Hugh Jackman rules out Wolverine/Deadpool crossover movie

The last time Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman met onscreen in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (credit: 20th Century Fox)
The last time Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman met onscreen in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Don’t shoot the messenger.

Despite months of rumours and pressure from would-be co-star Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman would appear to have put the final kibosh on returning to play Wolverine in a crossover movie with Deadpool.

And the reason why is readily apparent: as the 48-year old actor told his followers on Facebook during a live Q&A (quotes via Comic Book Movie), the upcoming ‘Logan’ was always intended as his final word on Marvel’s iconic ‘X-Men’ anti-hero.

Hugh Jackman in ‘Logan’ (credit: 20th Century Fox)
Hugh Jackman in ‘Logan’ (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Asked if the ‘Wolverine/Deadpool’ crossover remained a possibility, Jackman replied, “No, and Ryan is currently sleeping outside my house. Look, if that movie had appeared 10 years ago, probably a different story, but I knew two and a half years ago that this was the last one.

“The first call I made was to [‘Logan’ director James Mangold]. I said, ‘Jim, I got one more shot at this,’ and as soon as Jim came up with the idea and we worked on it, I was never more excited. But, it feels like the right time.

“Deadpool, go for it man, do your thing. You don’t need me.”

Credit: 20th Century Fox
Ryan Reynolds in ‘Deadpool’ (credit: 20th Century Fox)

One can hardly blame Reynolds for wanting to reunite with Jackman, given that their last on-screen team-up – 2009’s ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ in which Reynolds played a heavily altered version of Wade Wilson – is something of a black mark on both men’s CVs.

However, with Jackman having appeared as Wolverine in all six existing ‘X-Men’ movies and the two previous ‘Wolverine’ solo films, one can hardly blame him for being ready to hang up the adamantium claws and the mutton chops – and if the critical buzz ‘Logan’ has inspired is anything to go by, he’ll be going out on a serious high.

‘Logan’ opens in UK cinemas 1 March – whilst ‘Deadpool 2’ is expected to start production this summer, before hitting screens at some point in 2018.

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