In a new video having fun with Ryan Reynolds’ potential Best Song Oscar nomination, Hugh Jackman might have accidentally revealed Deadpool 3’s title to be Wolverine and Deadpool.
Hugh Jackman is just like the rest of us. With the New Year, there come New Year resolutions, and from his list, one bullet point has just skyrocketed to the top.
Right before the Christmas break, the Academy announced a shortlist of the songs that will compete for the five slots in the Best Original Song category at this year’s Oscars. Among those, they included “Good Afternoon”, which was performed by Jackman’s Deadpool 3 co-star Ryan Reynolds in the Apple TV Plus movie Spirited. In a new video posted on Twitter, Jackman pleaded the Academy not to nominate the song, just so that Reynolds doesn’t make his entire year hell while shooting the upcoming Deadpool threequel.
Only that he didn’t say Deadpool 3, but instead called the movie Wolverine and Deadpool. This immediately led to the speculation that Jackman might have pulled a Tom Holland, accidentally revealing the title of the upcoming film. Check out the video here:
What will Wolverine and Deadpool be about?
Little is known at this point about the actual plot of Wolverine and Deadpool, but there are plenty of rumors and speculation about it. In a recent interview on SiriusXM, Jackman confirmed that the movie will utilize time traveling, which gave validity to some of the latest rumors about the film. He said:
“All because of this device that they have on the Marvel world of moving around timelines. Now we can go back because, you know, it’s science, so I don’t have to screw with the Logan timeline, which was important to me”
It’s unknown exactly which device he’s referring to, but a rumor from Twitter user @MyTimeToShineH said that the film will start as a direct follow-up to Deadpool 2, and Wade will be using Cable’s time device to save Logan from dying. This triggers every alert on the TVA, much like what happened at the beginning of Loki. Other rumors point to the movie visiting more timelines from past FOX movies, including Tim Story’s Fantastic Four movies. It’s assumed that, by the end of the movie, Deadpool and maybe even Wolverine will travel into the main MCU.
The TVA’s involvement, including Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius, seems to be guaranteed. Also, Zazie Beetz is rumored to be in talks with Marvel Studios to play Domino again in the film, and Lewis Tan, who played Shatterstar in Deadpool 2, teased his involvement on social media recently.
Should We Be Excited Or Concerned About Wolverine and Deadpool?
Ever since the news broke out of nowhere about Hugh Jackman being involved in Deadpool 3, or Wolverine and Deadpool as Jackman called it, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Some people were initially concerned that the film might mess with Logan’s perfect ending, but James Mangold put that to rest when he said that the new film will take place on a different continuity.
Ryan Reynolds has been vocal about wanting Hugh Jackman, a close friend of his, to put on the claws one more time in a Deadpool movie for years. And given their off-screen chemistry, and the way they tear each other to pieces through hilarious social media posts, fans have also been waiting for it. Jackman himself even phrased this when he described the dynamics between the two characters on the third film:
“Logan’s frustrated by him, wants to be a million miles away from him or wants to punch him in the head. Unfortunately he can’t be a million miles away from him so I’m probably going to punch him in the head a lot.”
However, there’s something else to be said here, and it’s about how rushed the production might be. From all accounts, the film will be a Wolverine and Deadpool movie, not just a Deadpool vehicle with a quick cameo by Wolverine. The two will be co-lead actors in the film, and hence why the title makes perfect sense. However, Reynolds has been developing this movie for a long time, and he brought on his Free Guy director, Shawn Levy, in March of 2022.
According to Jackman, he told Reynolds he wanted in on the movie in August, months after Levy joined the project and after Reynolds had already started to train for it. This means that there was a script for Deadpool 3 that did not involve Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and which the team was getting ready to shoot.
The rational explanation here is that Reynolds also ordered a Wolverine and Deadpool script and asked Hugh Jackman again if he’d come back for it. Was that script in good shape by the time Jackman decided to sign up? Probably not, because the studio was likely focused on dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on the other one.
Wolverine and Deadpool will start shooting in May of 2023, but at this point, they should definitely have their script locked in and pre-production about to begin. Over the next few months, actors must be cast, sets must be built, and costumes must be designed. We just hope they are not rushing this, and we get an outstanding Deadpool and Wolverine debut in the MCU, when the film storms into theaters on November 8, 2024.
What do you think about the title, Wolverine and Deadpool? Do you agree that there might be reason for concern, or do you think Reynolds, Jackman, and Levy will knock this one out of the park? Let us know by dropping us a tweet!