Article by Kieran Burt.
Deadpool is a hugely popular figure, and when the Disney-Fox merger occurred there was concern that his dark and gory tone would clash with the family friendly brand that the company has built. Audiences were reassured at the time that the merc with a mouth would return, and that the character’s mouth wouldn’t be sewn shut.
Now, several years later, there has been a huge update about the third instalment. Ryan Reynolds posted a video to his twitter giving a brief overview of where the film is in development.
The video takes a humorous tone, acknowledging the fact that they missed D23 and that Deadpool’s first appearance in the MCU needs to feel special. Reynolds and the creative time had been trying for ages to come up with an idea, and couldn’t think of anything.
Except for one idea. Hugh Jackman can be seen walking in the background, and Ryan Reynolds does the unthinkable and asks him if he wants to return as Wolverine, one last time. Jackman responds with a “Yeah, sure, Ryan”, confirming his appearance as the character.
Both Deadpool films have made references to Wolverine in the past, and Jackman did make a quick cameo in the post credits of Deadpool 2, in a past timeline. This scene features Deadpool saying that after Wolverine hangs up the claws, Wade will ask him to put them on, one last time. At the time it seemed like a humorous joke to make, though it appeared Deadpool was being fully serious, and now making good on that tease. Jackman initially ruled out the idea of the pair appearing on screen together.
Jackman’s appearance will mark his full return to the character since Logan. In the film, Logan (Wolverine) had to help the next generation of mutants escape mercenaries, and defeat a younger version of himself. It ended with the character’s death.
It’s not known at this point whether Jackman’s appearance will be a continuation of the character that died in Logan, or, due to the Multiverse, be a new interpretation. Audiences can however expect plenty of 4th wall breaking jokes about the Disney-Fox merger, and the MCU as a whole.
Deadpool 3 will be the first mutant headlining an MCU film. Patrick Stewart has already appeared as the first mutant in the MCU, with his appearance as Charles Xaiver in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Reynolds also announced the film will be released on September 6, 2024, along with a new logo. It will be directed by Shawn Levy, who has previously worked with Reynolds on Free Guy and The Adam Project.