Marvel Team-Up Presents: Wolverine

Marvel Team-Up Presents: Wolverine

A double-feature fancast featuring everyone's favorite short, hairy, angry Canadian, Wolverine.

Hulk Vs. is what I consider a good attempt on Marvel Animation's part to be a little more like the DC animated films, but really, they should be doing the same thing DC is in terms of casting--getting TV stars (at least) to lend their voices to the movies (which also could use a writing improvement in some cases). I figured I'd present another idea of mine, a movie that does the same bit as Hulk Vs.: two movies on one disc, with the thriller one on side A, and the action comedy on side B. For these two particular films, they'd be direct adaptations (including the art styles) of two lauded Marvel stories that (unfortunately) feature Wolverine, but at least he shares the spotlight in each.

And in each of these films, one guy would be playing ol' Canucklehead himself:

Jackie Earle Haley as the voice of Wolverine

Haley, I noticed, was in one guy's fancast as Wolverine in live action--which was an idea that was shot down by one of the guys who commented on it. I decided that Haley would be great voicing the guy instead.

For side A, we have an adaptation of the 1989 Marvel Graphic Novel "Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection", written by the late Archie Goodwin and penciled by Howard Chaykin. In this espionage thriller, Nick Fury calls on Logan to help him take down the new Scorpio, who plans on gaining control of the Cosmic Key and resurrecting the Zodiac Cartel in order to dominate the world. Scorpio, it later turns out, is none other than Fury's son, Mikel, whom he never knew about, being used as a pawn of revenge by his mother, femme fatale Amber D'Alexis.

For the cast of this one, we have:

Robert Wagner as the voice of Nick Fury

I know Fury's been looking more and more like his Ultimate version in most media nowadays, but you gotta have the original version somewhere in that mix, right? (No offense....) Wagner I thought would be great playing Fury, as he's had quite a lot of film and television experience in a number of genres. And no, it didn't have to do with him playing Number 2 in the Austin Powers films.

Jared Padalecki as the voice of Scorpio/Mikel Fury

For this, I was inspired by his performance on Supernatural, of all things, and thought this would "balance the scales" a bit as his co-star, Jensen Ackles, had played a DC villain with a connection to the hero (see "Batman: Under the Red Hood").

Sofia Vergara as the voice of Contessa De Fontaine

Vergara I feel has a great voice for this Italian jet-setter turned-SHIELD agent--sultry, yet sure of herself. (And for those of you staring at Vergara's photo, eyes skyward, paly.)

Lee Majors as the voice of Dum Dum Dugan

For this pick, I was inspired by Majors's performances in both Human Target as the previous bearer of the 'Christopher Chance' moniker and General Hawk in GI Joe: Renegades. I figured he'd do Dugan justice.

Kyra Sedgwick as the voice of Amber D'Alexis, the mother of Mikel

For this, I was inspired by Sedgwick's role on The Closer and thought she could really pull off a woman scorned and set on getting back at the man who got her arrested. (She'd been running an operation through a casino that both Fury and his brother Jake had been investigating covertly.)

Additional Voices-
-John DiMaggio as Colossus, a Scorpio henchman, and SHIELD agent #1
-Kari Wahlgren as Dazzler and SHIELD agent #2
-Ashley Johnson as Rogue and a casino dealer
-Keith Ferguson as a SHIELD agent and a Scorpio henchman
-Masasa Moyo as Miss Locke
-James Sie as David Nanjiwara, an undercover SHIELD agent

For the B-Side of the DVD, the movie is an adaptation of the 2006 3-issue miniseries "Claws", written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and drawn by Joseph Michael Linsner. The story follows Wolverine and the Black Cat being captured by who appears to be an alive Kraven the Hunter and their attempts to escape an island they've been brought to, where Kraven has made them the targets of six pro hunters from around the world. Oh, and they have to escape the island in 12 hours, or explosives will cause the volcano on the island to erupt. Along the way, they learn that this whole thing was set up by none other than longtime X-Men villain Arcade and his new girlfriend, crime boss White Rabbit. This is the 'action-comedy' I mentioned earlier.

