Ryan Reynolds Will Show Up as Deadpool in Logan: Report (Updated)

Image: 20th Century Fox
Image: 20th Century Fox

As if the timelines for these X-Men-related movies wasn’t confusing enough, The Wrap’s claiming that Ryan Reynolds has shot a scene as Deadpool for the upcoming Logan.

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According to the report, the scene (apparently directed by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch) is likely to be a post-credits tag, which makes a lot more sense than trying to fit Deadpool into Logan more organically. We saw the first act of Logan earlier this month, and while there is a fair amount of humor and even wisecracking—especially from Boyd Holbrook’s villain Donald Pierce—Deadpool’s fourth-wall demolishing brand of humor would stand out in Logan. That movie’s going for a Western-meets-Little Miss Sunshine vibe that is very particular.

That said, the inclusion of Deadpool as he appeared in Deadpool makes us wonder if X-Men Origins: Wolverine is now shunted off into an alternate universe, the way Days of Future Past did to X-Men: The Last Stand. Because it’s hard to imagine that the Deadpool-in-name-only character from Origins has any relation to the one that we saw this year.

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Whatever references Logan might make to any of the other X-Men movies is going to completely muddy the “what still happened” waters. That said, this timeline confusion makes the X-Men movies even more comic book accurate than any other adaptation out there.

Logan comes out March 3.

Update: Ryan Reynolds has tweeted out a response which seems very carefully worded:

Reynolds’ response is to someone saying that he’ll appear with Hugh Jackman in Logan, which he says is not the case. Also, he threw in a Les Miserables reference just for fun.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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michaeljeter
MichaelJeter

Fox’s efforts to fuck up the internal continuity of this series are, frankly, almost ambitious. I’m not even mad, it’s hilarious.

We’ve now got a Wolverine who has interacted with two Deadpools, who were played by the same actor but clearly different characters with different backstories, and one of those Deadpools just did a movie which featured a Colossus who also was a pretty clearly different character than the one we’d seen alongside this same Wolverine in previous X-movies.