Hugh Jackman has been confirmed that he will be returning to the role of Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, made the announcement on social media on Tuesday that the actor would reprise his iconic X-Men role in the future installment of the Deadpool film series. Additionally, Reynolds said that the movie would be released on September 6th, 2024.
Jackman made his debut as Wolverine in the film X-Men, which was released in 2000 and is credited with making him a household name throughout the world.
After 17 years and nine films (including multiple appearances), Hugh Jackman announced his retirement from the character of Logan with the release of the 2017 film, which featured the mutant’s death by adamantium claws from a mutant clone of him.
The third installment of Deadpool brings Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine full circle. The first time that Ryan Reynolds portrayed the antihero Deadpool was in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was a box office bomb and included a poorly designed ending in which Reynolds’ antihero was represented having his mouth sewed shut.
Given that Deadpool is famous for his witty repartee and is renowned by the moniker “the Merc with the Mouth,” Reynolds has often poked fun at that portrayal. The original Deadpool was regarded as a “redemption story” for both Ryan Reynolds and the character he played.
The R-rated film was a commercial and critical success, grossing a whopping $782.6 million worldwide, and contributing to Reynolds’ rise to prominence as one of the most successful actors in the entertainment industry.
Deadpool 3 is going to be directed by Shawn Levy. The screenplay is being written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were also responsible for the scripting of the previous two chapters. Previous versions were contributed to by Wendy Molyneux and her sister Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin.
After 20th Century Fox produced two separate Deadpool movies in 2016 and 2018, this one is Marvel Studios’ first attempt at making a Deadpool film. Jackman is not the first former member of the X-Men cast to return to the franchise as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His co-star in the film Logan, Patrick Stewart, had a cameo appearance in this summer’s Doctor Strange film, which was called Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness.
As well as bringing back Jackman and Reynolds, Deadpool 3 will mark a reuniting for Jackman and Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, who is producing the picture. It was on the very first X-Men picture that Feige got his start in the entertainment industry. He was given an associate producer credit for that film.
Even after Logan seemed to slam the door on the potential of a future Wolverine and Deadpool film, fans have desired to see Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds appear on screen in their respective roles as Wolverine and Deadpool.
Deadpool’s creator, Rob Liefeld, couldn’t help but inquire both Jackman and Reynolds about the idea throughout the course of their careers. In their chats with him, both men expressed reservations about any potential Wolverine reprisal, but the writer of the comic book didn’t give up faith that the actors and creatives behind the movie would find a solution.
“This is a beautiful homecoming,” Liefeld tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding, “This doesn’t happen unless Ryan keeps asking Hugh.”
On Wednesday morning, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman took to their respective social media pages to share a light-hearted video in which they addressed a number of fan concerns around the upcoming reunion of Wolverine and Deadpool.
Reynolds said that the film dealt with the subject of Wolverine’s death in Logan and that his death “takes place in 2029. Totally separate thing. Logan died in Logan. Not touching that.”
We are sooo pumped.
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