For the cast of this movie (in order of appearance):

Sarah Michelle Gellar as the voice of Black Cat

Picking Gellar was inspired by her voice work in the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG movie (where she voiced April O'Neil). I also thought she did a good job in her guest spot on that one "Simpsons" episode where she played a girl juvie named Gina. Black Cat, I thought, would be great for her resume. At least it's animated. I also thought she and Haley would be great bouncing off one another in the script.

Jamie Kennedy as the voice of Spider-Man

A lot of people I guess don't like him that much, but I think he'd do fine portraying Spidey as he flirts with Cat in the opening part of the story (I chuckled at every line in the comic). Let's see what you guys think on that matter.

Lauren Cohan as the voice of Emma Frost

Just like I picked her for my Dark Phoenix Saga fancast, I thought Cohan would make a great Emma Frost--especially the great bit of dialogue she gives when she helps Logan make it through airport security.

Rainn Wilson as Arcade

There was no other person I could think of who could voice Arcade in this context other than Wilson. He'd be absolutely sinister, AND hilarious at the same time. I was inspired by when he voiced the alien commander in "Monsters vs Aliens" (in what clips I saw of it).

Mayim Biyalik as White Rabbit

Biyalik was inspired by both her performance as Jim Parson's foil on The Big Bang Theory, but I also thought this would be something fun for her, especially the Queens, NY accent I imagine when reading White Rabbit's lines. And to be fair, Rabbit's part in the story has her border between somewhat ditzy and cruel--sort of like Harley Quinn.

Additional Voices-
-John DiMaggio as the fake Kraven
-Masasa Moyo as Ursula (one of the hunters) and a flight attendant
-Kari Wahlgren as one of the hunters
-Keith Ferguson as one of the Hunters
-James Sie as an airport security guard and a hunter
-Dee Bradley Baker as a hunter, a sea monster, and a t-rex

That's it, people! Comment away, what do you think?
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BobGarlen - 11/14/2011, 9:44 PM
I'm glad you saw my earlier X-Men Fan Cast love the idea of Haley voicing him in an animated film, he's got a great voice for it thumbs up from me!
MikeZ - 11/14/2011, 10:25 PM
- That was me who shot down Wolverine for a live-action X-Men. Look, the guy is 50, so I don't know if he's gonna do action anymore. But that's me talking. But he'd be excellent as the VOICE of Wolverine. Unless Steve Blum plan on going a few more years.
- Maybe it's me, but seeing as Contessa De Fontaine is Italian, shouldn't an Italian actress voice/play her. Or at least have some do an Italian accent. Because Sofia is Colombian. But hey, go with who you feel comfortable with.
- Nice to see Sedgwick appear in a fancast. Must've been because her husband Kevin Bacon played Sebastian Shaw.
- Those first three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, are those the X-Men?
- I LOVE your choice for Black Cat. Never thought of it before.
- I thought of using Lauren Cohan as Emma Frost once before. Guess you beat me to it. XP
- Hah, you got my choice for Arcade from my old Excalibur fancast! You are the [frick]ing man for doing that.

Great cast. I'd buy this DVD in a nanosecond.
FlixMentallo21 - 11/14/2011, 10:44 PM
Regarding three of your points:
1. I didn't know Vergara was Colombian, but the accent I'm sure she can pull off. If Cote De Pablo could play an Israeli, Vergara can do Italian.
2. What did you mean by "Those first three SHIELD agents, are those the X-Men?" Colossus, Dazzler, and Rogue only made a few brief appearances in the original book.
3. As I mentioned earlier, that's not the first time I used Cohan for Emma--you actually said you loved that I used her for my Dark Phoenix Saga fancast.
MaddMonkk - 11/14/2011, 11:02 PM
Vergara! Whe I look at her I can hold 2 cups of coffee and a dozen donuts at the same time!
FlixMentallo21 - 11/14/2011, 11:12 PM
Hey! Didn't you read my warning under her photo?
MikeZ - 11/14/2011, 11:53 PM
@ FlixMentallo21 - 11/14/2011, 10:44 PM

