“Logan” is bound to be a bittersweet affair for most moviegoers. Hugh Jackman has repeatedly announced that this is his last go as the razor-sharp clawed mutant Wolverine after appearing in nine movies spanning an impressive 17 years. But, as CBR has previously reported, Jackman would reconsider his retirement on a single condition: if Wolverine was allowed to crossover with the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But since the character rights are mixed up in legal woes between Marvel Studios and Fox, it prevents such an exciting prospect from ever happening. It’s highly unlikely that we will ever get to see Wolverine walk into Avengers tower and put his cigar out on their pristine floors. But this still won’t stop us from daydreaming about what might have been. Here is a list of the 15 Wolverine/MCU encounters we wish we could have witnessed.
15. WOLVERINE AND IRON MAN
Remember that scene in “The Incredible Hulk” when Tony Stark walks into a bar, meets up with General Ross and tells him the famous “What if I told you we’re putting a team together…” line. Now just imagine that same scene, in that same bar, but Stark isn’t talking to Ross. He’s talking to Wolverine. Now, there’s a good chance Logan would give the same exact answer he gave Professor X and Magneto in his very own bar scene back in “X-Men: First Class,” “Go $#!@ yourself!” Nevertheless, there is no denying that this is something everyone would have greatly enjoyed.
As the most recognizable characters from their respective universes, the interaction between Wolverine and Iron Man is one that everyone who has ever seen a Marvel movie, Studios or Fox, would be looking forward to. These two characters have very distinct personalities that would no doubt clash with disagreements that would light up the screen. One can only imagine all the quips Stark would throw Logan’s way, from criticizing his mutton chops, his peculiar hair and the fact that his codename is that of a small hairy animal.
14. WOLVERINE AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS
Wolverine is well-known for being nearly immortal. As we’ve seen from his previous movies, he has been through every major war that humanity has waged. But there is one major real-world conflict in particular that some of the MCU characters have fought through: World War II. In “Captain America: The First Avenger,” viewers were introduced to the Howling Commandos, Captain America’s foremost team to take on the evil forces of Hydra and the Red Skull.
Just like readers have seen in the comics, it would have only made organic sense to tie these two together. As an experienced soldier with a very useful mutation, Logan would have made a great addition or ally to the line-up of the Commandos, and it would have been a treat to see him bond with the likes of Bucky, Dum Dum Dugan and Captain America himself. A series of flashbacks would have been a great opportunity to show us the storied past that the deadliest mutant in the world shared with the world’s greatest war heroes.
13. WOLVERINE AND SPIDER-MAN
After “Captain America: Civil War,” Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is the newest and youngest addition to the MCU, and it would have been fascinating to see him have a heart-to-heart discussion with the man who has lived through more than his fair share of tragedies. As one of the X-Men’s field leaders, not to mention teachers (art and history, apparently), Logan knows his way around love-sick, angry and lost teenagers.
Peter Parker is known to keep a chipper attitude as hardships pile up on top of him, but we all know that deep down, it actually all gets to him. Logan would have been the perfect man to guide Peter through all of that, and make him realize how strong he is. And this isn’t even mentioning the absolute visual delight it would be to see the both of them battle side-by-side, trading jokes and strategies, using each other’s strengths against their opponents. And then, to cap it all off, a legendary fist bump.
12. WOLVERINE VS. DRAX THE DESTROYER
While the X-Men haven’t taken a trip through the cosmos (yet), the MCU has taken us to the Nine Realms and the furthest reaches of space. We’re not exactly sure how “Avengers: Infinity War” will tie this all together, but there is no doubt in our minds that there will be some tensions between the Earth heroes and the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” At the forefront of this world-shattering encounter, the probability of Logan coming to blows with Drax the Destroyer would have been extremely likely.
Starting with Logan calling him “bub” and Drax answering “My name is not Bub!” with his usual brand of witless charm, we would have been curious to see if The Destroyer’s daggers would have been a match for Wolverine’s adamantium claws. That battle would have been epic, and it would have been absolutely brutal. Having the rest of the Guardians and Avengers scramble to keep them off of each other would have been icing on an already delicious cake.
