While speaking at a press junket for Chappie, Jackman said he thinks since Marvel has built a bridge with Sony in bringing the Spider-Man franchise into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the same could happen with Fox, who owns the film rights to the X-Men (and Fantastic Four).
Here's how he explained it to Yahoo Movies:
I'm surprised by what's happened with Spider-Man joining. You're in a very complex world where big, big sums of money are being spent for different franchises and so getting them together is difficult.
Two years ago I'd have said you'd be a real optimist to think it'd ever happen, but weirdly now I just think it maybe could. I think there is the possibility that it will happen.
What Jackman may not realize, however, is that the relationship between Marvel and Fox is far more strained than it is between Marvel and Sony. Think of it as comparing Wolverine's rivalry against Sabertooth against his relationship to Cyclops. Either way, Jackman is hopeful that something could happen.
"You know, I think as an optimist I would love it," he said. "That's the best thing about comic books; you can just pitch these characters into each other."
Well, there are those rumors that Marvel Studios will eventually have to form a New Avengers team. And as Marvel Comics readers know, Wolverine was a headlining member of the New Avengers. Of course, only time will tell.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, while X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters in 2016.