In the comic books, the characters of Deadpool and Wolverine often find themselves clashing. Both started off in the Weapon X Program and as with most comic book relationships, they have fought each other as much as they’ve fought side-by-side. They’ve even had their own book together, which makes it sort of perfect that their respective live-action counterparts have a seemingly similar relationship in Hollywood.
Although Wolverine and Deadpool previously shared the screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, that iteration of the Merc with a Mouth has since been swept under the rug and outright mocked by the new and improved (or proper) version of the character in his mega-successful, self-titled solo outing Deadpool. When he wasn’t too busy making fun of everything else, the red-suited menace made sure to set his sarcastic sights on both Hugh Jackman and Logan.
Sometimes truth mimics fiction, as it certainly did while Jackman was in Beijing promoting his final turn as the adamantium-laced mutant. Jackman took to Twitter to share an image of the fans that had gathered for the film’s premiere, and Reynolds took that moment to tease his friend, with the entire world watching.
Pretty sure those are protesters. https://t.co/URNGDCg0cO— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 5, 2017
Really...Guy ... Really?!@VancityReynolds https://t.co/HL0bv16rhC— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) March 5, 2017
This is hardly the first time the two have bantered on social media. Jackman pretended to be Reynolds and encouraged fans to urinate on Reynolds star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in December. The exchanges between the two actors have led to a perfect storm of cross-promotion between their respective franchises, as a teaser for Deadpool 2 was featured ahead of Logan, undoing months of speculation that the former would show up in Jackman’s final outing as a cameo or in a post-credits sequence. While the two never got the chance to appear together , it didn’t stop the brief teaser from taking a shot at Jackman’s Australian accent.
From a quick look at the amount of likes and retweets both Reynolds and Jackman received during this most recent exchange, it’s clear this sort of back-and-forth between the actors is something fans are getting a kick out of. While it’s the exact sort of thing Reynolds’ character would do in or out of the movie, it’s a bit out of character for the less quippy, likely less social media-savvy Wolverine. As such, it makes Jackman’s ability to have a sense of humor about himself and the character he’s played for 17 years all the more special.