Deadpool 3 will feature the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, reuniting Wade Wilson and Logan for the first time since X-Men: Origins Wolverine.
Deadpool is one of the most beloved comic book characters to grace the silver screen in the past decade. Deadpool and Deadpool 2 were massive critical and commercial successes, and a third film featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is in development. Once Upon A Deadpool even proved that this version of the character can work well with both R and PG-13 ratings. But Once Upon A Deadpool was not the first PG-13 movie to adapt Deadpool, and Deadpool 3 will not be the first film to feature Wolverine and Wade Wilson together. Their live-action rivalry began nearly 15 years ago.
DEADPOOL MADE HIS LIVE-ACTION DEBUT NEARLY 15 YEARS AGO
X-Men: Origins Wolverine was released in 2009, performing well at the box office and beginning a trilogy of Wolverine solo movies. Unfortunately, critics and fans alike were vocally disappointed in this origin story for a number of reasons. X-Men: Origins Wolverine had several continuity errors, Wolverine’s claws somehow looked worse than they did in earlier X-Men films, and the dialogue was sometimes cringeworthy. To make matters worse, Origins featured the live-action debut of Wade Wilson, and his adaptation was a massive failure.
Ryan Reynolds played Wade Wilson in scenes at the beginning of the film. Wade is a mutant whose power is his swordsmanship. He is incredibly sarcastic, quipping constantly, much to the aggravation of his mutant teammates. He fights alongside Logan at this point in time. Later in the movie, Wade Wilson is subjected to experiments that give him multiple mutant abilities, and his mouth is sewn shut. Scott Adkins plays this version of Wade, known as Weapon XI. This bastardized version of Deadpool then fights Wolverine in the third act, and he was luckily never seen again after that.
Deadpool was rebooted years later, once again starring Reynolds. Wolverine’s adventures continued for several installments before seemingly coming to an end with Logan. Logan was presented to audiences as the swan song for Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but Hollywood can never let a good thing lie, can they?
DEADPOOL 3: RYAN REYNOLDS JOKES THAT THIS DOESN’T AFFECT LOGAN
In a brief teaser video where Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds pretend to give fans answers about how Wolverine can feature in Deadpool 3, Reynolds reminds fans that Logan is set in 2029, and claims that this new project will not affect Logan. This comment is made in jest, but only time will tell if there is truth behind this joke. Logan’s conclusion was upended twice by Marvel movies already, specifically The New Mutants and Dr. Strange: In The Multiverse Of Madness. TNM featured archival footage of Logan in an unnecessary attempt to connect to the greater franchise, and Dr. Strange 2 cast Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier of a different reality than Logan, only to quickly kill him off.
Time has not been kind to the finality of Logan, but it’s not like fans will be thinking much about The New Mutants or The Multiverse Of Madness when watching the masterpiece that is James Mangold’s Logan. Deadpool 3 will certainly acknowledge the cinematic past of Deadpool and Wolverine, and that includes X-Men: Origins Wolverine and Logan. How the threequel will accomplish this exactly is unclear, but one thing is almost certain. The multiverse is going to be involved.
DEADPOOL 3 COULD FEATURE MULTIPLE WOLVERINES
How will Deadpool make it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Where will Hugh Jackman’s Logan come from? It could be a new version of the character simply played by Hugh, it could be the version seen at the end of Days Of Future Past, or even at the end of Logan! Deadpool has access to Cable’s time traveling device at the end of Deadpool 2, so might that factor into the multiversal equation? These questions are ultimately unanswerable for the time being, but speculation can be a wonderful thing.
What if Cable somehow reconfigures his time-travel device for multiversal travel, and Deadpool steals it to go looking for Wolverine! He could run into the Wolverine of X-Men ’97 and X-23 of Logan before eventually finding Hugh Jackman’s version of the character. We already know that the animated Wolverine is coming to the MCU through the Disney+ revival, and it would be a waste not to bring back Dafne Keen’s Wolverine since they’re already bringing back Jackman.
What if the Marvel Cinematic Universe took a page from recent comic book storylines, and featured multiple Wolverines in ongoing stories. Jackman could play Old Man Logan, Cal Dodd would voice the animated version, Dafne Keen would play X-23, and a new actor could come in to play a new, younger Logan, original to the MCU! Deadpool 3 could be the key to opening up these possibilities, but there is still so much we don’t know about the project.
No matter what, we at The Illuminerdi are beyond excited to witness the incredible rematch between Wolverine and Deadpool when Deadpool 3 hits theaters, on September 6, 2024. Are you excited to see Wolverine and Deadpool fight in Deadpool 3? Let us know your Deadpool 3 thoughts over on our social media!