Mild spoilers for Logan follow.
Now playing in theaters worldwide, Logan has managed to squeeze Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee and the fourth-wall shattering merc with a mouth Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, into Hugh Jackman's final film as a mutant.
Rather than appearing in the movie itself or a highly-expected post-credits scene, Stan Lee and Deadpool appear in Logan before the movie begins. After the trailers play and before the film begins, the two Marvel icons are seen discussing various topics in a movie theater as a teaser of sorts for Deadpool 2. There are also a few familiar songs from the original film which fans of the merc with a mouth will enjoy
The sequence, filmed in January, is the closest thing to a Deadpool/Wolverine crossover on the big screen, directed by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch. Jackman has remained firm on his "final movie" stance with Logan serving as his sendoff. Not only is Jackman done with X-Men movies after Logan but Charles Xavier actor Patrick Stewart also announced his retirement from the 20th Century Fox-owned franchise a week ago, as well.
Deadpool 2, however, is on the way with production set to begin in June and Ryan Reynolds returning to the sequel as the titular anti-hero being joined by Cable. Also coming from 20th Century Fox are X-Force and New Mutants films, along with an eventual Gambit set to film in 2018 and possibly another effort with the Fantastic Four characters.
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In 2029, the mutant population has shrunk significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine.
She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins … In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are ageing, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over.
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