I’ll be the first to admit that I loved Wolverine under the guiding hand of Jackman, and while I didn’t shed a tear as his story come to a close in Logan, I was sad.
But! Wolverine is 5’3″ in the comics; a whole foot shorter than the Australian hunk. He’s also very hairy all over – like an actual wolverine thing? – and if it’s not obvious that a more suitable replacement would be Danny Devito who, standing at 4’10”, is only five inches off the mark, then you’re not thinking hard enough.
“Oh but Alfie, Danny Devito’s 75-years-old. Wolverine is supposed to be more or less ageless.”
You’ve seen what they can do with computers these days?! They’ve made Robert De Niro young in The Irishman! They could definitely send Devito to the gym and then airbrush away the wrinkles. That’s Hollywood, baby.
Agreeing with me – although I’m more agreeing with them because they got there first – are 50,000 people who signed the Change.org petition to see the diminutive actor cast as the mutant in any upcoming X-Men/Wolverine film.
Now that the rights are back with Marvel Studios under Disney, it’s only a matter of time until they introduce the new roster of superheroes to the MCU, so they’ll be casting soon or maybe even now behind closed doors.
Sadly this is dangerously unlikely to happen, with the liked of Taron Egerton or Scott Eastwood being more likely, but I do have a solution for all parties…
Perhaps in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness or a similar film in the MCU, the concept of mutants could be introduced or maybe even by then we’ll already have a Wolverine. The multiverse in the name could be similar to the one in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where there’s potentially infinite versions of the same character.
With that in mind, delving into this multiverse in the MCU could show other versions of established characters, maybe even for split seconds, and one of them being a Danny Devito Wolverine; just as a throwaway joke. Think Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok.
We could briefly travel to another dimension, see Devito as Wolverine, essentially being Danny Devito but fighting a clone army or something and then immediately leave. The people get what they want and then we return to the normal Wolverine.
Give the people what they want.
Images via Change.org, Fox
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow