More than 20,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to have It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Danny DeVito replace Hugh Jackman as clawed mutant Wolverine in any future X-Men instalments.
“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,” the petition reads.
For nearly two decades, Jackman was the face of Wolverine, a run that ended with James Mangold’s Logan in 2017.
When Disney and Fox studio merged in March, Marvel (which is owned by Disney) regained the rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men characters, which had been sold to 20th Century Fox back in 1993.
Since then, fans have been speculating whether the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reintroduce these characters, such as Wolverine, with new actors.
According to Marvel’s character bio, Wolverine comes in at 88.4kg (without his Adamantium metal skeleton) and just 160cm tall. Technically, Devito is still shy 15cm, but much closer in height than Jackman — who stands at a strapping 189cm.
But can 74-year-old DeVito really play an ageing superhero?
In an interview with Slashfilm, X-Men producer Lauren Schuler Donner says the physical toll of playing Wolverine was part of the reason for 50-year-old Jackman’s departure, saying, “Once you reach a certain age, the body just won’t go anymore.”