Deadpool did everything that most superhero movies don't. It was full of adult humor, boasted an R rating, and was totally unsuitable for the main superhero movie audience: Kids and teens. But still, Deadpool experienced incredible success, grossing $746 million at the box office and becoming the most successful R-rated movie ever.
So when a Deadpool sequel was announced, rumors began to swirl. Would Hugh Jackman, whose Wolverine character was paramount to Deadpool's creation, appear in the sequel? After all, Wolverine is referenced and mocked throughout Deadpool. Would the two get to pair up and meet on the big screen?
Jackman was an influential force on Deadpool's creation, according to writer Rhett Reese. "The great thing about it is that Hugh was a little bit like a guardian angel for us. He was very supportive of the movie; he was very supportive of us poking fun at Wolverine. He’s a buddy of Ryan’s, so every request we made of him — like, can we use your People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover? — those were Hugh questions, they weren’t studio questions. And Hugh, every single time, was like, 'Do it. I think that’s hilarious.'"
And let's not forget that Reynolds first played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's not altogether out of the question that the two characters would meet again. And Jackman and Reynolds? Well, they didn't give anyone straight answers regarding the matter.
During an interview with Uni Lad, Jackman was asked if the rumors of Wolverine's appearance in the movie were true. His response? “I’ve been asked that question a lot… Ryan Reynolds is literally camped outside my house right now. He’s not very good at hearing the word ‘no’.”
Jackman has publicly considered the role of Wolverine in Deadpool. In an interview, Jackman said of the role, “I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong.” It's also worth noting that Jackman had previously said that Logan would mark the last time he would play Wolverine.
Reynolds and Jackman have long engaged in a friendly feud, taking digs at each other. In November of 2015, Reynolds pretended to be Jackman while wearing Deadpool makeup. Deadpool itself poked fun at Jackson with Wolverine disses.
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But Jackman wasn't about to let Reynolds have the last word. He found a Reynolds mask and posted this "100% real video" of Reynolds being honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He ends the video with the statement, "So, thank you, America, and feel free to urinate on my section of the sidewalk.” Touché.
Jackman and Reynolds have been further playing things up for their fans, engaging in a Twitter war. Jackman thanked his fans for their support of Logan, tweeting "Thanks for an amazing visit Beijing! @WolverineMovie @20thcenturyfox." Reynolds replied back almost immediately, writing "Pretty sure those are protesters."
If Reynolds were to convince Jackson to join on, would Deadpool writers be on board? It sounds like it. Deadpool writer Paul Wernick cleared the issue up for fans. "We've come a long way from 2009, when we couldn't get the movie off the ground 'til now. And to have [this team-up]? It would be amazing to have Hugh resurrect Wolverine in the Deadpool universe, and again, 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."
Well, it's not looking promising. Deadpool writer Rhett Reese pointed out the potential issues with incorporating Wolverine. "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.
"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 Jackman may not be in the Deadpool sequel, perhaps Pierce Brosnan will? Reynolds posted this picture on his Instagram account, featuring him, Jackman, and Bosnan in the "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" pose. Fans have hypothesized that perhaps Brosnan is slated to play Cable in the sequel.
While it would be great to see Wolverine appear in a future Deadpool, we still don't know if that will actually happen. So, we should all say our goodbyes to this incredible character. Logan was released on March 3rd; be sure to go see it in case we don't get to see Wolverine again.