Now that it’s been confirmed that Deadpool 3 will be a team-up film with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, the two can’t shut up about it. To be fair, fans have been clamoring for this to happen for a very long time, with Reynolds right along with them. So while the 48Hrs-style banter between the two characters sounds like a lot of fun, how are they actually going to get along?
In an interview with Empire, Jackman says…well, they won’t. They won’t get along at all!
“How do I categorize it? Ten being really close, zero being the reality, we’re zero, we’re opposites, hate each other,” Jackman said, “I’m just talking from my perspective, [Logan’s] frustrated by him, wants to be a million miles away from him or wants to punch him in the head. Unfortunately, he can’t be a million miles away from him in this movie, so I’m probably going to punch him in the head a lot.”
Jackman describes their dynamic as being more oil and water than peanut butter and jelly…
“No, it’s just in the banter relationship, just that sorta opposites; he’s the vinegar to [my oil]. He’s the fast-talking, quick-worded loudmouth, and my character just wants to punch him in the head. To just shut him up.”
Which, if you’ve read any of the early comic book interactions between Deadpool and Wolverine (when they weren’t specifically sent to kill the other), this is exactly how they feel about one another.
Jackman emphasizes a point he made some weeks ago about not wanting to mess with Logan, which was meant to be his final time in the role. He even ran everything past director James Mangold just to reassure him…
“He was actually pretty cool about it,” Jackman said. “I did tell him it took place before our movie, so I wasn’t going to screw up with like my claws coming out of the grave, and he was relieved by that. And he totally got it; he thought it was a really good idea.”
“None of us wanted to screw with that,” Jackman said in regard to Logan. “I was really proud of that movie and what we did, and it felt like perfect. And actually, for five years, honestly, in my heart, I was done. I was like, ‘This is it.’ And then it was August, August 14 , I was driving and [boom,] it came to me like that. I thought, ‘This could be so much fun; I’ll probably have more fun on that movie than anything I’ve ever done.”
“And on August 13, I was like, ‘I’m never playing that part again,’ I promise you,” he said.
But does Deadpool 3 have to be the end of it all? Could Jackman stick around and do more in the MCU? You can’t have the X-Men without Wolvie, y’know?
“I imagine every movie as a one-and-done; that’s how I see it,” he said. “I’ll be honest, I had a two-picture deal at the beginning, but I still assumed it was a one-and-done. Back then, there were no comic book movies, so I just take them one at a time. And I’m lucky in that way where I don’t need to think beyond that, but I think it’s the best way to go.”
That’s not a “no”.