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We all know the paperwork that prevents Spider-Man from showing up in the Avengers, but according to Hugh Jackman, his X-Men character Wolverine, very nearly ended up making a cameo in Spider-Man (the good one, not that one with Andrew Garfield).
Jackman spoke about the cameo that nearly was in an interview with the Huffington Post:
In the first “Spider-Man” — Kevin Feige reminded me of this — we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn’t find the suit. The suit was stuck in something. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn’t get it together.
So, you know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, “Why not? Why can’t we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?” And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what’s great about it is they’re just mashing together all the time — and it’s awesome. And people are like, “Yeah, well, let’s get this one with that!” And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it.
Would it have changed the movie? Probably not? Would it have been awesome? Yes. It might have even stopped that awful Wolvie spin-off being made and focus more on a Spider-Man vs. Wolverine. It might have meant that we got so excited by the potential cross-over that we saw Avengers much sooner!