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.
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.”
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.