In an interview with The Huffington Post, Hugh Jackman revealed that he almost had a cameo in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man but a peculiar issue prevented it from happening. The issue wasn’t that Fox owns X-Men and Sony owns Spider-Man but something much simpler. They couldn’t find Wolverine’s suit.
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.
Considering that Wolverine doesn’t even wear an iconic suit, if the filmmaker’s really wanted this to happen they could have figured out a way. Jackman could have simply shown up as Logan without having to bust out his claws. Since Jackman goes on to explain the salary disparities between the various studios who own these properties, it seems that the real reason for the lack of cross-overs is a refusal to split up profits.
Unfortunately, greedy executives are getting in the way of giving the fans what they really want. In the comic-book world, Spider-Man, The X-Men, and The Avengers all live in the Marvel universe. But in the movie world, Spider-Man is swinging at Sony, The X-Men are mutating at Fox, and The Avengers have assembled at Disney. If these studios can’t work out the logistic of divvying up the box-office take, we may never see our favorite superheroes meet each other.
Next up for Jackman is the thriller Prisoners set for release on September 20th. He will then return as Wolverine for the seventh time in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, releasing May 23rd, 2014.