Are We Ever Going To Get A Proper Wolverine Cameo?
Deadpool 2 opens by sending up the tragic end of Logan, as Wade Wilson’s introductory narration mocks Wolverine’s death with a music box sporting a grisly tableau of a dying Wolvie as seen on screen. That seems to be it for the X-Men leader’s role in the film… until the post-credits scene.
In a hilarious unexpected throwback, Deadpool travels back in time and murders the terrible version of himself from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Jackman appears again but this time via archival footage from that movie, which allows it to look like DP is interacting with him.
These references are a lot of fun, but they do leave us wondering whether we’ll ever actually get a proper Deadpool/Wolverine crossover? Ryan Reynolds has talked about how much he wants it to happen ever since the first film came out in 2016 but unfortunately, the franchise seems to have surfaced at the wrong time, as Jackman has already hung up his adamantium claws. According to the actor, “that ship has sailed.”
It’s not just Jackman who’s putting the kibosh on this, either. X-Men exec producer Simon Kinberg has said that he feels like Logan was “the best goodbye” for the character and a further appearance would just cheapen Wolverine’s grand exit. In other words, as badly as we want it to happen, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
Does Fox Have A Plan For Mr. Sinister Or Not?
Major X-Men villain Mr. Sinister’s influence can be felt in Deadpool 2. Russell’s horrible mutant orphanage, run by Eddie Marsan’s creepy mutant-hating headmaster, is called The Essex Home For Mutant Rehabilitation. This must be a nod to Nathaniel Essex, the real name of the supervillain.
This is, of course, the second reference to Mr. Sinister after X-Men: Apocalypse saw a representative of EssexCorp pinching a vial of Wolverine’s blood from Alkali Lake. We assumed at the time that this was a clever set-up for Logan, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
So, is Fox playing the long game with Mr. Sinister here? With the references in Apocalypse and Deadpool 2, it feels like the studio is setting him up as the X-Men universe’s own version of Thanos – he’ll be teased across several movies before finally making his grand appearance. But is that really what’s going on? Or was the Essex namedrop just inserted by the Deadpool 2 production team independently of Fox?
We’re leaning towards that option, as it doesn’t sound like the studio knows what it wants to do with Sinister. We previously learned that Jon Hamm had been cast as the villain for a post-credits scene in The New Mutants, but this was scrapped during the movie’s reshoots and Antonio Banderas was brought in as another villain.