How Wolverine almost appeared in Spider-Man (and why he didn't)

Superhero characters crossing over in comic books happens all the time, but in movies it's not quite so simple.

Back in 2002, when Sam Raimi was directing the Spider-Man film franchise, there was, it turns out, some talk about a very special guest appearance for the first film -- Wolverine. And while we'd go on to see Hugh Jackman have a very brief cameo in X-Men: First Class, this Spider-Man attempt would, sadly, not turn out. 

So what happened?

Well, Hugh Jackman, for his part, was plenty interested. But his costume from the X-Men movies was mysteriously absent. That wasn't the only problem, though, says Jackman.

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."

Sadly, but not surprisingly, it was money and red tape that prevented this cute little idea from happening. It's a shame Jackman couldn't have just snuck on set one day as an extra so that people could hunt through the movie to try and track him down. 

C'est la vie.

(via The Huffington Post)

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