Deadpool can egg on Hugh Jackman all he likes, he’s never getting a crossover movie with Wolverine. Well, probably not. The producer of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies has officially ruled out a Deadpool/Wolverine movie, but also left a glimmer of hope by conceding there’s always a ‘chance” it could happen. Don’t hold your breath, though.
On Monday, at the New York City premiere of Deadpool 2, producer and X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg said that Logan was the definitive end to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and that there are no plans in place for Jackman to step back into the role for a Deadpool crossover.
“I know that’s something Ryan [Reynolds] has been harassing Hugh Jackman about for a long time,” Kinberg told Variety on the red carpet, “but I produced Logan and we all felt like that was a real fitting end for that character.”
Kinberg quickly followed up the statement by leaving the door just open ajar. “Is there a chance? There’s always a chance, I suppose. But we all felt like that was the best goodbye for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.”
Fans are eager for a Deadpool/Wolverine crossover simply because that movie would be awesome. The characters are so iconic and the actors who play them are near perfect representations of their comic counterparts. Their personalities, too, are a key attraction: one is a no-bullshit, violent straight man, the other a fourth wall-breaking goofball, both of whom thrive off murder, a perfect recipe for an unbelievable superhero action movie. In theory.
Unfortunately, it took a few years too long for Deadpool’s movie to get going. While the filmmakers (allegedly) planned to leak the viral test footage, Jackman tallied his years in Wolverine’s shoes. By the time Deadpool successfully launched the franchise in 2016, Jackman was already shooting his heartbreaking finale. Still, the mere fact that not one, but two Deadpool movies exist, is nothing short of a miracle, and miracles could happen again.
It’s also worth noting that Reynolds and Jackman did appear together as their characters, in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the less said about that movie the better.
Deadpool 2 will be released in theaters on May 18.