Why putting Wolverine with the Hulk would be Logan’s perfect MCU introduction


How can the MCU introduce Wolverine?

There has been a lot of talk about how Marvel Studios will incorporate the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 20th Century Fox has had Marvel’s Mutants for around 20 years, and they’ve been hit or miss ever since, including hits like Deadpool and misses like X-Men: Apocalypse. Now that the X-Men are back “home,” fans are excited at the prospect of what could happen going foward. The X-Men and the Avengers can finally come together, and most likely fight. However, one of the biggest concerns is how to organically introduce them and their biggest moneymaker: Wolverine.

A complaint that comic book fans have had is that Wolverine was the focus of the X-Men movies. While he is their most popular character, he shouldn’t have been the center of attention. Especially since it meant that characters like Cyclops, Storm, and Iceman suffered in the process. This means the situation has to be dealt with delicately. If not, the X-Men franchise could go back to being looked at as a failure. There is a perfect way to introduce Wolverine that will make both the movie and comic book fans happy. This would be to introduce Wolverine as he was in the comics.

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

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Wolverine’s first appearance was at the end of Incredible Hulk No. 180 (his first full appearance was in the next issue). It was a great way to introduce him. Since Hulk is known as the unstoppable force, Logan surviving was a win in and of itself (Wolverine actually said so in an issue of Wolverine Origins). Logan could make his first MCU appearance in a fight with the Hulk. Having two fan favorite characters fight would be amazing and drag everyone to the movies. On top of that, it’s a nod to the comics, which hardcore fans will love. It also helps with another problem: Professor Hulk.

In Avengers: Endgame, we find out that Bruce Banner has permanently merged with Hulk, keeping his intellect in the process. It was a cool change to Hulk, but everyone missed the angry rage monster we got used to seeing. There was no classic scene where Hulk grabbed someone and beat them mercilessly. We almost got it in the beginning, when Thor pushed Bruce and he sternly told Thor to not do that again. In that moment, we see can see that some of the rage is still in there, and an encounter with Wolverine would immediately bring the anger back out of him.

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Before they even fight, Logan would spend a good amount of time antagonizing Bruce, pushing all of his buttons in hopes that he would attack him. This is similar to what happened when they fought in the Ultimate Universe (Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk ). We would get to see a fight between two of Marvel’s premier tough guys, introduce Wolverine to the MCU, and reintroduce rage Hulk. There’s no way the two of the together would fail. Just the idea of them is going to fill seats in the theaters. We saw a glimpse of this in the animated film, but seeing it in live-action would blow that out of the water.