Rumors have been flying since Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds said during a December interview with Entertainment Weekly “I want Deadpool and Wolverine in a movie together.” The primary hurdle he cited was Hugh Jackman’s insistence that Logan–the upcoming film inspired by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven‘s Old Man Logan comic series–would be his last appearance as the cantankerous clawed mutant. Reynolds called for fans to convince Jackman not to hang up the claws, which seemed to have some effect. “I’m hesitating,” Jackman told Variety, “because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong.”
Some speculated that Deadpool may turn up in a post-credits sequence in Logan, but it has been confirmed that won’t be happening, as the tone of the film wouldn’t allow for Deadpool’s particular brand of humor.
So what about in the future? While contributors are hopeful, it’s not looking likely. “It would be amazing to have Hugh resurrect Wolverine in the Deadpool universe,” Wernick told The Playlist, via IGN. “Ryan’s making a hard push to make that happen, and hopefully the public gets behind it and we can all convince Hugh to put the claws on one more time.” Unfortunately, the problems are more to do with production scheduling, and the potential for canonical upset it could cause to the universe of the film. “If you’re looking at Deadpool 2, if you’re looking at X-Force, if you’re looking at Deadpool 3, there’s not necessarily room for [another] team-up movie,” Reese said. “I think it does create real scheduling and universe issues and something that could be ironed out, but it would need to be ironed out. I don’t think any of us operated under the assumption that it would be even possible to do a Deadpool/Wolverine thing, so we just haven’t planned for it, it’s still not in the plan, but if it were to happen, it would require a hard look at the overall architecture of our storylines.”
So while it’s not on the cards for now, it seems like the best thing fans can do is to make enough noise to cause the studios and license holders to sit up and take notice.
In other Deadpool news, Reynolds recently took to Twitter to respond to missing out on Oscars nominations, Tim Millar revealed why he quit as director of Deadpool 2, and Wernick set expectations on what the sequel will and won’t do after the surprise success of the first Deadpool.
Logan hits theatres in early March, 2017. Check out our own Tony Guerrero’s impressions of the first 40 minutes here.