While fancasting has been around as long as fans themselves, things have taken a recent turn in the MCU where fans actually led the way to John Krasinski landing the cameo role of Reed Richards in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, with a potential eye toward the role in the proper MCU Fantastic Four movie.
Now, fans have their sights set on a phase 5 MCU project, the return of Marvel’s X-Men, outside of the FOX universe in what everyone believes will be a reboot that leaves the old actors behind (even if Patrick Stewart also showed up in Multiverse of Madness as Professor X).
And if we’re talking about the X-Men, we’re starting, obviously, with Wolverine. And fans of a particular show have their eyes on two actors that could potentially play the part, succeeding Hugh Jackman’s enormously beloved version.
That would be Antony Starr and Karl Urban from The Boys, Amazon’s smash-hit X-rated superhero series known for going against traditional tropes of the genre.
Two weeks ago, a tweet went mega viral suggesting that Billy Butcher, aka Karl Urban would be the perfect man for a new version of Wolverine, given his look and demeanor:
Karl Urban, of course, has been around the block a few times as an action star, most notably in Dredd as the titular Judge. He’s from New Zealand, just a jump from Hugh Jackman’s Australia. But so is his Boys rival:
The other choice is none other than Homelander himself, Antony Starr, who actually responded to news of the fancasting in a few places, including an interview with ScreenGeek:
“Big shoes to fill, man. Jackman’s pretty much put his mark on that, hasn’t he? So, I never say never, man – but at the moment, I’m just enjoying what we’re doing here. I mean, to be honest, Wolverine doesn’t wear spandex, which is definitely a negative for me. I do like the feel of tight pants, you know, if they can tighten the jeans up, maybe.”
He also bemoaned if his body could handle the stunt work of such a physical role.
If you’re having a hard time picturing the blonde, tan Homelander actor as Wolverine, I suggest you take a trip back in time and watch Banshee, where Starr plays Sheriff Lucas Hood, who looks much different and has a more Wolverine-like vibe to him onscreen.
Given the popularity of The Boys, it’s certainly possible that both actors could be in contention for the part. But Marvel generally does not make the obvious choices when it comes to big casting like this, outside of rare occasions, so I’d be a little surprised if it went to either of them. Worth considering, however, certainly.