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The Boys Star Karl Urban Addresses Fan Demands For Wolverine Casting

Karl Urban, who starred in The Boys and Star Trek, answers to X-Men fans on the internet who think he should play Wolverine in the MCU

It was the year 2000 when Hugh Jackman brought the legendary Marvel Character Wolverine to life on the big screen in the movie launching franchise X-Men. He would go on to play the character eight more times, with his final farewell coming in the iconic movie Logan in 2017. And even though that movie was suppose to be Hugh Jackman's farewell to the iconic character, (I hope not) Wolverine will for sure grace our screens again in the MCU when the time is right. Because as a result of the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney. Fans have their own opinions about who should replace Hugh Jackman as the haughty and super-powered Wolverine. Some of the stars mentioned as possible new Wolverines, such as Jason Momoa and Tom Hardy, seem implausible because they've previously starred in other comic book films. Some actors, such as Keanu Reeves and Brad Pitt, look more realistic because they aren't linked to any established series. Then there are apparent wild cards like Daniel Radcliffe, who has become a popular Wolverine fan casting name for some reason.


Urban, from The Boys and Star Trek, has emerged as an unlikely frontrunner in fans' Wolverine fantasies. When told lately about his regular Logan fan-casting on sites like Reddit (which the actor claims he has never heard of), Urban was amused but then dismissed the concept completely (via The Guardian). He stated:

“Oh really? It’s flattering, but you have to rationally think about it. I’m what, two years younger than Hugh Jackman? [It is closer to four years.] I mean, if I was a studio looking to cast someone as Wolverine, I’d pick someone I’ll get three films out of. You’re not going to get three films out of Karl Urban unless you want a 65-year-old Wolverine.

Of course, Urban could just be demonstrating his humility by listing points why himself wouldn't make a good Wolverine. The reality that he is quite mature is hardly a strong reason against his portraying Logan, since being a little older and weathered revealed to have been an asset rather than a problem for Jackman in the part. Furthermore, fans are likely to focus on Urban as Wolverine because he is the perfect age to perform the part in the same manner that Hugh Jackman did, as a grumpy and world-weary elder superhero who is compelled to continue in the battle against his will.


However, it remains to be seen whether Disney agrees with fans on the type of actor who would be most suited to bring Wolverine back to the big screen when The X-Men ultimately join the MCU. Urban may have a point when he thinks the studio will look for a younger actor to play Wolverine in order to make him a permanent part of the MCU. On the other hand, perhaps Disney will side with fans in understanding that when it comes to Wolverine, maturity is actually a positive thing, and go against what appears to be the logical commercial decision of being young and new.


Source: The Guardian

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