During the 546th episode of “The Empire Film Podcast,” Hugh Jackman opened up about Wolverine’s relationship with Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson in their upcoming MCU debut, promising fans a solid bout of near-lethal antagonism:
“How do I categorize it? 10 being really close, zero being the reality, we’re zero, we’re opposites, hate each other. 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 and Reynolds are notably friends in real life, so it’s possible Jackman is playing up the feud between their characters for the joy of the bit. However, it’s more likely that he’s actually dropping hints about what the story will be. Without getting too nerdy, in the comics, Wolverine and Deadpool have an … odd friendship. Wolverine’s fuse is shorter than he is and Deadpool’s humor is often times very, very gun-shaped. To cap it off, both of them are practically immortal, thanks in no small part to their healing abilities, which ranges from mending wounds to, well, total regrowth. A quick Google image search showcases the numerous (and gory — viewer discretion is strongly advised!) ways that the pair have clashed. In the end, though, they always come back, hearty and whole. After all, what’s a few bullet holes and some light decapitation between friends, right?
The as-yet-untitled third “Deadpool” movie (“D3adpool?”) hits theaters on November 8, 2024.