.”
The suit thing’s a little odd, but coming before he vested it up in X2 – Spider-Man was released 2002 while the first X-Men film was 2000 – they were perhaps going to make a bigger deal of Wolverine’s leather combat gear than eventually wound up being the case.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is released on 18 July 2014. You can buy X-Men: The Ultimate Collection on Blu-ray for £26.24 at Amazon.co.uk.