2016 is almost over and it is still safe to say that Deadpool is one of the most successful movies of the year. Naturally, Fox gave the sequel a green light and things are moving ahead on Deadpool 2, despite some issues, like director Tim Miller leaving over "creative differences." The franchise won't end after this second installment. Looking ahead to the future, if Ryan Reynolds has his way, Wolverine will join him in a Deadpool movie at some point.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Reynolds made it clear that he would really love to see a Deadpool/Wolverine movie down the line. Not just any Wolverine, mind you, but he wants Hugh Jackman to bring the claws back out and get down and dirty with him. Here is what he had to say.
"I want Deadpool and Wolverine in a movie together. What we're gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I'm going to need to do what I can to get my internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line. Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but I genuinely love the guy."
The first Deadpool is the highest-grossing movie in the X-Men franchise to date, having brought in a tremendous $782 million worldwide, working from a comparatively small $58 million budget. Fox is already working on plans for a Deadpool 3, which will include the mutant team X-Force. But nothing is set in stone for the third installment, so we can't totally rule out the possibility of Wolverine showing up to shed some blood and give some maximum effort alongside Wade Wilson. As Ryan Reynolds said though, he may have to really rally for the cause, because as of right now, Hugh Jackman is done with the character of Wolverine.
As most fans know quite well, Ryan Reynolds actually made his first appearance as Deadpool in the 2009 spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Logan and Wade Wilson squared off in the final act of the movie. Many fans felt Deadpool was handled very poorly in this movie, something Ryan Reynolds has always agreed upon. In fact, Deadpool's appearance in the first Wolverine movie was so hated, it kept the Deadpool solo movie from happening for quite a few years, as the spin-off toiled away in development hell.
In Mach, Fox is releasing Logan, the third solo Wolverine movie which Hugh Jackman has said very confidently will be his last turn as the character. Deadpool does have a very meta aspect to it, so there is always a possibility that they could find a creative way to bring him into the fold and convince Hugh Jackman to do it. Fox would most definitely be on board, since they would be uniting their two most profitable characters in one movie and Ryan Reynolds had nothing but nice things to say, so maybe he can charm Hugh Jackman into doing it. At the very least, a cameo could be fun, similar to what he did in X-Men: First Class. There is also the possibility that a newly cast Wolverine could join up with Deadpool in a future movie. That would be a creative way to bring a new version of the character to life, but Ryan Reynolds seemed pretty clear that he wants it to be Hugh Jackman. The X-Men franchise fans would probably agree.
Right now Deadpool 2 is still in the pre-production phase but will be gearing up for production soon. John Wick director David Leitch was recently hired to take over duties for Tim Miller, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are returning to pen the script for Deadpool 2, which doesn't currently have a release date. If the sequel can match the success of the first Deadpool maybe, just maybe, we can get a Deadpool/Wolverine movie at some point in the future, but don't get your hopes up just yet.