20th Century Fox's somber, gritty superhero film Logan was touted as Hugh Jackman's last time playing the role of Wolverine, a promise that has been, for the time being, kept. But just as Jackman retired his razor-sharp claws, Ryan Reynolds was starting to settle into his red spandex suit to give fans a popular, comics-accurate take on the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool.
In Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson assembled the first iteration of X-Force, a mutant strike team that has included, at one time or another, Wolverine among its members in the comics. And, as we all know by now, actor Ryan Reynolds has been hard at work trying to get Jackman to return to the X-Men franchise -- to no avail. The actors have been increasingly teasing each other on social media recently, a fact that was brought up directly when Reynolds made an appearance on The Ellen Show on Tuesday.
"I would love to do a Wolverine/Deadpool mashup at some point, some kind of Logan thing," the actor told Ellen when she asked him about his rivalry with Jackman. "He's on this kick ball change kick right now. I can't seem to bring him back. I can't seem to bring him back to the violence and the mayhem. I'm trying. I talk to him every other day. Every other other day he takes the call. It's not really a rivalry. It's war."
The after-credits scene of Deadpool 2 did feature a sort of Wolverine/Deadpool crossover, but only by reusing old footage from X-Men: Origins - Wolverine when Wade Wilson showed up to kill his "other self." However, a true, proper crossover between the two characters is something that fans, and Reynolds himself, would love to see in the next Deadpool and/or eventual X-Force film.
However, that may prove to be difficult, given that Jackman has just announced that he will embark on a worldwide tour of his one-man stage show, which is set to feature musical numbers from movies such as Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman.
As for Deadpool, fans won't have to wait long until they see him on the screen again. Deadpool 2 is returning to theaters for a brief engagement as Once Upon a Deadpool, a holiday tale set to feature plenty of new footage.
Appearing in theaters from December 12 to December 24, Once Upon a Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Julian Dennison, Josh Brolin, and Fred Savage.