At a press conference promoting his upcoming film Chappie, Hugh Jackman was asked about his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies in light of several recent announcements about other comic movies.
Jackman said he thinks since Marvel has built a bridge with Sony in bringing the Spider-Man franchise into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the same could happen with Fox, who owns the film rights to the X-Men (and Fantastic Four). Here’s how he explained it to Yahoo Movies:
"I’m surprised by what’s happened with Spider-Man joining. You’re in a very complex world where big, big sums of money are being spent for different franchises and so getting them together is difficult.
Two years ago I’d have said you’d be a real optimist to think it’d ever happen, but weirdly now I just think it maybe could. I think there is the possibility that it will happen."
What Jackman may not realize, however, is that the relationship between Marvel and Fox is far more strained than it is between Marvel and Sony. Either way, Jackman is hopeful that something could happen.
"You know, I think as an optimist I would love it,” he said. “That’s the best thing about comic books; you can just pitch these characters into each other.”
Chappie director Neil Blomkamp also asked the audience, including Jackman, how a battle between Batman and Wolverine would play out..
"What about Christian Bale's Batman versus Wolverine?," said Blomkamp. "Guess without his technology [Wolverine] would cut him up. Maybe if he was in the Tumbler..."
Jackman reportedly responded quick on his feet, saying that Wolverine would make short work of the Dark Knight.
"We could try and stretch the movie out, beyond a short. But I'm guessing it'd be a short film," Jackman added comically.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, while X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters in 2016.