With all due respect to the How to Train Your Dragon films, Jon Snow in Game of Thrones is currently Kit Harington’s most famous role by a staggeringly wide margin, but now that the HBO series has reached its conclusion, Marvel fans are hoping that the actor has just landed an even more high-profile part in the MCU.
Just yesterday, Deadline broke the news that Harington is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an unknown character. As it stands, it’s quite possible that Disney will clarify his role at this weekend’s D23 Expo, but until then, the fans are free to offer their theories and suggestions, and one idea that’s currently getting some traction is that Harington is playing none other than the adamantium-clawed mutant himself, Wolverine.
Of course, this is nothing more than speculation for the time being, but looking at the recent Twitter response, it’s plain to see that the actor passes the test for many a filmgoer:
Kit Harington as Wolverine? He's already short. pic.twitter.com/F8Bg7Oq2pT
— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) August 23, 2019
Yeah I’d almost put money on it at this point.
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) August 24, 2019
— Artvan (@theartvan96) August 24, 2019
Me: Finding out Spider-Man is leaving the MCU
Also Me: Finding out Wolverine might be joining the MCU portrayed by Kit Harrington pic.twitter.com/PmZxywq9GT
— A. Hare (@AlecJHare) August 24, 2019
Kit Harrington as Wolverine? I don't hate it… pic.twitter.com/tzFZeNuIMg
— Edwin | #GetWellSoonMina 🐧🐰 (@SoneOnceBrigade) August 24, 2019
Kit Harington as Adam Warlock would be incredible. But Kit Harington as Wolverine is the casting we all need pic.twitter.com/wRQsRgIh9W
— Ziggy (@mrjafri) August 23, 2019
— @Mr_Evertz (@Mr_Evertz) August 24, 2019
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WOLVERINE?! I mean he's already "got stabbing women he loves while hugging them" on his resume. https://t.co/GipP8pr9Yi
— KWANZA OSAJYEFO, first of his name (@kwanzer) August 23, 2019
Wolverine, is dat you?! https://t.co/4nhvt97DwB
— Mother of Dragons (@JadoreJacquelyn) August 24, 2019
But seriously, Kit Harington is absolutely going to be Wolverine right?
— Christopher (@ChrisMNovak) August 23, 2019
Kit Harington in but as wolverine
The mcu pic.twitter.com/EwcLtyll6K
— Keiley Kaiser (@keileykaiser) August 23, 2019
Wolverine is 5'3". Kit Harington is about 5'7"/5'8". So everyone can stop saying he's too short to play Wolverine.
(I really, really hope he's going to be Logan.) pic.twitter.com/MCcx3xf73Z
— Kara Calavera (@KaraCalavera) August 24, 2019
— Marie2cool 💖 💕💖 ❤ 💕💖 (@marie2cool4u) August 24, 2019
So, Kit Harington might join the MCU… I can lowkey see him play Wolverine 👀 pic.twitter.com/HLebGACsi4
— 𝓔𝓭𝓰𝓪𝓻 (@edckbar875) August 23, 2019
Naturally, Harington is far from the only actor that the internet has suggested as the next Wolverine. In these past few months alone, we’ve seen a variety of popular fancasts ranging from Keanu Reeves to Taron Egerton to Tom Hardy. At the same time, the case can and has been made that Marvel Studios should instead enlist a relative unknown for the role, much like Jackman was when he first joined the cast of 2000’s X-Men.
In any case, if comments earlier this year from Kevin Feige are anything to go by, then it’ll likely be at least a few more years before any version of Wolverine makes his MCU debut, but in the meantime, here’s hoping that we’ll know a little more about Harington’s role before the weekend is out.