Man, this was a really fun way to announce a project like this. We knew Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool 3 were coming to The MCU in the (relatively) near future. Director Shawn Levy has officially been announce to helm the project, due in no small part imagine, having collaborated with Reynolds on the success film Free Guys. Beyond that, not much else was known about Deadpool 3. All of that just changed with a MASSIVE announcement made by Reynolds on social media. In a delightful and exciting video, Reynold updated fans on the status of the film, in very amusing Ryan Reynolds fashion, and proceeded to drop an enormous bomb: Hugh Jackman is returning to play Wolverine in Deadpool 3! Take a look at the video right here:
First things first, I’m damn near 100% certain that Hugh Jackman will continue to play Wolverine in The MCU beyond Deadpool 3. The MCU needs to find their own X-Men. Something wildly different than the original movies that adheres to the essence of The X-Men. Fortunately, when it comes to the X-Men there are so many stories, characters, and ideas from decades of X-Men comics, that the original films never even came close to touching upon. So there are a lot of cool ways Marvel Studios could make something that is quintessentially X-Men that we have never seen on screen before.
This isn’t completely unprecedented in The MCU, after all, we did just see Charles Xavier pop up prominently in Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness. The difference here being that Charles Xavier‘s appearance was just a little bit more than a cameo, but with Wolverine he’s most likely going to be a huge part of Deadpool 3. In fact, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of this being an out right team up movie. With Deadpool, the normal rules of storytelling don’t apply, so this won’t affect Marvel’s casting for the inevitable, upcoming MCU X-Men film. They’re not bringing Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine and putting him in The MCU for a cameo. He will almost certainly be the co-lead in Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds. While Logan was the perfect swan song for Hugh Jackman‘s troubled mutant hero, he’s always has left the door slightly open, for a possible return if it was in The MCU. Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman probably aren’t the longterm future of The X-Men and mutants in the MCU. Regardless of how it all plays out, it’s the perfect way to kick off and celebrate moving into The Mutant Era of The MCU. This is exciting stuff folks! This truly is a great time to be a fan.
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman just released another video talking about Deadpool 3. In their own very funny way, they address some of the continuity issues that I pointed out a box. Check it out :
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