'The Wolverine' Almost Appeared in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' Reveals Hugh Jackman

The actor claims a missing costume was the sole reason why this amazing cross-over never happened.
Hugh Jackman was almost set to appear as Wolverine in 2002's Spider-Man
Hugh Jackman was almost set to appear as Wolverine in 2002's Spider-Man
It's no secret that the 2000 blockbuster X-Men helped pave the way for the wealth of comic book movies seen every year. Unlike in the comic books, however, we haven't seen any superheroes cross over into different franchises, although it almost happened in 2002's Spider-Man.

Hugh Jackman reveals that he was almost set to appear as Wolverine in director Sam Raimi's blockbuster, although it wasn't a studio or rights issue that prevented this from happening. Take a look at what the actor had to say, while promoting his upcoming thriller Prisoners.

"In the first Spider-Man -- Kevin Feige reminded me of this -- we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn't find the suit. The suit was stuck in some thing. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn't get it together.

So, you know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, 'Why not? Why can't we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?' And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what's great about it is they're just mashing together all the time -- and it's awesome. And people are like, 'Yeah, well, let's get this one with that!' And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it."


Would you have liked to see Wolverine pop up in Spider-Man? Are there any other superhero crossovers you would like to see in the future? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Spider-Man was released May 3rd, 2002 and stars Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Joe Manganiello. The film is directed by Sam Raimi.



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Comments (17)

  1. Brizzy

    @the-crow2k Aw man, I really loved TASM. Garfield portrayed both Spidey and Parker perfectly according to the comics.

    12 months agoby @BrizzyFlag

  2. The_Crow2k

    @Brizzy I left aside the 3rd one, but the potential was there. I still liked it with all it's flaws and mixed-ups that were going on, but I am fully aware of them. I still prefer it over TASM. Much much more.
    But yeah, Sony dropped the ball twice. Once with the 3rd film and after with TASM.

    12 months agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  3. Mr.K

    It would be a cool idea on paper but on execution, it is sure to be a miss. At least Wolvie and Spidey teamed in Ultimate Spider-Man and......... Ugh, f*ck that series.

    12 months agoby @mr-kFlag

  4. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus hahahaha too funny.

    12 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. Brizzy

    @the-crow2k Seriously dude? Even the third one? I mean it was a good movie but.. sheesh

    12 months agoby @BrizzyFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Bro, even Wolverine is burned out on Wolverine.

    12 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. The_Crow2k

    God, I miss the old trilogy. Thanks a lot Sony.

    12 months agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  8. skywise

    I love X Men as many of you know but I am really burned out on wolvie.

    12 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. Metalsfury

    GOT ANY HEROES FOR HIRE? I say that this would have been too conflicting to have Wolverine even as a cameo role in Spider-man. Maybe now would be cool, but in 2002 no way. A movie with Deadpool and The Punisher would be awesome!

    12 months agoby @metalheadfuryFlag

  10. Writer220

    almost isn't good enough, do or do not, there is no appearance.

    12 months agoby @writer220Flag

  11. artkid04

    or deadpool

    12 months agoby @artkid04Flag

  12. artkid04

    i would want wolverine to be in spiderman now!!!!

    12 months agoby @artkid04Flag

  13. OhhmeohhMy

    Cameo would have been fine. A full length part. Maybe not. 1 that might have been to many characters in this movie. 2 is it really Necessary. I mean I've seen him enough in movies and cameos so far. 3 I wonder it will be enough till we stop seeing him. Wolverine has already made a big impact in Hollywood cinama. Hugh Jackman has done a fine job. But I don't know how much I can take. Haha.

    12 months agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  14. The Real Goku

    Sounds dumb as f*ck! Wolverine isn't even Wolverine in his own movies. So how can we expect a good cameo in a PG13 Spider-Man movie??? We don't get all the rage and raw power as wolverine from the comics. We get the watered down, lover boy pg13 version of Logan. So I could care less

    12 months agoby @therealGokuFlag

  15. Hurts_feelings

    This potentially could have set up the crossovers that some of us want in motion. Our comic book movies today could've had a very different tone. Who knows when it's going to catch on, but if Superman 2 is successful, it could be soon.

    For instance, The Punisher has been done no justice and I think a pairing with other characters in the Universe (Spiderman, Wolverine, Daredevil), could put him and other difficult characters in a favorable spotlight.

    12 months agoby @hurts-feelingsFlag

  16. Gandoff

    It would have been nothing more then a cameo. Like when he did for X-Men First Class... So it would be a kool clip, with a wow factor. In 2002, it would have been seen more then what it was then when it is done now. Why? Because everyone knows that inside comic movies, they have special things just for that movie or story. And does not mean it transforms into a major plot or story change.

    12 months agoby @gandoffFlag