By this stage of the game, it’s fair to assume that if you’re not sure who Deadpool, Marvel’s merc with a mouth, is, you probably don’t want to. With Ryan Reynold’s help, the character has become as pervasive as any wisecracking hired killer is going to be. As for Wolverine, if you don’t know who he is, you definitely don’t want to. As the two characters are so entwined in the comics, clamour for Hugh Jackman to cameo in Deadpool’s latest flick has seen Jackman definitively end the rumours.
We’ve reported in the past that James Mangold has refuted the rumours, but now Jackman has finally spoken. Unfortunately, the news isn’t good. Yeah, it seems the only time we get Jackman as Wolverine and Reynolds as…well…as ‘Wade Wilson’ is that one misguided movie from 2009. (I, for one, still refuse to admit that was Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.)
Jackman and Reynolds recently teamed up for a Deadpool 2 promo at CinemaCon. Obviously, that had many fans excited. So excited in fact that TMZ went straight to the source this week in hopes the boy from down under would confirm or deny the rumours.
You guessed it: he cut them to pieces. He stared right down the barrel of the camera and uttered the words we’ve all been dreading. “Ship has sailed, Ryan,” he said. “Sorry brother.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 10, 2018
Reynolds, as you probably know, has campaigned hard for the reunion to happen – and for the chance to fight the X-Man in a Deadpool movie. However, with Jackman’s claim the ship had sailed coming only hours after he hilariously told Reynolds to back it up on Good Morning America, it really does seem like the dream has gone the way of Deadpool’s favourite hand in Sins of the Past. Whether it regenerates and Jackman and Reynolds have been playing a long prank remains to be seen, but it has to be said that is just wishful thinking.
On the bright side, with Cable, Domino, Colossus and potentially, the Juggernaut as just some of the heavy hitters from the X-Men stable of comics making it into Deadpool 2, fans have more than enough to get them through this sad news.