Deadpool was quick to become 20th Century Fox’s most successful movie release of 2016, as well as the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide ever – and one of the most successful superhero movies, in general. There’s no denying that Ryan Reynolds’ take on “The Merc with a Mouth” is now widely accepted as one of the most likable and entertaining superhero characters the big screen has ever seen.
Throughout the original Deadpool movie, Reynolds’ character takes many shots at fellow X-Men anti-hero Wolverine – but that doesn’t mean that the bad blood between the characters is something that exists off screen between the actors who portray them. And while Jackman may be leaving the claws behind following the release of Logan next year, Reynolds is hoping he can entice the Australian actor into coming back for one last hoorah, opposite his own Marvel superhero character, Deadpool.
Here is what Reynolds told EW, with respect to his hopes for a Deadpool/Wolverine team-up movie that includes Jackman:
“I want Deadpool and Wolverine in a movie together. What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line.
“Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but I genuinely love the guy.”
Knowing Reynolds is more-than-willing to get back on the big screen to take part in a collaborative movie with Jackman (in addition to doing his part for Deadpool 2) is exciting news, but it’s going to take more than that to get the Wolverine actor onboard for such a crossover film. Even if Jackman did show his interest again in playing Wolverine one final, final time, the decision would then firmly rest with 20th Century Fox – which may have other plans for the Wolverine character (read: a reboot with a new actor), post-Logan‘s theatrical releasee.
With both Deadpool and Wolverine being such fan-favorite characters, bringing the two together could (in theory) give rise to a massive blockbuster hit, with the crossover film likely to do solid business at the box office – perhaps all the more so, should it be granted an R Rating. The two characters have been featured together in iterations of Marvel comic books and video games on multiple occasions now, so the back catalogue of storylines and source material is right there for the taking.
Of course, bringing Jackman back to play Wolverine again after Logan is released could be simply seen as a cash grab, what with Logan being marketed heavily around the idea that it’s Jackman’s swan song as his famous X-Men character. There’s also always the risk that a such collaborative movie would turn out for the worst too – though there’s little reason for either Reynolds or Jackman to put their names on a script that they didn’t think would light the world on fire.