2. Well, Colossus, Dazzler, and Rogue are the names of the X-Men, so I figured something was up.
3. I forgot you cast Lauren as Emma Frost before. Wow.
joeker - 11/15/2011, 2:02 AM
Great casting!! look at Sofia's fun bags she certainly has a lot of fun in them :P lo not sure on jamie kennedy as spiderman
MaddMonkk - 11/15/2011, 6:30 AM
All these actor have great voices and I could see them doing this. They don't look the part exactly but they don't need to. J. Kennedy would be an awesome Parker.
RunDTC - 11/15/2011, 8:19 AM
Vergera's hot enough to melt Hell, burn Satan too.
I stand behind her and she go "Whooooo!".
soundwave129 - 11/15/2011, 9:36 AM
Jackie Earl Haley would be great as Wolverine!
I also love Rainn Wilson as Arcade (Probably my favorite pic of the bunch), Jamie Kennedy as of Spider-Man, and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Black Cat.
jjmeylar - 11/15/2011, 12:32 PM
Kakarot - 11/15/2011, 2:38 PM
Hayley can do some great voice work, great choice! My favorites are Gellar for Black Cat and Kennedy for Spidey! I think Gellar probably would've made a good Black Cat in live action years ago, but now she's best for a voice. Kennedy on the other hand never would've made a good live action Spidey, but for voice work he seems perfect!! Good stuff!
FlixMentallo21 - 11/15/2011, 2:52 PM
Kennedy would only be voicing Spider-Man for the first, what, 10 or so minutes of the movie (since he only appeared in the first five pages of issue 1 of "Claws"), and I thought Kennedy would be great delivering his lines. Like I said, I chuckled at every one of them when I read it.

I picked Biyalik because of her voice, have her do a Queens accent and she's perfect. Read some of White Rabbit's lines in the comic, they're perfect material for Biyalik.

@joeker, 0TheQuestion0, and RunDTC,
Yes, I know, we get it, she's gaugeous, but please, read the warning under her photo. Control yourselves, please--ooooo, dessert cart! (Makes a face like The Mask, eyes bug out and tongue rolls out.)
Kakarot - 11/15/2011, 4:07 PM
If you didn't want people commenting on Vergera's hottness then you shouldn't have posted such a awesome picture of her! Lol, though I'm not sure it would be possible to find a picture where guys wouldn't comment on those things in all honesty....
FlixMentallo21 - 11/15/2011, 6:33 PM
I know, I know, but when I don't want to go to all the trouble of that, I'd just like to encourage a little restraint. I mean the Mask reference I used at the end of my last comment was a gag...
RunDTC - 11/15/2011, 8:37 PM
@FlixMentallo21:....why would you get in trouble? and also, I doubt there's a picture you could post of Vergara that wouldn't make some of us make.....comments.
FlixMentallo21 - 11/15/2011, 8:51 PM
I didn't say get in trouble, I meant 'when I didn't want to make the effort' to find a photo that won't leave you guys drooling the Columbia River.
MaddMonkk - 11/15/2011, 9:27 PM
Only pic I could find of Vergara that uglied her down but I'd still let her eat crackers in my bed!
FlixMentallo21 - 11/15/2011, 10:37 PM
Yeah, I seriously hate it when certain rags publish a "stars without their makeup" issue. Who cares if a celeb is wearing makeup or not? Shouldn't we be respecting them more for their talent than their looks? As that old Temptations song goes "Beauty's only skin deep, yeah yeah yeah, beauty's only skin deep, whoah whoah..."
ager - 11/16/2011, 6:05 AM
this would be such an awesome idea. i love the cast and the idea
FlixMentallo21 - 11/16/2011, 12:15 PM
Thanks! Have you read either of the stories?
ager - 11/17/2011, 12:01 AM
afraid i havent and although both look good i think Scorpia would be a fantastic read. but both would come across on animation really well esp together
ager - 11/17/2011, 12:02 AM
and id like to see more idead from u as well
FlixMentallo21 - 11/17/2011, 2:26 PM
You'd like to see more what from me?
ager - 11/17/2011, 3:07 PM
*ideas... sorry bout that
FlixMentallo21 - 11/17/2011, 3:43 PM
Well, then you and the others here will like what I've got in the pipeline for my next fancast: a direct adaptation of the 1999 DC miniseries "Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold".

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