With Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox earlier this year, fans have been eager to see if Marvel Studios already had active plans in bringing the likes of the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. With that in mind, many fan castings have been subject to popular discussion online, mainly with many artists imagining certain actors and actresses in potential roles for the MCU’s versions of these characters whose theatrical rights were owned by Fox. One popular fan casting is Venom star Tom Hardy taking over the Wolverine role from Hugh Jackman.
No stranger to the comic book genre, Tom Hardy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and recently played Eddie Brock in 2018’s surprise box office hit Venom. He was also rumored to be in the running for the role of Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch and was initially cast in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as Rick Flag before departing the role over scheduling conflicts.
As a veteran in the comic book movie genre as well as an acclaimed actor in his own right with an Academy Award-nomination to his name for his role in The Revenant, Tom Hardy has been a popular subject for fan casting and some fans feel that he would be a good fit to take over the Adamantium claws from Hugh Jackman as the new Wolverine in the MCU. To get an idea of how Tom Hardy could look as Wolverine compared to Hugh Jackman, check out this piece of artwork from digital artist houseofmat down below:
Similar to how Hugh Jackman was portrayed in Logan, we see Tom Hardy donning a suit and tie along with the same hairstyle as Hugh Jackman. But the cherry on top of this sundae is the cigar in his mouth.
When Hugh Jackman was initially cast to play Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, some expressed resistance due to the fact that he was 6’3 – too tall to play what many felt was the definitive height of Wolverine, which hovers around 5’3. In Tom Hardy’s case, he is 5’9 and although that’s still half a foot taller than how the beloved mutant is portrayed in the comics, some may argue that it’d be closer in physique than Hugh Jackman was.
Tom Hardy is set to reprise his role as Eddie Brock in an upcoming Venom sequel. Kelly Marcel will pen the script for Venom 2 with Tom Hardy’s co-stars expected to include returning actors Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson. It is widely believed Sony intends to release Tom Hardy’s Venom 2 on October 2, 2020, a date the studio is currently holding for an untitled Marvel project.
Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into contact with an alien symbiote that bonds with him, granting him powers and transforming him into the titular anti-hero. It’s the second iteration of Venom seen on the big screen as Topher Grace played the character in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.
Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More
Photographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.
The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.
You can check out the images in the gallery below.
Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.
The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Source: Clay Enos