WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
He's the best there is at what he does, but what he does ... isn't very lengthy in Deadpool 2, bub.
Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine technically shared the big screen in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While Reynolds' portrayal remained true to the character in that movie, the story strayed drastically from the source material when the motor-mouthed mercenary was turned into the first cinematic version of "Deadpool," dubbed Weapon XI. That creation is regularly mocked by fans, and by Reynolds himself, because it was nothing like the Deadpool everyone knows and loves. His mouth was forced shut, he had giant retractable adamantium blades, he could teleport -- heck, he could even fire optic blasts. While the comics version of Deadpool did have his mouth wired shut at one point, and he does sometimes possess a teleportation device, the character in his live-action debut was nothing like the antihero from Marvel comics. Thus, fans were denied a scene involving comics-accurate renditions Deadpool and Wolverine.
Once Tim Miller's Deadpool unleashed a comics-accurate Merc with a Mouth in 2016, there was a growing demand to see this Wade Wilson interact with Jackman's Wolverine. Of course, it's not only audiences that have relentlessly lobbied for some kind of crossover, but Reynolds himself, leading Jackman to recently joke that his friend needs to "play a little hard to get." However, Jackman has remained adamant that 2017's Logan is his ninth and final appearance as Wolverine, a role he originated in 2000's X-Men. It seemed like the closest fans, and Reynolds, would get was the scene in 2016's Deadpool in which Wade Wilson staples to his face a cutout of Jackman's People magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" cover.
Of course, there had been some speculation Jackman might appear in Deadpool 2, undoubtedly bolstered by a pair of recent Instagram videos. Well, it turns out it's technically true, although it's not the kind of cameo fans might have expected.
There's a gag about Logan's cinematic death early in the film, but it isn't until once the credits begin to roll that Wolverine makes an appearance. Deadpool 2 finally delivers the true cinematic version of Deadpool together with ... Wolverine's signature adamantium claws. It's just very brief, and relies on old footage.
In Deadpool 2's mid-credits sequence, Wade uses Cable's time-travel device to fix two big mistakes: Ryan Reynolds becoming Green Lantern, and Weapon XI's fight with Logan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Before the big fight between Logan and Weapon XI begins, the Merc with a Mouth viciously murders Weapon XI. Deadpool shoots him, and then continues to shoot the villain when he's already down for the count. While that obviously wouldn't kill Weapon XI (the foe survived decapitation), it's still a hugely satisfying moment for fans, especially as it occurs with Wolverine's hand and claws in the foreground.
The faithful version of Deadpool has finally appeared onscreen at the same time as Wolverine -- only it didn't involve any new footage with Jackman. While it may be brief, and some viewers will be left wanting more, it's still pure fan service. Weapon XI definitely deserved that.
In theaters nationwide, director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.