Zac Efron responds to rumors that he has been secretly cast as the MCU Wolverine despite announcements of Hugh Jackman’s return in Deadpool 3.
Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Studios in 2019 ensured the return of fan favorite comic characters like the X-men and the Fantastic Four to Marvel Studios, since then, fans have been patiently waiting for these comic heroes to be brought to life, the Marvel way. Although a Fantastic Four film is already in early stages of development with only a director attached thus far, the wait for an X-men film might take a little while longer than expected with Executive Producer, Kevin Feige already hinting that one won’t happen for a long time.
The lack of immediate plans for an X-men film hasn’t stopped the MCU from subtly teasing the existence of mutants in its universe, delighting fans and at the same time, fueling anticipation for the their arrival. Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness already gave us our first X-men sighting with Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier and all signs point to Wolverine being the second.
Ever since the fan favorite character was first teased with a small easter egg in the background of She-Hulk episode 2, several rumors have been flying around as to who might get called up to play the Wolverine. Then, out of nowhere, the announcement that veteran actor Hugh Jackman was returning to reprise the role one more time in the upcoming Deadpool 3 came, much to the excitement of fans.
Despite the announcement of Jackman’s impending return as the adamantium clawed hero, lots of fans still seem to believe that his return would be a one off appearance and a new, younger actor still needed to be cast and they seem to think, Jackman’s Greatest Showman co-star Zac Efron already got the part.
In a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Efron responded to these rumors. When Fallon asked whether he was aware of rumors that Marvel was seeking a “Zac Efron type” actor for the role or that he had been cast as Wolverine, Efron appeared open to joining the MCU although not specifically as Wolverine. See his response below;
“Wow, they could just call me. I think Hugh’s still doing that pretty well. I got to give him that.”
Should the MCU decide to opt for comic accuracy, a “Zac Efron type” does seem ideal for the part of Wolverine, given the actors height and physique but the odds of the High School Musical star getting cast does seem slim with other actors like Taron Egerton remaining a firm favorite to play Logan. However, if we have learnt anything from the MCU’s casting in recent years, its to never say never.
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