Will Wolverine join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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Answered by: Daniel, An Expert in the All Things Comic Books Category
Marvel have taken the cinematic world by storm by bringing their comic book characters to the big screen in their own Marvel Cinematic Universe, making previously little-known characters like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America massive cinematic properties in their own right.

Their first huge 'team-up' film 'The Avengers' broke records and their films have gone from strength to strength with 2014's 'Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier' absolutely setting the box office alight. Also this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron sequel is also expected to break one or two attendance records.

However it's the newly added Spider-Man that seems to have caused the most amount of interest because of the possibilities that have opened up as a result. Spider-Man is arguably Marvel's most recognisable comic book character but he was originally unable to appear in their films because Sony owned the cinematic rights to the character (hence Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb's duo of Amazing Spider-Man films).

Sony owning the Spidey rights prevented Spider-Man from appearing alongside Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow until very recently when the two film studios came to an agreement allowing the world's biggest superhero to star in the world's biggest comic book film franchise. But this has now brought about a newer question, if Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe then perhaps Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men can be too!

Currently Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men are owned by Fox, who are forging ahead with their own cinematic plans for the franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past recently hitting cinemas and X-Men: Apocalypse on its way. This means that they too can't appear in any Marvel films. Which means that Wolverine, who is a member of the Avengers in the comic books, cannot be a member of the Avengers on film.

However there's a chance that, like Spider-Man, Wolverine and company could find their way home? So will it happen? Well, the relationship between Fox and Marvel is notoriously shaky at the moment with Marvel Comics doing their best to phase out the popularity of the X-Men and fellow Fox owned superhero group, the Fantastic Four, in order to cheapen the value of the two film franchises. With that in mind it doesn't look likely that the two film studios would be able to amicably come to an agreement over letting Wolverine appear.

This is despite the overwhelming demand that originally applied to Spider-Man now shifting towards Wolverine as comic book and film fans desperately try to reunite all of Marvel's characters together to make the best comic book ensemble film possible. Even current Wolverine actor, Hugh Jackman, who has become a bit of an icon as Wolverine has stated that he'd love to see his character appear alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America in an Avengers/Marvel film.

But, if Marvel can get Spider-Man, something that many people thought would never happen, then there's absolutely no ignoring the possibility that miracles do happen and that Fox and Marvel could come to a similar agreement allowing Wolverine to join his fellow Avengers on the big screen for the biggest comic book film of all time! I'd suggest we all keep our fingers, or our adamantium claws crossed!

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