Hugh Jackman’s announced return as Wolverine in Ryan Reynolds’ planned sequel prompts a response from director Shawn Levy of Deadpool 3. Marvel Studios has been certain that the X-Men would be a part of the MCU ever since Disney purchased 20th Century Fox. Reynolds’ Deadpool film series will continue since the Merc with a Mouth will be included in the Avengers-based series. Deadpool 3 was given the go-ahead by Marvel Studios a few years ago, but the creative team wasn’t brought on board until 2022. Following their collaborations in Free Guy and The Adam Project, Reynolds and filmmaker Levy are reuniting on Deadpool 3.
Deadpool 3 will bring back one of the most prominent characters from the X-Men franchise, even if Marvel Studios won’t be continuing with the rest of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men world. In their respective roles as Wolverine and Deadpool, Jackman and Reynolds will once again share the screen after years of jokes about wanting to make one. For 17 years, Jackman played Wolverine in X-Men films as well as his trilogy, which concluded with Logan in 2017. Even if Wolverine dies at the end of the James Mangold-directed movie, Logan and Wade will still team up in Deadpool 3. Even while Reynolds and Jackman “tried” to address queries regarding canon issues, certain storyline specifics remain a secret.
The announcement that Hugh Jackman would be playing Wolverine in Deadpool 3 was the biggest surprise for Marvel Studios in 2022, despite all the company had revealed at Comic-Con and D23. This news sparked an outpouring of support on social media. The director of Deadpool 3 finally spoke up on Logan and Wade sharing the screen for the first time since X-Men: Origins Wolverine after Reynolds and Jackman made the news. Levy made light of the fact that he had to keep this a secret for weeks by joking on Twitter that Stranger Things had undoubtedly helped him remain quiet.
Deadpool 3 won’t hit theatres until 2024, therefore principal filming won’t likely begin until some point in 2023. Although it’s uncertain which Wolverine Jackman will portray in Deadpool 3, Marvel Studios will have plenty of fun with the character. When Patrick Stewart appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Professor X, the MCU didn’t hesitate to pay tribute to the X-Men series. As a significant tribute to the adored series, in addition to giving Charles Xavier his trademark yellow chair, they also included portions of the theme tune from X-Men: The Animated Series. Deadpool 3 might finally put Jackman’s Wolverine in the yellow outfit if they wanted to do anything similar.
It has already been established that Jackman’s comeback as Wolverine won’t change the way Logan ends with the character. At this time, it seems probable that Jackman will portray a different version of Wolverine, which would fit in well with Marvel Studios’ current Multiverse Saga. Although it seems unlikely that Jackman would agree to play Wolverine in numerous movies, it wouldn’t be surprising if he appeared in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Given his history with the character and whatever they decide to do with him after Deadpool 3, the mere fact that Jackman is returning at all is a huge boon for the MCU.