If you’ve spent any time on the internet over the past couple of days, you’ve probably heard some of the elated discussion that’s been bouncing around concerning the reported appearance of the crude, wacky comic pseudohero Deadpool in the upcoming grizzly, ultra-serious Logan.
Apparently, The Wrap and other sources claim, Ryan Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth will turn up in Hugh Jackman’s final superhero movie, just in time to ruin any of the gravitas and emotion that the movie is aiming to achieve.
Supposedly, it would be something along the lines of a scene in which Logan is openly weeping over the death of all his loved ones, only for Deadpool to pop up, make an off-color joke, and remind everyone in the audience that Hugh Jackman is Australian, not Canadian.
Heck, if you’re going to do that, might as well have Professor X wear a clown nose for the entire movie. The steely, thoughtful, grounded vibe that James Mangold seems to be striving for with Logan wouldn’t last two seconds once Deadpool arrives on the scene.
Perhaps that’s why the director of Logan has come out, publicly denying any Deadpool appearance in his movie. James Mangold has been emphatic in his denial of the idea that he’s ruin his film at the behest of Fox executives trying to shoehorn in a popular character for eight seconds of misplaced humor.
If you helped perpetuate these false rumors, watch your back: Mangold is not above dissing you on social media.
All of this is, of course, indicative of a much larger problem that has its talons in many aspects of geek culture.
Sometimes, fans want something wonderful to be true so often that they perpetuate nonsense, regardless of whether or not it’s the worst idea in the history of cinema (which this Deadpool in Logan story comes close to being).
The Wrap obviously deserves a big chunk of blame for making this story seem so plausible, but do you know who’s really at fault here?
Ryan Reynolds. Obviously.
By decreeing, as he did a couple of weeks ago, that he’d use his army of loyal fans to force Hugh Jackman to hang out with him on another movie (ignoring Jackman’s own desire to do nothing of the sort), Reynolds started the gears turning in the heads of Deadpool fans everywhere.
Their leader had spoken. They needed to act fast, to find a way to convince Hugh Jackman to team up with Reynolds in yet another superhero film (somehow ignoring how poorly this went the last time they did it).
Somewhere along the way, these fans began wanting this so much that they forgot that it wasn’t real, and they found themselves actually believing a made up story that they’d concocted in their own minds.
That was when The Wrap swooped in to give them what they wanted, in a sneaky bid to grab internet traffic.
So if James Mangold wants someone to blame for all this fake news floating around, he should point the finger at Entertainment Weekly’s Man of the Year.
This if proof, if ever it was needed, that sometimes setting a group of overeager comic book fans a loosely defined mission of annoyance, doesn’t lead to anywhere good.