Thanks to one of Disney’s countless company acquisitions, Wade Wilson is here to bring sexy back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. And he’s not the only one coming back!
Hugh Jackman confirmed that he will return to the role of Wolverine in Deadpool 3. Fans couldn’t be more excited to see Jackman return to the iconic role.
Instead of remaining on the outskirts of Marvel content as one of the ragtag, sort-of members of the X-Men, he’ll officially be MCU material. But don’t worry. Deadpool 3 being canon won’t come with a lower MPA rating. Kevin Feige confirms that Deadpool 3 will still give Wade the license to maintain his R-rated antics. This movie will be the first official Marvel film to come with this adult rating. Will this open up the opportunity for more characters with a smart mouth and sexual situations?
So what’s in store for the next Deadpool movie? And when can we expect to see the film? Here’s everything we know so far about Deadpool 3, including recent updates.
Deadpool 3: Joining the MCU
It’s official! Deadpool is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Phase 4 of the MCU comes with a lot of changes, including the retiring of the original heroes and the rise of the new characters assuming their place at the helm of the Avengers. Deadpool and his R-rated appearance is just one more addition, slated for an appearance in Phase 5.
The characters have gotten darker and face more complicated problems (Wanda choosing to let her family fall out of existence, anyone?). Marvel is shifting ever so slightly away from the original tone of their family-friendly flicks.
The original Deadpool movies were produced by 20th Century Fox Studio. In addition to Deadpool 1 and 2, this studio was also the creators of the X-Men movies. Now that Disney owns Fox, they’re incorporating Deadpool into the fold of the MCU.
But wait: how will they deal with the fact that there are two movies not in canon?
The answer lies in the multiverse.
With shows like What If…? and Loki putting the concept of multiple realities front and center, the creative team can have a field day incorporating content in a consequence-free way.
Does something not fit into canon? Well, it does if it happened in one of the infinite alternative realities.
They continued to explore this concept directly in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That film premiered in May 2022. In that movie, we saw Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier. Deadpool will not be the first mutant to make it into the MCU, but he’s still appearing ahead of characters like Jean Grey, Magneto, and Cyclops. It’s a testament to Reynold’s popular take on the character that he’s bypassing these famous mutants. We also had references to mutants in Ms. Marvel. Whether or not more mutants will show up before Deadpool 3 remains to be seen.
Filming and Production
When the front-runner of your series is such a prolific actor, it’s hard to fit in filming between all these other projects. Ryan Reynolds is a busy man! This is something the team behind Mandalorian Season 3 experienced. Pedro Pascal, the Mandalorian himself, got tied up in filming The Last of Us for HBO. This scheduling nightmare pushed back the release date for The Mandalorian Season 3.
According to Feige, “Ryan (Reynolds) is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make [first], but it’s exciting for it to have begun.” He’s referring to films like Free Guy, which was released on August 13, 2021.
Speaking of Free Guy, Shawn Levy, the creator of that movie and The Adam Project, will direct Deadpool 3. He’s the third director to work on the Deadpool series. The first movie was directed by Tim Miller, and David Leitch took over the sequel.
Due to busy schedules, filming has not yet begun. Because of Levy and Reynold’s tight schedules, filming likely won’t begin until 2023 at the earliest. However, scripting has begun!
Working on a Script
Reynolds works much more closely with the writing team than most superhero stars. He worked alongside Emmy Award-winning duo Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin.
And yes, the matching last names are because they’re sisters. Their repertoire includes writing multiple critically-acclaimed Bob’s Burgers episodes, a show that relies on wit and comedic timing. They also created and served as executive producers for The Great North, another animated comedy show that stars the likes of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, and Will Forte.
Although they began the process, the original Deadpool writers returned to take over the project. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have taken over the scripting for Deadpool 3. Hopefully, they will use Molyneux and Molyneux-Logelin’s material in some way.
Deadpool 3 Cast: The Big Reveal
Thanks to a video posted by Ryan Reynolds to make up for their absence at D23, we know two things for certain. Reynolds will return as Deadpool, and we’ll have Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Although he vowed that Logan was the last time he would appear as Wolverine, Jackman’s gone back on his word. He stated as recently as 2021 that “[Wolverine] ‘s still a character I hold close to my heart. But I know how it’s done. Tell that to whoever you want to. Please tell it to Ryan [Reynolds].” Fortunately, Reynolds doesn’t seem to listen particularly well.
In the video, Reynolds jokes that they have nothing planned for the next movie. He then says that they did have one idea. Jackman walks past him in the background, and Reynolds shouts out, asking if he will play Wolverine one more time. Jackman mumbles a, “yeah, sure,” and walks upstairs. The video then plays Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as the screen says, “Coming Hughn.” Then the Deadpool logo appears, and the Wolverine adamantium claws scratch it out.
Wait a second. Not only did Jackman promise that Logan was his final appearance, his character met his end in the movie. When asked how this would work, Kevin Feige answered, “Anything’s possible in the multiverse.”
Fair enough. That seems to be the answer to just about everything.
