On “Deadpool” Crossovers & “Logan” Tone

We’re a month out from the release of “Logan,” the final outing of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in a project that’s tonally quite different to any of the previous “X-Men” films to date.

The franchise stands at a crossroads, and going forward it’s looking more like the meta-comedic stylings of “Deadpool” are what will take it forward once “Logan” finishes. “Deadpool 2” begins production later this year, a third one is being discussed, and both “X-Force” and “New Mutants” spin-offs are also in the works.

One thing that fans, and both Jackman and Ryan Reynolds have commented on in recent weeks, has been the possibility of a Deadpool and Wolverine team-up film.

This week “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick spoke about such a possibility with The Playlist and Wernick seems enthusiastic about the idea:

“We’ve come a long way from 2009, when we couldn’t get the movie off the ground ’til now. And to have [this team-up]? It would be amazing to have Hugh resurrect Wolverine in the Deadpool universe, and again, Ryan’s making a hard push to make that happen, and hopefully the public gets behind it and we can all convince Hugh to put the claws on one more time.”

Reese likes the idea, but has more reservations and admits it’s tricky as plans for the “Deadpool” franchise have already been mapped out so finding a way to fit Wolverine into the action would be difficult:

“If you’re looking at ‘Deadpool 2,’ if you’re looking at ‘X-Force,’ if you’re looking at ‘Deadpool 3,’ there’s not necessarily room for [another] team-up movie. I think it does create real scheduling and universe issues and something that could be ironed out, but it would need to be ironed out.

I don’t think any of us operated under the assumption that it would be even possible to do a Deadpool/Wolverine thing, so we just haven’t planned for it, it’s still not in the plan, but if it were to happen, it would require a hard look at the overall architecture of our storylines.”

Reese reiterated that the possibility of Deadpool having a cameo in “Logan” is definitely not happening and with good reason”

“Yeah, that’s not happening. The tones are just too different. I’m not sure exactly where that rumor came from, but Hugh and Ryan are really close and they really do want to work together and they really do want to see these characters come together, so in the long run, that rumor could become true, that they’re in a movie together, but it’s just not ‘Logan.’ And no, not even an end-credit scene.

When I say the tone doesn’t work, I think the tone will absolutely work if we put those two together. Deadpool always needs a straight man, a foil, and Wolverine would be as good a foil as Colossus, just more cantankerous. I just know the ‘Logan’ movie as they conceived it could never have Deadpool in it and work. It just couldn’t; it’s way too serious and way too dark. It’s just not right tonally. It’s really, really different.”

Speaking of “Logan,” that film’s director James Mangold has spoken to Empire this week about something that fans have spotted in the trailers and have wondered about – the older Charles X. Xavier seems to have some of his hair back.

Mangold admits that giving Professor X hair “could be kind of sacrilege” but then explains that: “The theory was that he originally lost all his hair because it’s just too damn busy [in his head] to grow hair – the idea for me was, well, maybe there’s a little fringe on there, because things are slowing down mentally.”

“Logan” is currently targeting a March 3rd release.