The Boys' Antony Starr Reacts to MCU Wolverine Fan Casting

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Anthony Starr, Wolverine

One of the most popular characters for Marvel fans to share their fan casting picks for these days is Wolverine, who will finally make his way into the MCU along with the other X-Men in the coming years. After Hugh Jackman's incredible 17-year run as James Logan, there are some big claws to fill for the next take on the role, although there are plenty of impressive contenders in the mix.

Former Harry Potter leading man Daniel Radcliffe has responded numerous times to fan-casts using him as James Logan, as has Taron Egerton after his impressive work in films like Rocketman and the Kingman series. Additionally, there's another widely-popular superhero show with a couple of potential options in Amazon Prime's The Boys.

The highly praised series already boasts an MCU fan-favorite in Karl Urban, who played Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok and has been used in fan-casts for Wolverine in recent years. Additionally, one of his biggest co-stars now finds himself in the mix for Wolverine, to which he offered a response on social media.

Antony Starr Addresses Wolverine Fancast

Instagram user @spdrmnkyxxiii shared a fan-made image of The Boys star Antony Starr as Marvel Studios' Wolverine. He also shared a caption that praised Starr's work in Season 3 of The Boys, noting how he "has the (mutton) chops" to do the role well:

Anthony Starr, Wolverine
@spdrmnkyxxiii on Instagram

Starr then responded to this fan-casting in the comments with nearly a dozen images of the "laughing" emoji, noting how he feels the pain just imagining the kind of stunt work he'd have to do:

"Ooofff,- my bones ache just thinking of the stunt work!"

Anthony Starr Instagram

This isn't the first time that the Homelander actor has acknowledged the potential of playing Logan, telling ScreenGeek that of all the X-Men, he'd want to play Wolverine. Starr did have one condition for suiting up as the mutant hero as he noted that Hugh Jackman's portrayal didn't wear spandex, something it seems that Starr would want to be adjusted:

“Big shoes to fill, man. Jackman’s pretty much put his mark on that, hasn’t he? So, I never say never, man – but at the moment, I’m just enjoying what we’re doing here. I mean, to be honest, Wolverine doesn’t wear spandex, which is definitely a negative for me. I do like the feel of tight pants, you know, if they can tighten the jeans up, maybe.

On top of that, Starr has even responded to @spdrmnkyxxiii's artwork in the past, previously commenting that he needs to grow Wolverine's iconic sideburns:

"Note to self....learn how to grow pork chop sideburns!"

Toni Starr Instagram Comment

Homelander Not Ready for Wolverine Stunt Work?

Antony Starr has certainly made a name for himself playing Homelander, one of The Boys' biggest villains in its first three seasons on Amazon Prime. But even though Starr would have the acting chops to play somebody like Wolverine, who has a similar attitude and outlook on life as his character on The Boys, he makes a fair point about the stunt work that would be required.

Being a sort of evil take on Superman, Starr's stunt work largely consists of being on wires to fly and punch people, with his laser eyes coming in post-production. Wolverine is a whole new beast entirely, both literally and figuratively, as it's a character that requires a different kind of physicality and strength to be performed the right way on screen.

Depending on how long The Boys runs, Starr's work could put him in prime position to take on a future MCU role should he want to go in that direction. Despite Starr seeming down on the prospects of playing Wolverine due to the necessary stuntwork, his past interest and a new challenge may just win him over to the MCU yet.

Season 3 of The Boys is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.