In an interview released the other day with USA Today, Hugh Jackman let on that the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie that is currently in production will feature “a good bit of cameos of new and familiar mutants.”
As well, back in August Beyond Hollywood referrenced an interview on Wizard Magazine’s website (that can no longer be located on Wizard’s site) where sources mentioned “scenes featuring Wolverine in Vietnam, a pre-X-Men love interest for the furry mutant and character names familiar to comic fans such as the teleporter John Wraith, who served with Wolverine on special ops missions as part of Team X, along with Fred J. Dukes (aka the Blob).”
Today, I received an email from a very reliable source inside the production that confirmed that not only will The Blob appear in the movie, but that test footage has already been shot with an actor in a rubber suit. As our source explains, the suit makes him look like he is 800 lbs., but the producers of the film wanted to make him even bigger, something like 1200 lbs. The key thing to note here is not only that The Blob will appear in the movie, but that it will be an actor in a suit rather than CGI. Of course the fact that this is test footage being shot means it isn’t final, but this confirms that some Blob-ness will be in the movie in some form or another.
The 1200 lbs. thing also had be curious, so I consulted the Marvel Universe website for more. According to Marvel Universe’s listing, Fred J. Dukes (a.k.a The Blob) stands 5’10″ and originally weighted 510 lbs. This makes me wonder about the size. Marvel describes The Blob’s powers as follows:
“The Blob could create a mono-directional gravity field extending five feet from his center of balance, rendering himself virtually immovable as long as he was in contact with the ground. His body formerly had superhuman strength and durability; the fat tissues could absorb the impact of bullets, cannonballs, and even missiles. Unable to feel pain, the Blob’s skin could not be punctured, lacerated, frostbitten, or ravaged by disease due to its great elasticity and highly accelerated cell replacement rate. His eyes, ears, nose and mouth were not as resistant to injury, nor was he as resistant to fire or heat. The Blob’s size and strength have been temporarily increased to various levels over the years.”
From where I am sitting this is a very interesting character, but I am a little weary about him being 1200 lbs. Does that even make sense? I need some X-Men/Marvel fanatics to weigh in on this topic.