Taron Egerton becomes Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine replacement in a stunning image that envisions the future of the MCU.

The X-Men are now on their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, creating an opportunity for Marvel Studios to create a whole new take on the classic team of heroic mutants. Fox’s X-Men film series began all the way back in 2000 and continued — through spin-offs, prequels and a sort-of reboot — up until 2020’s New Mutants. Following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the X-Men are now due an MCU overhaul, which could see the fan-favorite character of Wolverine played by someone other than Hugh Jackman for the first time in live-action.

It is currently unclear what approach Marvel’s Kevin Feige will take towards incorporating the X-Men into the MCU. The tease of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer could suggest the previous versions of the team will be revisited, possibly opening the door to Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine. However, it seems more likely that Marvel will eventually incorporate its own fresh take on the mutants into their cinematic universe, with the Doctor Strange follow-up offering an opportunity to pass the baton across the multiverse.

In any case, Hugh Jackman had been vocal on wanting to end his time as Wolverine with 2017’s Logan. It’s unlikely Marvel will ignore the opportunity to bring back such a beloved character, so many fans are already speculating on suitable replacements. One name that is gaining traction in fan circles is Taron Egerton, best known for his work in Kingsman and Rocketman. Artist Mizuri has dropped a cool piece of fan art, showing Egerton in Wolverine’s iconic yellow suit. Check it out below:

With Marvel often evolving their characters over the course of many years and movies, it could be a smart move to cast a younger Wolverine like Egerton, who previously starred alongside Hugh Jackman in Eddie the Eagle. His shorter build is also closer to how Wolverine was depicted in the comics. Jackman’s six-foot-plus frame was a common, if minor, complaint amongst X-Men fans.

Audiences can get their first look at mutants in the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Here is the synopsis for the film:

The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the upcoming movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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