Fans are eager to see Wolverine join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Daniel Radcliffe being a favorite among fans and it’s easy to see why.
When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is plenty for fans to get excited about in looking ahead to the future of the franchise but nothing has fans buzzing more than what the future has in store for one of the most iconic superhero teams of all time: the X-Men!
After a successful run at 20th Century Fox, the X-Men finally came home to Marvel Studios in 2019 when Disney acquired the studio and the rights to its various properties, including the X-Men. Because of this, Marvel can finally introduce the X-Men into the MCU which is something that has fans extremely excited and understandably so.
The X-Men franchise is rich with incredible and beloved characters, but there is no denying the one character fans are most excited to join the MCU is Wolverine.
Following Hugh Jackman’s iconic run as the character, it’s going to be a hard role for Marvel to fill and there are countless actors fans seem to hope they might consider. Among the early favorites is Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe and it’s not hard to see why after checking out this incredible fanart!
What Daniel Radcliffe could look like as Wolverine in the MCU
Although Marvel has not yet announced any X-Men casting decisions, prominent artist BossLogic gave us the chance to see what Daniel Radcliffe could look like as Wolverine if given the chance.
In the jaw-dropping art, Radcliffe transforms into Wolverine rocking the character’s signature ducktail combination, white tank top, dog tags, and adamantium claws. Radcliffe looks incredible in the image and after checking the image out it’s not hard to see why fans are eager to see the Harry Potter actor step into the role when Marvel eventually brings him into the fold.
There’s no denying Radcliffe absolutely looks the part and before anyone makes a comment about his height, the truth is that Radcliffe is actually closer to the character’s comic book height than Jackman. While Jackman stands at 6’3″, the character of Wolverine is a whole foot shorter in the comics coming in at 5’3″ which is two inches shorter than the 5’5″ Radcliffe.
Has Daniel Radcliffe been cast as Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
At this time, Marvel has not announced whether Daniel Radcliffe has been cast to play Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it’s looking unlikely Radcliffe will be cast as the hero. There have been a number of actors linked to the role over the years including Radcliffe, but he hasn’t exactly shown interest in playing the character in the past — suggesting if Marvel came calling, he might not answer.
It’s also been confirmed that Hugh Jackman will be reprising the role of Wolverine in Deadpool 3, which seems to hint that Marvel might not immediately rush into bringing in a new Wolverine as part of the MCU’s X-Men franchise.
Is Daniel Radcliffe playing Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
In 2019, Radcliffe fanned the flames when he jokingly announced he was going to be playing the role when reacting to rumors as part of a Wired video segment that saw actors addressing some of the most-searched questions about them.
Following his remarks, the rumor mill began running rampant with speculation that Radcliffe had confirmed he was set to play the role. The rumor gained so much traction that even those involved with one of his projects at the time thought the reports were true and congratulated him on the role while on set, as he revealed when speaking with Yahoo Movies UK back in 2019 when rumors first began.
Fast forward to 2022 and Radcliffe seemed to double down on those comments. During a discussion with ComicBook.com at the SXSW premiere of The Lost City, Radcliffe seemed to hint that he’s not been approached by Marvel about playing the role.
"“So many times, people come to me like, ‘hey man, heard the Wolverine news, that’s pretty cool.’ No, I don’t know anything about it. Like, I appreciate that somebody is clearly going like ‘Wolverine’s actually short in the comic books, you should get like a short guy to do it!'” Radcliffe said. “But I don’t see myself, I don’t see them going from Hugh Jackman to me. But who knows? Prove me wrong, Marvel.”"
It’s possible that Radcliffe could change his stance on playing Wolverine, but it’s looking unlikely that he’ll suit up as Wolverine for the MCU — which is a shame given how incredible he looks in the many pieces of fan concept art floating around the internet!
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