Daniel Radcliffe responds to Spider-Man and Wolverine rumors

Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame addresses the Spider-Man and Wolverine rumors linked to him.

Lost City star Daniel Radcliffe addresses the Spider-Man and Wolverine rumors. (Images: Paramount Pictures, Disney/Marvel and Fox)

After his long tenure as a young wizard in Harry Potter films, Radcliffe has explored a wide variety of roles. The actor has also taken on critically acclaimed performances on stage and in theatre. But one popular genre that Radcliffe has yet to dabble in is superhero fare. Which isn’t to say he hasn’t been attached to such roles at one point or another.

More recently, Radcliffe’s name was added to Spider-Man and the X-Men’s Wolverine. What did the famous British actor say about these rumors? See the details below.

Do all a spider can

One superhero property that has been mentioned by fans would be a great fit for Daniel Radcliffe is Spider-Man. And Radcliffe himself has shown great interest in the possibility of bringing his interpretation to the Web-Slinger.

During an interview for GQ in 2019, Radcliffe previously teased his interest in playing the role of Spider-Man. However, the actor joked that it would be for real life, not in a movie.

Yes, I would have made a very good Spider-Man. Not in the movies. I mean, it’s just in real life that I got these powers.

More recently, Radcliffe was asked while promoting The Lost City about exploring the potential of playing Spider-Man. But he admits that the three previous actors (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland) who all appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home have already done a great job with the Wall-Crawler:

Like anything, if it was cool and weird and different and there was something that I really liked, then absolutely, I would. The one I would be a natural candidate for has now been directed by three very good actors. Tom Holland is amazing and no one could ever replace him, so I’ll skip that one.

The best at what he does

The other big superhero character that Daniel Radcliffe has been considered for is the X-Man Wolverine. Fans said the actor had the reach and charm, as well as the short stature, to play a more accurate version than Hugh Jackman (Reminiscence).

Daniel Radcliffe shoots down the Wolverine cast, but appreciates that fans feel worthy of following Hugh Jackman in the role. (Image: The Wolverine/20th Century Fox)

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Radcliffe directly addresses the rumors surrounding his potential casting as Wolverine:

This is something that has come up from time to time for a few years. And every time it comes up, I’m like, ‘That’s not true. There is nothing behind it. And everyone’s like, ‘Oh, he said that might be true.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I didn’t. I said the opposite.

And then, once in a while, I get bored answering questions in a sensible way, so I crack a joke, and every time I crack a joke, I’m like, ‘Why did you do that? It’s gonna put–’ So the other day, I was like, ‘prove me wrong, Marvel.’ And then it started a whole thing.

Although Radcliffe has denied there are any definitive talks with Marvel, he appreciates that fans think he could take over after Hugh Jackman’s iconic run as Logan:

I mean, anything that involves the most fleeting resemblance to Hugh Jackman is incredibly flattering. So I’m happy,

Given that Hugh Jackman himself has said he’s done playing the berzerker mutant, the possibility of Radcliffe taking on the role exists. But it seems like the odds are off when it comes to Radcliffe.

The future

While Daniel Radcliffe has shot the cast of Spider-Man and Wolverine for now, the future is another matter. And while he’s expressed he won’t be returning as Harry Potter, the actor hasn’t closed doors on superhero roles.

Radcliffe plays a villainous role opposite Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock in The Lost City. (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

Bringing the Multiverse into the MCU certainly opens up the possibility for Radcliffe to play alternate versions of one of Marvel’s two mainstays. Or he could definitely take on another Marvel or DC character. But that will definitely be after his portrayal of Weird Al Yankovic in an upcoming biopic.

Meanwhile, Radcliffe takes a meaner turn in The Lost City. Here, the actor plays the eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax linked to the international underworld. In search of The Lost City of D, he kidnaps novelist Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) whose adventure books use said city as a setting.

The Lost City stars Daniel Radcliffe, Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt. Also starring Patti Harrison, Oscar Nuñez and Raymond Lee. Directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, The Lost City hits theaters on March 25, 2022.

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