About a month ago, a report was released saying that Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool would be making a cameo in Logan later this year. However, the validity of the news was quickly shot down by Reynolds himself, Logan writer/director James Mangold, and even Hugh Jackman - all of whom expressed their desire to see the two characters cross paths, but just not in Logan. Considering the somber, singular tone that the upcoming standalone film embraces it's fair to say that having a meta, self-referential character like Wade Wilson pop up out of nowhere would spoil that tone.
Even though he won't be appearing in Logan, and the film had previously been billed as Hugh Jackman's last film as the character, talks of a possible Deadpool-Wolverine crossover happening have only grown in the month since that initial report. And it's more than just Jackman and Reynolds who think a crossover between the two could work as well.
While speaking with The Playlist also, Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talked briefly about the crossover rumors and fan desires, first shooting down once and for all the possibility of a Deadpool appearance in Logan:
“Yeah, that’s not happening. The tones are just too different. I’m not sure exactly where that rumor came from, but Hugh and Ryan are really close and they really do want to work together and they really do want to see these characters come together, so in the long run, that rumor could become true — that they’re in a movie together, but it’s just not ‘Logan.’ And no, not even an end-credit scene.”
As for how and why the duo think a crossover between the Deadpool and Wolverine could work on the big screen, Reese said:
“Well, when I say the tone doesn’t work, I think the tone will absolutely work if we put those two together. Deadpool always needs a straight man, a foil, and Wolverine would be as good a foil as Colossus, just more cantankerous. I just know the ‘Logan’ movie as they conceived it could never have Deadpool in it and work. It just couldn’t; it’s way too serious and way too dark. It’s just not right tonally. It’s really, really different.”
Indeed, as comic book fans already know, a crossover between Wolverine and Deadpool could and should absolutely work on the big screen if done right and handled well - especially if Jackman and Reynolds were still playing the characters. There was, of course, originally plans for Deadpool and Wolverine to have onscreen moments together starting back with X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, though that was before things went horribly, horribly wrong with that film. But now that a faithful, successful version of the Merc with a Mouth has found his way to the big screen, a crossover between the two is almost inevitable at this point.
That is, if Hugh Jackman does decide to keep playing the Wolverine character after Logan, which may not even be much of a possibility depending on how that film finishes his story. After all, the actor has said numerous times before he's ready to hang up the claws, and James Mangold has confirmed the film was written as a kind of ending for the character. With the possibility of a Deadpool/Wolverine crossover more realistic than ever before, is it possible Jackman could extend his time as the character even if for just one more film. Only time will tell, but if he did decide to do it, there's very little doubt on the creative team's part of how it could work.
Source: The Playlist
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- Logan (2017) release date: Mar 03, 2017