Movie buzz can be a funny thing. For some films, it can take months of intensive PR work to generate even the slightest murmurings of fan and media interest. For others, it never happens, no matter how much the movie's creative team and studio try.
For some films, though, buzz just...kind of happens. They're the ones that get everyone talking simply by being made. The ones that don't need a trailer release to trend on Facebook - and then 'break the internet' when one arrives all the same. The ones, essentially, that touch a cultural nerve in a very particular - and usually very geeky - way.
And sometimes - just sometimes - they star a lunatic mercenary with a bad attitude, a love of bloody murder and a kick-ass red-and-black suit.
OK, maybe that's just this one time.
The thing is, though - Deadpool (for it is he/it) hasn't lingered in our collective cultural consciousness purely because of the (anti-)hero himself: a whole lot of the fan-excitement surrounding the film has to do with what else we're going to see - with the prospect of a whole lot of X-Cameos an inevitably enticing one.
The most exciting of those potential appearances, of course, has long been the king of the X-Universe himself, Wolverine - as played by Hugh Jackman. After all, who doesn't want to see Wolverine and Deadpool go toe-to-toe on the big screen?
Now, Jackman himself actually suggested a while back that he would be "open" to the idea of appearing in Deadpool - but since that's basically just the movie-star equivalent of me saying that I'd be "open" to eating too much pizza, it didn't necessarily get us any closer to an actual cameo.
Ryan Reynolds Just Confirmed That Wolverine Will (Probably) Appear in Deadpool
Or, at least, while speaking to news.com.au, Reynolds seemed to very much suggest that the legendary hero's appearance in the movie is close to a formality. When asked whether Jackman's Wolverine would in fact appear in the film, Reynolds revealed:
"God I hope so, that would be really nice...I dunno, we’ll see. It seems like he’s open to it, but it’s gonna be more of a scheduling issue than anything else."
Which...seems a heck of a lot like a confirmation that it'll almost certainly happen. After all, the fact that it's even a question of scheduling suggests that there's a role - or perhaps a post-credits scene - prepared for Wolvie, and with both Jackman's already-documented willingness to reprise the role in the movie and the (relatively) imminent arrival of a sequel to The Wolverine, there seems to be very little standing in the way of Jackman and Reynolds teaming up on screen once more.
The Only Problem? The Last Time That Happened It Looked Like This:
Which...didn't go down too well with most fans. After all, X-Men Origins: Wolverine somehow managed to take a character who specializes in being a snarky, wise-cracking bad-ass (whose nickname is quite literally 'The Merc with a Mouth') and, after teasing us with a few minutes of Reynolds kicking ass in the part, turn him into a mouth-less, humorless killing machine.
Now, the killing machine part of that is great and all - but it kind of misses the point of the character. After all, we don't love Deadpool because he's great at killing people. We love Deadpool because he's great at killing people while simultaneously making us snort-laugh.
Which is actually the biggest reason why we so badly need to see Wolverine turn up in Deadpool - the world deserves to see Wolverine fight this guy:
As opposed to whatever the hell it was we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
So, c'mon Hugh (and Fox, and Deadpool director Tim Miller, and...pretty much anyone else involved in the decision-making process) - make it happen already!
What do you think, though?
Do you want to see Wolverine cameo in Deadpool?