Deadpool did what many superhero movies struggle to do; faithfully adapt their hero. It had everything you need for Deadpool: the comedy, the violence, the self-referential humour and the breaking of the fourth wall. It was a risk but one that has paid off for Fox (and Marvel).
This has led to the Deadpool sequel being green-lit and the R-Rated superhero making his return to the big screen in 2017. Fox are also bringing Wolverine back to the big screen too and this could solve an issue for the studio and their popular but ageing property. Hugh Jackman has signed on for one more movie and has been hinting at the excellent book “Old Man Logan” for the source material that will inspire the movie. This would prove to be both a great send-off for both Jackman and his version of Wolverine.
Fox can’t let their clawed hero go though and Wolverine will be recast. It will be a jarring and tricky move because Jackman has done such a good job of playing the X-Man. This is why placing the new Wolverine in the second Deadpool could solve those issues.
Fox could place the Wolverine sequel at the beginning of the summer, sending Jackman off with a bang but then place the new Wolverine in Deadpool’s sequel. This offers some opportunities for Fox to smooth over the transition. For starters, Deadpool is the only superhero who can actually reference the change! Jackman specifically got a mention in the Deadpool movie and that could make for a decent running joke, helping settle the fans of the original and introduce whoever takes over.
Secondly, it sets the foundation for an R-Rated, violent and bloody Wolverine which is closest to the comics. As much as the fans hope and want, the final Jackman movie won’t be R-Rated. That is a gamble you can take with your unknown Ryan Reynolds property but not your potential summer tentpole. Once Jackman has left though, the new Wolverine could be placed in the sweary, bloody world of the Merc with the Mouth.
It will also be a great film. Wolverine and Deadpool are two very different characters who have many altercations, team-ups and battles in the comics. Deadpool is light and funny, Wolverine is gruff and settles for little nonsense. It makes for a great odd-couple combination which the movie could do well to take advantage of.
Overall, Deadpool vs Wolverine could be the R-Rated, clash of the heroes sequel that Deadpool needs while also solving the issue of introducing a new actor to Jackman’s iconic role. It can be self-referential, funny and best of all, violently faithful to the character from the comics, something sorely lacking from Jackman’s version.