It’s funny to think of how attached-at-the-hip the characters of Deadpool and Wolverine are in Fox’s X-Men franchise and its offshoots. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), or a variation of him, was first introduced to mainstream audiences via X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then, once Deadpool got a proper solo film and reintroduction, he made sure to drop a few loving jabs at that Wolverine flick (and to star Hugh Jackman, too). During the promotional campaign for Deadpool, and now for Logan, Jackman and Reynolds have kept up a playful public rapport that many fans wish we could see spill over onto the big screen one day. But there’s one problem: If Jackman sticks to his guns, that means it’s never going to happen.
Yes, by now we’re all well aware of the fact that Logan is supposed to be Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine, a character he’s now played for 17 years. But during a chat with Variety, Reynolds and Jackman revealed that they’ve discussed a Deadpool/Wolverine film.
“I’m hesitating, because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong,” Jackman said. He’s right, of course, as Logan looks like it’ll serve as a perfect exit for the character, providing an opportunity for him to walk off into the sunset on his own terms. To suddenly play a more youthful Wolverine, having some sort of (mis)adventure with Wade Wilson, would be an unfortunate about-face and take some of the special glow that currently emanates off of Logan away.
“I have no idea if I can change his mind,” Reynolds said, of his desire to make Jackman change his mind. “It’s the audience: I would exclusively exploit that relationship to get Hugh back for another one.” He says he’d be willing to keep pushing for it since he thinks a Wolverine/Deadpool flick would “light the screen on fire.”
He’s not wrong. But it’s just a tricky situation, and a ship that likely sailed away some time ago.
How would you feel if Jackman said he’d come back for a team-up with Deadpool?