This isn’t the first time Reynolds and Jackman have worked together in these specific roles. Deadpool’s first appearance on the big screen wasn’t the first Deadpool movie. He premiered in 2009 in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film.
From a less reliable source than Reynolds himself, a Marvel movie leaker gave info on a possible villain. Daniel Richtman posted in a locked Patreon post that Jim Carrey was considered an option for the upcoming film. This would be an interesting jump from Carrey’s appearance as the Riddler in the DC Universe. Since he already has experience as a comic book villain, we know he’d do a great job if chosen.
And We Got This Covered revealed that Madcap and Typhoid Mary could possibly get introduced as a villainous team.
Deadpool Cast: Returning Faces
So who is coming back for the next film?
Now that Vanessa is no longer dead, we anticipate that Morena Baccarin will be back to play Wade’s love, but Baccarin hasn’t gotten a call yet. So far, we only have Blind Al’s Leslie Uggams confirmed as officially returning. While we would love to see a movie with just Deadpool, Blind Al, and Wolverine palling around, we anticipate that more characters will return.
The only hints we have about who will return in Deadpool 3 are the people Wade chose to resurrect in the post-credits sequence in Deadpool 2. Against all logic, he saved Peter, played by Rob Delaney, but personal preference outside the film may have played a role in this decision. Reynolds just loved the character so much, so maybe he saved him just so he could return.
He told Empire, “We loved Rob Delaney’s character. I love that [Deadpool] just completely ignores this marquee cast [the X-Force] that he could have saved, with useful and wonderful superheroes. I always felt it was important to save Peter, just because in the helicopter before we jump out skydiving, I say to him, ‘I’d never let anything happen to you, Sugar Bear’. I felt like that was a promise Wade made early on in the movie, and it was nagging him, so he went back and got Peter.”
Additionally, Delaney was one of the most affordable options. Reynolds added, “We can’t afford half the other guys to bring them back. They have to remain dead. One, in particular, would be very expensive.”
At the end of the film, we saw Deadpool hanging out with Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Shioli Kutsuna’s Yukio, Stefan Kapičić’s Colossus, and Julian Dennison’s Russell. Hopefully, they all come back.
We definitely want to see Domino again, but actress Zazie Beetz said in March that she hasn’t heard from the team yet. She says she “would love to revive the role,” but she hasn’t “had any specific conversations around [Deadpool 3].” It’s been a few months, so hopefully, she’s gotten an update. Since filming hasn’t begun yet, they still have time to onboard her.
However, the ending of Deadpool 2 gives us a bit of hope that Reynolds isn’t quite finished with Cable, the villain-turned-ally played by Josh Brolin.
Only problem? I’m not sure even the multiverse theory could explain why Cable has a sneaky resemblance to Thanos.
Maybe Deadpool will break the fourth wall to address the obvious point that the same actor plays them.
Only time will tell.
When Can I Watch the Deadpool 3 Trailer?
Unfortunately, there’s no trailer, as filming has not yet commenced. However, you can absolutely watch the hilarious info teaser featuring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman over and over again.
Deadpool 3 Release Date
We hate to break it to you, but we’ll have to wait quite some time for Deadpool 3. The movie won’t hit the big screen until September 6, 2024. With such high-profile actors and creators, getting them all in one room is tough. The Deadpool Twitter account had a good joke about their progress, though. They posted, “We nailed down brand integrations. Story, character, and script next!” The image attached was pulled from Deadpool 2, but edited to add Mint Mobile, Aviation Gin, Maximum Effort, and Wrexham FC. These are all business ventures of Reynold’s. Who could forget when Reynolds poached the Peloton wife for his gin commercial?
This release date will put the film’s premiere between Thunderbolts and Fantastic Four. In terms of Feige’s current plan, this will be the last movie of the MCU Phase 5. This, of course, could change, and it could be the beginning of Phase 6. It all comes down to the story they want to tell with the Merc with a Mouth front and center.
Here are other upcoming MCU release dates:
- Werewolf by Night on October 7, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11, 2022
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special in December 2022
- What If…? Season 2 in early 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on February 17, 2023
- Secret Invasion in Early 2023
- Echo in Summer 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5, 2023
- Loki Season 2 in summer 2023
- The Marvels on June 28, 2023
- X-Men ’97 in fall 2023
- Marvel’s Blade on November 3, 2023
Which upcoming series or movie are you most excited for?
What’s Next for Deadpool?
Thankfully, with the MCU’s penchant for star-studded cameos and Wade’s meta-textual tomfoolery, we can hope that Deadpool will make an appearance in an MCU movie before Deadpool 3.
Deadpool is known for the unexpected, so it’s difficult to speculate just how he chooses to make his official MCU debut.
As far as the plot, there are no official clues. However, before Disney acquired the rights, Reynolds said the story idea was just a Wolverine/Deadpool road trip. While most thought he was joking, the confirmation that Wolverine is joining the movie might mean he was telling the truth. But considering the studios switched, that idea could have easily gotten thrown by the wayside.
Stay tuned! We’ll keep updating this post as more details surface.
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