The iconic nature of Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine aside, the X-Men team staple is a tough role to cast. If one is seeking comic accuracy, the actor they need should be short, stocky, and able to play the role stoic, rageful, and, in instances where he’s mentoring up-and-coming X-Men, stern yet fatherly. Jeremy Allen White has proven throughout his acting tenure that he embodies most of these physical and emotional qualifications. The thing is, he doesn’t have much desire to pursue MCU flicks at this point, especially after trying out for a Marvel-like production previously.
Speaking to GQ, White shared that he once went into an audition for an MCU-like production in the wrong way. “I had a meeting for a kind of Marvel-y movie, and I had an attitude,” he explained. “I think I played it all wrong … ‘Tell me about why should I do your movie’ … They were like, ‘F*** you,'” the actor recalled. He went on to explain that he’d much rather work on a “$25 million drama that I think most actors want to make” than enter a sprawling blockbuster superhero universe. Thus, it seems unwise for fans to hold their breath if you’re waiting on the announcement that he’s the MCU’s new Wolverine.
Perhaps someday, Jeremy Allen White will take a crack at the MCU, potentially even as Wolverine. For now, though, he’s doing just fine elsewhere in Hollywood, sharpening his acting skills rather than adamantium claws.