Ryan Reynolds wants to make a Deadpool/Wolverine team-up film to follow Deadpool 2. The fact that Wolverine is dead and the role has yet to be recast following Hugh Jackman’s retirement after Logan are the only minor obstacles. After all, since when has death ever been permanent in the comics?
Wade Wilson and Logan have a long and largely violent history in the original Marvel Comics. The interactions between the two have been largely antagonistic, with Wolverine finding Deadpool annoying and Deadpool having taken mercenary work that put the Merc with the Mouth up against Logan. Despite this, the two have worked together, most notably in one incarnation of X-Force. The two are also the most popular Canadian superheroes in the world, though the argument of which one is more beloved is best left to the fans.
Reynolds spoke about the dream project, during an interview with EW. Reynolds contends that the fact that Wolverine died at the end of the movie Logan is no obstacle to the two heroes joining forces in a new film, despite Deadpool’s own place in the continuity of the X-Men franchise being in question. Reynolds said:
He’s alive and well in my timeline. There is a Logan running around out there with a little bushy chest and his little sharpy, sharpy claws, and he is alive and well and ready to go. I would love that.
The biggest challenge, according to Reynolds, is the fact that he wants Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine but Jackman is happily retired from the role. While the two actors are good friends and Jackman was enough of a sport to give Reynolds a cameo, as Deadpool, in a video thanking his fans for their good wishes on his birthday, it seems unlikely that friendship is magical enough to convince Jackman to take one more stab at playing Logan.
“I think convincing Hugh of that would be a near-impossible feat, but there’s no human being I love more than Hugh Jackman in that universe, and equally so as a friend. He’s just the best. I already miss him as Logan, so I’m one of those guys that whenever I see him, I’m like, ‘Come on, man. Just one more. Come on. We’ll do it together. It’ll be fun. Come on! On three. Here we go, together. One, two, three, together,’ and it’s always just me saying it.”
Hopes are still high, however, that Jackman might be persuaded to don the Adamantium claws and mutton chops one more time for the sake of a good joke – perhaps even doing a cameo in Deadpool 2. Jackman made a similar cameo during Fox’s comedic musical number presentation at CinemaCon last month, so he may not be completely adverse to bringing Logan back for the right reason. Unlikely as it may be, fans can continue to hope and dream that the only place we ever see Jackman and Reynolds play Wolverine and Deadpool opposite each other will not be X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Untitled Deadpool Sequel/Deadpool 2 release date: May 18, 2018
X-Men: Dark Phoenix release date: Feb 14, 2019
Gambit release date: Jun 7, 2019
New Mutants release date: Aug 2, 2019