There are a lot of things you see in day to day life, that leaves you stunned. For example, the world record for the longest tongue, or the fact that in 12 years climate change will be irreversible or even better - Danny DeVito taking over Hugh Jackman's role as Wolverine.
The 74-year-old has spent the last 13 years making waves as Frank Reynolds in 'It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia', but as entertaining and challenging as that could be, fans have now raised the stakes for him - to play X-Men's Wolverine.
Thousands of fans have fallen behind that idea after a person, with online moniker 'Ring Arius', created an online Change.org petition to cast DeVito as the famous X-Men member. As of late Wednesday, almost 20,000 people had signed the petition.
“The only man able to take the throne after Hugh Jackman,” the petition read. “We believe that if Wolverine is to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the only man able to pull it off is Danny DeVito.”
Fans who are supporting the cause have also been posting comments of encouragement on the page, with one writing, “It's f***ing Danny DeVito, enough said,” and another posting, “This is the most important cause I've ever supported.” One artist has already come up with a poster for the movie.
In March, Disney and Fox officially merged, giving Marvel Studios access to members of the 'Fantastic Four', the 'X-Men', and, consequently, 'Wolverine'. Marvel originally sold the rights to 'X-Men' to 20th Century Fox in 1993. Now that Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox, the X-Men could be welcomed into the MCU in the near future, which leaves most of the mutants’ fates hanging in the balance until Marvel Studios finds a way of incorporating them into their already-vast cinematic universe.
Jackman,who first played Wolverine in 2000, holds the record for longest career as a live-action superhero at a whopping 17 years. But he hung up his Adamantium claws in 2017 following the release of James Mangold's 'Logan'. Jackman’s Wolverine was a staple of the X-Men, and according to Comicbook, Disney are now seeking someone new for the role.
"Hugh, just the physicality of it all, just to bulk up,” the producer detailed on a Television Critics Association panel. “This man worked so hard to bulk up, would get up at four in the morning to bulk and eat protein meals every two hours because his natural state, they used to call him Worm when he was a kid. So his natural state is a very skinny guy. Once you reach a certain age, the body just won’t go anymore. I think he was wise to say, ‘I’m at that point. I can’t do it.’ Now, that doesn’t mean he can’t come back as older Wolverine. You never know. Future Wolverine, you never know .” But it’s clear who the public want, at the time of writing, almost 20,000 people have signed the Change.org petition calling for DeVito to take over from Jackman.
DeVito has become a key figure in web and meme culture in recent years. Last year, a teen from Pennsylvania had a hard time finding a prom date — so she brought a cardboard cutout of DeVito instead. Months later, a secret shrine devoted to the actor hidden in a bathroom at SUNY Purchase went viral. Now reaching above 20,000 signatures, could the cries of the public be enough to convince Disney that DeVito is the right man for the role? Let’s hope so!
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