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The MCU is about to throw the multiverse wide open with the upcoming release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, bringing together characters from across Marvel history. Rumors have pointed to dozens of potential heroes and villains coming into play – everyone from Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool to a new version of Wolverine, and that’s just the beginning.
One of the major themes of the movie causing massive excitement in the fandom is the possibility of Marvel Studios finally introducing a version of the X-Men, even if it’s via variants. Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier is all but confirmed to play a role in the Illuminati, which could kick off the MCU’s long-awaited inclusion of Mutants into the overall narrative.
In keeping with that X-Men theme, there’s a rumor that this movie will give MCU fans their first look at a new version of James Logan, though it probably won’t be Hugh’s iteration. Jackson from the FoX-Men series. Now, there may be a little more fuel in this adamantium fire thanks to the man behind a mutant with well-known ties to the hairy Canadian hero.
Rob Liefeld teasing Wolverine in Doctor Strange 2?
Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld took to Twitter to address rumors of Wolverine appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Comics Jim Viscardi shared an image of Wolverine’s live-action cartoon-accurate costume, teasing his reaction when he finally makes his movie debut with three “stunning” emojis:
“One day we will have #Wolverine in a costume true to the comics. When it comes…”
liefeld quote-Tweeted Viscardi’s tweet with the question “Is a day on May 5???” May 5, in particular, is the day before the preview Doctor Strange 2 world premiere.
Will Wolverine make his MCU debut?
While Rob Liefeld is best known for first bringing Wade Wilson to life in the 1980s, he notably wasn’t deeply involved in how Deadpool or the other X-Men were portrayed on the big screen. However, he is too deeply tied to new characters in the MCU for that statement to be taken lightly.
Even for a movie that already includes potential roles for Professor X, Ultron Drones, and three different versions of Doctor Strange, an MCU debut for Wolverine could be something to push the anticipation to the limit. Thanks to Hugh Jackman’s 17-year iconic portrayal of James Logan, the clawed mutant is now a household name fans desperately want to join Marvel Studios’ expanding narrative.
Liefeld has often spoken about his thoughts on where the MCU is headed, particularly what the future holds for Deadpool and his fellow X-Men as they join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on their adventures of Phase 4. Whether Liefeld is right is another story, but his reaction alone will wake up ears regarding Wolverine’s future now that Marvel Studios can use him in their upcoming movies.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.