Wolverine’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut makes a Fox X-Men mistake even worse. Hugh Jackman is the only actor to have played Wolverine in live-action, with the actor making his debut as James Howlett in 2000’s X-Men, the first movie for Marvel’s popular mutant team, before going on to appear in several films over two decades, including a solo Wolverine trilogy that seemed to kill his character off in 2017’s Logan. Jackman continues to give life to Logan to this day, with the 2024 release of Deadpool 3, in which he stars opposite Ryan Reynolds, marking 24 years since the actor debuted as Wolverine.

Deadpool 3 is rumored to include not only Jackman, but multiple actors from Fox’s X-Men franchise. The rumors also claim that Deadpool and Wolverine kill the Fox Marvel universe, and that multiversal aspect of the film – which might be true given the fact that Reynolds’ Deadpool has to go from the Fox universe to the MCU – would undoubtedly bring a major comparison between Wolverine’s MCU debut and a huge X-Men movie mistake made by Fox.

Wolverine’s Deadpool 3 Suit Proves Bright X-Men Suits Work In Live Action

Wolverine’s claws look great in his yellow costume in Deadpool 3, with the upcoming movie marking the first time in more than 20 years that Jackman gets to don Wolverine’s yellow X-Men costume from the comics, a major departure from the black leather costume Jackman first wore. Before Deadpool 3, Wolverine’s classic comic book costume had appeared only once in live-action, showing up in a deleted scene from 2013’s The Wolverine, Jackman’s second solo movie as the character. Even then, the suit was only on display briefly, as Logan opened a case containing it.

It is interesting to see that while Fox never gave Jackman Wolverine’s yellow costume, Marvel Studios is happy to do so in the actor’s MCU debut. The positive reception to the Deadpool 3 set photos of Jackman in Wolverine’s yellow costume – a near-perfect recreation of the character’s iconic comic book suit – proves that bright X-Men suits work in live-action, something Fox never quite figured out, despite the constant fan request to see comic book-accurate X-Men suits in the team’s movies.

Why The Early X-Men Movies Used Black Leather Costumes

The early X-Men movies helped make the Marvel Comics mutants popular to a generation of fans who had never read the comics. The team behind the film thought it was better to stem away from the X-Men’s bright yellow costumes, with producer Ralph Winter telling SYFY WIRE in an interview (via Heroic Hollywood) that “The trick is always to bullseye the hardcore Marvel/X-Men fan, but do it in a way that doesn’t alienate an average moviegoer.” The decision now comes full circle, as with the X-Men already popular, the MCU hopes to get even more people on board by introducing Wolverine’s yellow X-Men costume from the comics.

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