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Ryan Reynolds made his cinematic debut as Deadpool way back in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now that his foulmouthed, katana-swinging character has his own standalone X-Men movie, will Hugh Jackman return the favor? The actor has played Wolverine seven times on the big screen already, and he says his last movie with be the sequel to his outing with James Mangold. But, if Reynolds' words hold any truth, then Jackman is on board to return.
Reynolds recently spoke with News.com.au to promote his recent project Woman in Gold, and he said Fox and Jackman's camp are trying to feature an appearance from the adamantium-clawed mutant. When asked if we will see Wolverine in Deadpool, he said,
Comic book fans universally hated the first on-screen collaboration of these two characters. The Origins movie saw Deadpool as one of William Stryker's bonkers mutant experiments. He surgically shut his mouth -- Stryker joked he'd be the perfect soldier if it wasn't for that mouth -- and then spliced other abilities from different mutants to create a super-mutant, one with the accelerated healing of Deadpool, the claws of Wolverine, the eye beams of Cyclops and the teleporting abilities of Kestrel. Overall, he looked like a plastic surgery nightmare.
This time around, however, Deadpool will see a proper origin story for the merc with the mouth. Born Wade Winston Wilson, the mutant was a former Special Forces operative who underwent experimental surgery that left him mentally messed up but with accelerated healing. Now he's on the hunt for the people who did this to him. It has the same basic premise as the Wolverine: Origins movie, only this film will be R rated, as if the promotional video of Deadpool decapitating Mario Lopez in a bloody display wasn't clear.
Before Hugh Jackman announced his impending retirement as Wolverine, he made it seem like his character would be popping up, at least in a cameo appearance, in X-Men: Apocalypse. Though he says the sequel to The Wolverine will be his last film, that doesn't necessarily rule out cameos. So, perhaps there's hope for Deadpool yet! Regardless of Jackman's involvement, Deadpool features a supporting cast that includes T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, Ed Skrein as Ajax, and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Plus, Colossus will have a part to play as well, though it's unclear if Daniel Cudmore, who portrayed the mutant in the other X-Men films, will be returning for Deadpool.
Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.