These guys have been joking about it for so long now that it almost sounds serious (it isn’t) — but Ryan Reynolds’ eternal campaign to draft Hugh Jackman into Deadpool’s isolated little corner of the MCU has reached a new level of silly.
Reynolds used his recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to pretty much beat up on his Marvel cousin without fear of reprisal, painting Jackman as that guy who’s given up on life and can’t be bothered to drag himself off the couch to answer the door — at least when it comes to reviving Wolverine for a Deadpool crossover.
Jackman’s hurtful reluctance to bring Wolvie out of retirement, just for his old pal's sake, finally led Reynolds to escalate the two stars’ ongoing love spat into an all-out “war.”
"I would love to do a Deadpool-Wolverine mashup at some point; some kind of Logan thing,” said a wounded and wistful-sounding Reynolds. “… I can't seem to bring him back. I can't seem to bring him back to the violence and mayhem. I'm trying! I talk to him every other day. Every other, other day, he takes the call. But yeah — no, it's not really a rivalry; it's war.”
If it’s a “war,” though, it’s a war of attrition that, we’ve gotta admit, Jackman may be winning through his hilarious, dialed-back coolness. It’s always Reynolds who’s nipping at Jackman’s aloof, reluctant heels, while Jackman just hangs back and plays the whole thing off like a weary star who left it all on the field with Logan.
So far, the closest we’ve come to seeing any kind of crossover since 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine is that one time, back in April, when Deadpool hopped in Jackman’s hotel bed, started singing, and wouldn’t get out.
At the end of the day, the more these two guys feud about whether Jackman’s Wolverine will ever show up in a Deadpool movie, the higher the fan expectation (or at least the hope) that it might someday happen — even if it’s just for a funny cameo or a post-credits scene.
But will it ever actually happen? Let us know your predictions in the comments.