Disney + vertical content that was not produced by Marvel Studios just got a new addition, but it’s hard to imagine it being wildly popular in 2009. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is now streaming on the service. The Hugh Jackman character solo spinoff was 20th Century Fox’s first X-Men movie that didn’t focus on the team as a whole but on one character. Currently, the film is listed in the “Marvel Legacy” column of streaming titles on Disney +, which also includes most of the other Fox produced. X Men films and their The Fantastic Four cinema.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was one of Fox’s first major blunders produced X Men movies, but is remarkable for several reasons. Originally, the film would have launched a series of “X-Men Origins” films, each spin-off solo, with a Magneto-focused film in the works at around the same time and its content later incorporated into X-Men: First Class. Hugh Jackman’s first solo movie would also be the movie that would bring Ryan Reynolds into the X-Men family, having him play Wade Wilson aka Deadpool.
The version of the character that Reynolds played in that movie was going to be ridiculed and mocked by fans, with gags about his appearance in both Reynolds’ solos. dead Pool movies. In fact, despite Reynolds’ unwavering love for the character, Deadpool’s groping in the film and poor reception of the film overall likely led to Reynolds signing to play Green Lantern two years later. As we know, Reynolds returned to Deadpool to do him justice, also poking fun at the DC hero along the way.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine would go on to become the lowest-earning of Wolverine’s solo films, all of which starred Hugh Jackman in the role. The film was also known at the time of its release to have an incomplete work print leak online more than a month before its theatrical release. The studio estimated that at least 15 million people downloaded this version of the film.
Jackman even revealed in an interview with GE years later, the film almost prompted him to give up the role altogether.
“I couldn’t see what the next thing was, I didn’t know what else to do. I don’t know where to go… I knew people liked the character. Not all fans like this first Wolverine. They are very loud with me. Good or bad, they tell me. It’s kind of a family that I have. ‘But what did you have in mind ?! I love you, man, but it was … “
As we know, Jackman returned for two more Wolverine solo films and even the ones from 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past, but now he has hung up his claws. For now, you’ll have to relive the memories on Disney +.
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