Earlier this month, Rocketman and Kingsman actor Taron Egerton recently spoke with HeartBreakfast (via DigitalSpy) about online rumblings that he could end up putting on the claws as Marvel Studios’ Wolverine, downplaying the validity calling them “unfounded” while also suggesting he might be interested in the part.
EGERTON: “That one I think is just a rumour. As far as I’m aware it’s unfounded. I don’t know if I’m quite grisly enough. I mean, if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let’s go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”
Egerton is said to be returning for a third untitled Kingsman movie for Fox/Disney according to director Matthew Vaughn, which could begin shooting later this year or in early 2020.
Interesting enough, Taron’s Rocketman co-star Richard Madden has reportedly landed the Ikaris role in Marvel’s upcoming movie The Eternals, directed by Chole Zhao.
Well, this tidbit seemed to catch the attention of The Ultimates, Kingsman, Kick-Ass, and Old Man Logan’s Mark Millar, who recently took to Twitter to endorse Taron as Wolverine.
From 2002. Always remember I'm never wrong. PS Taron Egerton will be the next Wolverine 🙂 https://t.co/6OtsLbnWqu
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) July 15, 2019
A younger version of Wolverine played by Tom Hardy almost made it into Matthew Vaughn’s unmade second X-Men film and his version of X-Men: Days of Future Past, before he left to make Kingsman: The Secret Service instead handing over directing duties to Bryan Singer. This was revealed by Vaughn himself back in May while speaking with ComingSoon.
VAUGHN: “That’s one of the reasons I didn’t continue because they didn’t listen to me. My plan was First Class, then the second film was new young Wolverine in the 70s to continue those characters, my version of the X-Men. So you’d really get to know all of them, and my finale was gonna be Days of Future Past. That was gonna be my number three where you bring them all… because what’s bigger than bringing in McKellen and Michael and Stewart and James and bringing them all together?”
“When I finished the Days of Future Past script with it ready to go I looked at it and said, ‘I really think it would be fun to cast Tom Hardy or someone as the young Wolverine and then bring it all together at the end’. Fox read Days of Future Past and went ‘Oh, this is too good! We’re doing it now!’ And I said, ‘Well what do you do next? Trust me you’ve got nowhere to go’. Then they did Apocalypse and it’s like… If you flip that ’round even it would have been better. Hollywood doesn’t understand pacing. Their executives are driving 100 miles-per-hour looking in the rear-view mirror and not understanding why they crash.”
Former Wolverine Hugh Jackman and Taron previously co-starred together in Dexter Fletcher’s sports biopic comedy Eddie The Eagle.
While Kevin Feige has stated that Marvel’s five-year plan currently doesn’t include the main X-Men movie, when and where Wolverine is introduced is another matter. Considering he’s the face of the franchise to a global audience has said to be a priority to the studio at one point. He could get a similar introduction to the MCU as Spider-Man did.
SOURCE: HEART BREAKFAST & MARK MILLAR