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Ever since Ryan Reynolds told his Twitter followers that he really wants his authentic version of Deadpool and Wolverine to appear in a crossover film together, film fans have been expectantly waiting for it to finally be announced. But while the potential blockbuster sounds like a match made in cinematic heaven, doubts have already been raised about whether it will actually happen - with Hugh Jackman himself insisting that the timing just might not work out given the fact that he is about to end his run as the three-clawed mutant.
Both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman spoke to Variety about the idea for a potential film, and it was clear that the former has huge plans for the Deadpool franchise that stretch way beyond the sequel. Ryan Reynolds confessed that he wants to play the superhero for as long as 20th Century Fox and the powers that be in control of the franchise allow him to do so. But when the trade pushed Jackman to either confirm or at least announce his interest in the collaboration, he was instead much more cagey. In fact, the actor admitted that he's hesitant, especially because Logan is supposed to be his final film as Wolverine. He explained,
I'm hesitating, because I could totally see how that's the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong.
It was at this point that Ryan Reynolds once again made it clear that he envisions a Deadpool and Wolverine film, specifically with Hugh Jackman playing opposite himself. Rather than wanting a new actor to come in and star as Wolverine opposite his Deadpool, Reynolds made it clear that he would have no issue using a fervent audience and fans of Deadpool, Wolverine, and X-Men to try and convince Jackman to return for a tenth appearance as the mutant. Ryan Reynolds admitted,
I have no idea if I can change his mind. It's the audience: I would exclusively exploit that relationship to get Hugh back for another one.
Of course, before any of these Deadpool & Wolverine dreams have any chance of coming true, we've got the small matter of Logan - which will see Hugh Jackman be given the freedom of an R-rating for the first time in a Wolverine movie. It's a move that was made legitimately possible thanks to the success of Deadpool, which managed to appeal to a huge audience because of just how irreverent and unique it was. The February-released blockbuster wound up being the most successful title in the entire X-Men canon, so it's no surprise that Fox now believes there's money to be made in more adult-oriented comic book stories.
Logan will be with us on March 3, 2017, and we're still waiting for confirmation regarding Deadpool 2's release date - but hopefully we'll hear some news about a start of production date at some point over the next few months. In the meantime, stay tuned here on Cinema Blend for more updates!