11. WOLVERINE AND NICK FURY
While Nick Fury has so far appeared in seven movies and two episodes of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” we know surprisingly very little about the character. Save for an intriguing bit of backstory given to us in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” involving Robert Redford’s character Alexander Pierce, Fury is a character with a very mysterious past. The introduction of Wolverine would have been a golden opportunity to shed some light in the mysterious past of the the ex-director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Like the Howling Commandos, Fury is a character who could have had a shared past with Logan, and a flashback sequence showing an encounter they had back in the 1970s or 80s would have given us a look not only of Fury in his prime, but his involvement in the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D., something we only got a small taste of in the opening scene of Ant-Man. Besides that, this sequence could have given us the answer to the longest running mystery in the MCU: How exactly did Nick Fury come to lose his eye?
10. WOLVERINE AND SCARLET WITCH
In the comic books, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are famously known for being the children of the mutant Magneto. In the movie universe, there is little we actually know of Pietro and Wanda’s parentage. We know they were Sokovians and that their parents were killed at the hands of a Stark Industries missile. But could they have been adopted? Could the reason they both survived Baron Strucker’s experiments with the Mind Stone be that they had something dormant inside of them, something that was unlocked?
At a moment where the Scarlet Witch is still dealing with her brother’s death, Logan’s arrival could have brought answers, and maybe even a retcon, establishing her as a mutant and not just, as Strucker put it, a “miracle.” They could have easily bonded over their troubled pasts and the rage that is inside of them, and the notion that both of them can unleash unimaginable carnage if they only let themselves. With that reassurance, Logan could have become a strong father figure for Wanda.
9. WOLVERINE AND LUKE CAGE
Wolverine is a character that has been through many horrors. He’s the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. He’s lost friends and loves and he’s killed more people than he can count. While he may not remember most of it, he carries with him that burden like a heavy cross, a darkness in his eyes that Hugh Jackman always brilliantly conveys. Who else could help him overcome some of that darkness but Mike Colter’s “Luke Cage?”
As we have learned in his very own Netflix series, Carl Lucas is a man who was wrongly imprisoned, hunted and betrayed by the woman he loved and lost.; a man who manages, despite all of that, to move forward. A relationship between Logan and him would have been one of mutual respect. Cage is a character with a strong heart, one who manages to inspire those around him. A heartfelt conversation between the two over a few dozen beers could have only ended one way: “Forward… Always.”
8. WOLVERINE VS. GHOST RIDER
This past September, viewers welcomed Ghost Rider in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with open arms. With his burning chain and flaming skull, it was great to finally see him “home,” interacting with Phil Coulson and the rest of the team. Gabriel Luna brought us a great version of the Spirit of Vengeance, one always struggling with his inner demon, teetering on the brink of letting the monster out.
With the Ghost Rider always hunting for souls to punish — evil people like killers — it’s not difficult to imagine that meeting Wolverine would strike up a red flag for the demonic force. With Logan not being the most level-headed of characters, we could easily see him roar his way into the flames. A confrontation between the two would have been a sight to behold. Hellfire, chain and claws would clash, and with both characters seemingly unkillable, neither of them would have to hold back. They would both bring the hurt worthy of an R-rated movie.
7. WOLVERINE AND BLACK WIDOW
Rarely have we ever seen Natasha Romanoff do what she does best. As a super spy and assassin, her opening scene in “The Avengers” was one of the only times where we got to see her fully unleashed, in her element and in absolute control of a situation. A team-up with Wolverine would have been a great time to go back to a darker, deadlier Black Widow. Both of these characters know the cost of killing as much as they understand its necessity in the world they live in.
Whether it would be in the present or the past, we could have seen Natasha take on a solo mission in Madripoor, a location well-known to comic readers. How great would it have been to see Widow and Wolverine take on the forces of an organization like the Hand, and see them cut loose, shooting and slicing their way through hordes of ninjas. Since both characters care known as quiet types, not much would be said between them, but both would understand and support the other, in their own endearing ways.
6. WOLVERINE VS. DAREDEVIL
One of the highlights of the second season of Netflix’ “Daredevil” was seeing the ideologies of Matt Murdock and Frank Castle clash head-on. Now, imagine that brilliant intensity cranked up to eleven with Wolverine thrown into the mix. In similar fashion, Logan could have found himself in Hell’s Kitchen, either on personal or X-Men business, only to have to come to blows with The Man Without Fear.
As a devout catholic, Murdock doesn’t take too kindly to killing, having himself struggled with crossing that line for a long time. Since Logan doesn’t share that sentiment, it would have been fascinating to see how Daredevil would have handled himself against someone just as dangerous as The Punisher, but with none of his weaknesses. Logan’s heightened senses are rarely used on-screen, but this would have been a perfect time to highlight them, and test their mettle against Daredevil’s own powerful senses.
