There's been a lot of talk as to who should be the next actor to portray Wolverine, this time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Actors like Taron Egerton seem to be a favorite amongst fans but although he says that the fan casting flatters him, he hasn't been approached by Marvel Studios for the coveted X-Men role. Now, someone who is fairly familiar with the MCU is stepping up to the plate and wants to be Hugh Jackman's successor.Westworld
actor Luke Hemsworth, the older brother of Thor
star Chris Hemsworth has expressed his desire to become the MCU's claw-slashing and cigar-smoking outlaw. Speaking with ScreenRant
, Luke shared that playing Wolverine is definitely on his list. He said: "I would love to. I grew up with them. I learned to draw through comic books, copying comic books since I was about 10 years old. Spawn was a big one for; I really loved Todd McFarlane's Spawn. And then Batman - I would have fought Rob Pattinson for those gauntlets. And Wolverine! I'm like, 'Come on, just pass them on, mate. Let's give it to another Aussie.' I'll have to grow some chest hair, but I'm ready for Wolverine."
Chris' older brother has actually appeared in the MCU. In 2017's Thor: Ragnarok
, Luke portrayed an actor playing Thor opposite Matt Damon's Loki during the film's comedic "The Tragedy of Loki" scene wherein the God of Mischief himself pulled an Odin disguise. Now, I personally think that Luke fits the bill considering he isn't as tall as Jackman and he sorta has that intensity in his face. A common nitpick amongst X-Men
fans is how we've yet to see a comic-accurate Logan. Sure, Luke's not short enough but I think he has the look.
As it stands, Marvel Studios is obviously in no rush to introduce the mutants to their shared universe considering their already stacked film and series lineup, but I'm pretty sure Kevin Feige and his team are already working something out this early in the game. But don't expect them to unveil X-Men-related stuff anytime soon and by the looks of it, their top priority as of now is how to bring Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool to the Marvel Cinematic Universe first, before anything else.
Fox's X-Men saga ended with The New Mutants.
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