Is Rocketman star Taron Egerton really a candidate to become our next Wolverine? Officially speaking, no. But in the sense that the rising star is absolutely willing to take on the opportunity should Marvel come calling? Yes, then he's absolutely a candidate. Though, Egerton doesn't necessarily feel, personally, that he's the most qualified candidate.
Taron Egerton is having one heck of a year already, having portrayed Elton John in the biopic Rocketman, which could easily see him nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He's also set to appear in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix later this year. But could a trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the beloved, claw-fisted mutant be next? The 29-year-old actor recently addressed the rumors on a British morning radio show. Here's what he had to say about it.
"That one I think is just a rumour. As far as I'm aware it's unfounded. I don't know if I'm quite grisly enough. I mean if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let's go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere."
Rumors, albeit ones that don't appear to be coming from any official sources, have been circulating online recently that the Kingsman franchise star is possibly being eyed to take over the role made famous by Hugh Jackman. If, and we do mean if there is any truth to those rumors at all, and Taron Egerton truly hasn't heard anything about it himself, it's possible that his name is just being floated at the studio level on a wishlist of sorts. It could actually be quite some time before Marvel has a need to cast a new Wolverine at all.
With the Disney/Fox merger finally going into effect in March, the X-Men and Fantastic Four character rights are in the hands of Marvel Studios. That means those characters can start showing up in the MCU. However, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has made it clear that their Phase 4 plans beyond Avengers: Endgame are pretty set in stone, so we shouldn't expect to see Wolverine or any of the X-Men appearing on screen for at least a few years.
That said, despite his self-deprecation, Taron Egerton seems like he would be a great fit. He's proven himself to be likable, charismatic, capable in an action movie and he's certainly got range. While nobody can ever replace Hugh Jackman, who played the role for nearly two decades before hanging up the claws for good following 2017's heralded Logan, Egerton feels like the kind of actor who would make for a popular choice. When the time does come for Marvel to find their new Wolverine, at the very least, Egerton would be more than happy to pick up the phone. This news was previously reported by Digital Spy.