Ryan Reynolds Lays the Smackdown on Wolverine

[caption id="attachment_11422" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Fox"]Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"[/caption]

Arguing over which superhero is strongest is an age-old fanboy pastime.

Since time immemorial, comic book fans have hotly debated whether Superman could defeat Captain Marvel (toss-up) or if the Hulk could beat Thor in a fight (no way in hell). Now a new voice has entered the discussion, only this time, he's got some inside knowledge -- because he himself is a superhero.

Get ready for a geek fight, because Ryan Reynolds has dropped a verbal bombshell: Deadpool can kick Wolverine's ass and he doesn't care who knows it.

"Deadpool can beat Wolverine any day. I know it, you know it. Hugh Jackman knows it," Reynolds told the Los Angeles Times when asked which hero was better.

Not that Reynolds, who played Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opposite Jackman's Wolverine, has anything against his co-star, other than the fact that in the movie Wolverine actually cut Deadpool's head off. Far from it.

"Hugh is a great guy. He's a very classy human being. He sets the bar for being classy in Hollywood. It’s almost mayoral, his approach to Hollywood. It’s as much his job to sign an autograph or take a photo with a fan as it is to blow people away with his performance on screen. He could host a master class on how to be a movie star," Ryan gushed. "He’s a tremendous guy and a role model, really.

"But seriously, Wolverine is no Deadpool."

In order to help settle this Hollywood feud before it gets too ugly, we've consulted our source materials to determine the true victor in a Wolverine/Deadpool battle. Both mutants have an accelerated healing factor, which makes this a hard one to call because they can pretty much pound on each other all day without much of a result.

Wolverine does have the edge in ferocity and experience, being over 100 years old, plus he has those adamantium bones. Deadpool, though, possesses both his signature deranged attitude as well as an array of weird weapons that includes a personal teleportation device.

So who would win? Sorry, Deadpool, but if our life were on the line, we'd have to  go with Wolverine.

But don't worry, fans -- if this were a battle of superhuman abs, Reynolds would still win by a mile. And who knows? Maybe if that long-rumored Deadpool solo film ever happens, we'll get to see an on-screen rematch to find out the true answer to this timeless question once and for all.