5. WOLVERINE VS. THE HULK
Since Wolverine’s first ever comic book appearance happened all the way back in “The Incredible Hulk” #181 (1974), where the two heroes fought mercilessly, this is a cinematic confrontation every comic book fan would anticipate with bated breath. With the both of them being creatures fueled by rage, there would be no stone left unturned in what would undoubtedly be the most brutal and exciting fight ever to take place in the MCU.
No matter the reason or the circumstances, there is no doubt that this extremely popular pairing would find themselves at each other’s throats. While we’ve seen the Hulk go at it against the Abomination, a monster of his own ilk, Thor and Iron Man, a fight with the Wolverine would blow all of his previous encounters out of the water. Since both heroes are equipped with the ability to heal rapidly, this would be a rare opportunity to see someone get the better of the Hulk, yet subsequently see him double-down in kind.
4. WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA
As something close to an immortal, Wolverine has a lot in common with Steve Rogers. Both are men out of time, and both are veterans of the biggest, greatest war mankind has ever known. As previously mentioned in this list, having Wolverine be a part of the MCU would have meant seeing him battle Nazis at the side of the Howling Commandos. But while this would have occurred in the past, we could have seen Steve and Logan reconnect in the present.
After a tumultuous reunion with Bucky ended with him getting back in cryo-sleep and the recent loss of his long time love Sharon Carter, Logan would have been one of the last remaining threads to connect Steve with his past. After the earth-shattering events of “Captain America: Civil War,” a time where Steve could be at his most vulnerable, it would have been a wonderful surprise to see reinforcements arrive with a simple line: “Hey bub, it’s been a while.”
3. WOLVERINE AND THE “NEW” NEW AVENGERS
Phase three of the MCU ends with “Infinity War” and its still untitled sequel. We know this. But what about what comes next? With the arrival of Wolverine, we could have seen the formation of a new team, one very well-known to comic readers. As introduced in Brian Michael Bendis’ “New Avengers” run, the fallout of “Infinity War” could have led to Wolverine joining ranks with Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and the Immortal Iron Fist.
With the addition of Daredevil to round out the full Netflix “Defenders” quartet, we would have had a new super-team who could give the original Avengers a run for their money. The New Avengers team are known for their witty banter and seeing all of these actors play off of each other in group sequences would have been nothing short of fantastic. No action sequences would have been necessary here. Just a table, a few take-out cartons, and someone mentioning that Spider-Man is too young to have a beer.
2. WOLVERINE VS. THANOS
Let’s be clear. With the Infinity Gauntlet in his possession, Thanos would only have to snap his fingers and there would be no more Logan. But forget the Gauntlet and the Infinity Stones. Take these two characters, in the middle of a New York street, flames all around, Thanos smiling. While the Avengers have been a thorn in his side, humans are beneath him. They are puny, and he’s only after them so that he can get what he really wants: to impress Death. But Wolverine is no mere human.
“I’ve seen death. More times than I could count,” Logan would answer. “She’s not worth it.” As the world faces oblivion, Wolverine would stand between Thanos and his victory. We’ve seen Wolverine face all kinds of villains and emerge victorious, but we’ve never seen him face someone like the Mad Titan. There would be no telling how this battle would turn out, but one thing is certain, we would all be biting our nails off in anticipation, rooting for our favorite mutant to somehow find a way to win.
1. WOLVERINE VS. THE AVENGERS
One of the most exciting scenes in movie history was seeing “The Avengers” team-up for the very first time, in a heroic shot. And while adding Wolverine, claws out, to a group shot like that would send almost anyone into a frenzy, there is something else we all would want to see more; something fans would make wagers about and something they would endlessly debate the outcome of. A crazed, berserker Wolverine, immune to empathy or reason, against the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America.
Similarly to a situation where the Hulk was manipulated in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” we could have seen the Wolverine turned on the Avengers. With his healing factor, there’s nothing much the Avengers could throw that would stop him. To see his indestructible adamantium claws clash with Captain America’s vibranium shield, Thor’s hammer and Iron Man’s armor would be something everyone would be excited to see unfold onscreen. Seeing our favorite heroes fight is a staple of the genre, and with good reason. It’s pure entertainment.
Which Wolverine/MCU encounters would you want to see in a perfect world? Let us know in the comments!
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