This post is being written because of a few different things. I was listening to the song Hero from the first Spider-man movie and realized in 10 years we’ve already had two Spider-man origins told on film. Obviously everyone knows this, which is a lot of the reason I, and I think others, didn’t care as much for the film. Half of it we’d literally already seen (save for Martin Sheen being Uncle Ben. Martin Sheen makes everything better 😉).
But it made me realize that by 2015, we’ll have seen 2 Spider-men, 2 Batmen, 3 Supermen (including Smallville), 3 Hulks and 2 Fantastic Fours. Now the second reason for this long-winded rant is the awesomeness that is Hugh Jackman. He has played Wolverine for 14 years (as of Days of Future Past) and completely owned the role, even when not in the best of movies (I’m obviously not talking about First Class, X1, X2 or The Wolverine). He, like Robert Downey Jr. for The Avengers is the ever present staple.
I think it’s almost a blessing that we’ve gotten one portrayal through that many movies. And that kind of brings me to my point. Obviously not every superhero portrayal as is tied to their actor as others, but when the time comes to shift actors, I think the James Bond method is going to have to do. At some point Hugh Jackman and RDJ won’t be Wolverine and Iron Man, and there’s no point in rebooting them or giving them new origins, especially if you’re just going to retread ground ala Amazing Spider-man.
Just tell new stories with different actors, as I imagine Ben Affleck’s Batman will be in 2015 or Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in The Avengers. But at least for now, we still get to enjoy Hugh Jackman as everyone’s favorite X-Men, going into his 14th year as The Wolverine.