Marvel fans the world over collectively had their hopes built up to dizzying heights, before having them obliterated into a thousand pieces, all in the space of a few hours. Almost immediately after an apparent confirmation of Deadpool's appearance in Logan, director James Mangold and leading man Ryan Reynolds refuted claims and broke the hearts of millions.
An article by The Wrap cited a source who claimed that Reynolds was filming with Deadpool 2 director David Leitch to appear in a post-credit scene for Wolverine's final outing, before the rumors were outright denied on Twitter hours later. But, as disappointing as it seems, the truth is, Deadpool's omission from Logan is a good thing.
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'Logan': The Wrong Place And The Wrong Time For Deadpool
Of course, everyone desperately wants to see the two team-up on the big screen. Reynolds's appearance as an unrecognizable and generally criticized version of Wade Wilson in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine has left a bad taste in the mouth, and following the character's recent resurgence, an R-rated pairing would act as a refreshing mutant mouthwash.
Even #RyanReynolds himself has been vocal about his desire for the two X-Men to join forces, showing his admiration for Jackman by confirming that he'd like to see #Deadpool and #Wolverine star in their own movie "not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but [because] I genuinely love the guy."
However, #Logan isn't the right setting for the much needed reunion. This is #HughJackman at the twilight of his portrayal of Wolverine, his ninth and final outing. The film focuses on a dark future, where mutants are nearly extinct; even from the footage in the trailer, it's obvious that Logan is distressed and not the force he used to be, as his healing ability is beginning to fade.
The tone of the film reflects this, too. It's the first X-Men film to be R-rated — thanks to Jackman taking a paycut for his performance — and is influenced by the acclaimed #Marvel Comics story arc Old Man Logan. The rating allows Mangold to fully explore the emotional complexity of the powerful mutant who was made to fight, at a time when he would've recently experienced the loss of many people close to him.
Factor in Deadpool, and those elements lose their impact — even if he only appears in a post-credit scene. The Merc with a Mouth is a jovial, non-stop joke-telling psychopath (albeit saturated with dark humor) who would disrupt the tone of Logan. That's not to mention, due to the characters popularity, he could easily undermine Hugh Jackman at a time when the actor, after 17 years of service, rightfully deserves all of the superhero limelight.
The Dream Isn't Over: Wolverine In 'Deadpool 2'
But the dream doesn't have to be over. Reynolds himself admitted he'd need to convince Jackman to consider one last appearance for the pair to appear together, and that's not outside the realm of possibility considering Deadpool 2 won't start filming until next summer, with a release date in 2018. It'd be much more fitting for Wolverine to enter Wade's world, rather than the other way around (plus, the narrative could fit).
Fox are already introducing a grittier side to their Marvel movies following the success of Deadpool, gradually bringing members of the X-Force to the big screen. With the antihero ensemble expected to take center stage over the coming years, what better time for Wolverine to finally reunite with Deadpool?
Would you like to see Deadpool appear in Logan?