Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has detailed the difficulty of bringing both Wade Wilson and Logan together in Deadpool 3.
Deadpool, AKA Wade Wilson, AKA the Merc with a Mouth, first made his debut in the much-maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Pretty much the only thing people liked from that was Ryan Reynolds was a perfect fit for the character, but they just wanted to see him don that glorious red suit and enact some of that fourth-wall-breaking humor that he’s so well-known for in the comics. Seven years later, we finally got that with the first Deadpool film in 2016, followed by Deadpool 2 two years later in 2018. Both films are among the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time, only being beaten by Joker (2019). With that R rating, you can imagine that the Deadpool films brought with them a foul-mouthed, raunchy sense of humor, which was totally okay for a self-aware superhero satire.
Does Deadpool 3 Take place in the MCU?
Short answer, yes. We know this because the man in charge of the MCU, Kevin Feige, said so, and you can’t get much clearer confirmation than that. He also confirmed there would be no curbs on the potty-mouthed language and gore that has helped define the series.
Not long after that though, the competition between 20th Century Fox (who had the rights to the X-Men characters) and Marvel’s parent company, Disney, reached its conclusion as the House of Mouse bought the 20th Century and all of its assets in 2019. This meant something of an unceremonious end to the studio’s X-Men franchise, with X-Men: Dark Pheonix (2019) and The New Mutants (2020) not getting much in the way of fanfare. While that might have been disappointing for some, Disney’s massive purchase also means that characters from the X-Men series are now fair game to be in the MCU, and it’s already happened with Evan Peters‘s appearance in Wandavision (2021) as Quicksilver (even if it was sort of an inside joke) and then with Patrick Stewart‘s return as Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
The appearances of stars and characters from past continuities and other universes are no longer that much of a surprise in the current Multiverse Saga that is taking place in the MCU. Yet, when Ryan Reynolds posted an update for the long-awaited Deadpool 3 on his YouTube Channel, he dropped an absolute bombshell announcement that a certain clawed hero would be making a shocking return.
Deadpool 3 plot
Reynolds has teased that the threequel is “looking to go in a completely different direction”, teasingly adding: “Often, they reboot or change a character maybe like four movies too late.”
The plot of Deadpool 3 remains a mystery. All we know is that Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine and that it takes place before the feral X-Man’s death in Logan. In fact, Jackman has confirmed that time travel will be involved in the threequel in a big way. One rumor suggests that Loki’s Time Variance Authority, or TVA, will have some involvement. But that remains unconfirmed. (We hope it’s true though).
As most folks know by now, Deadpool’s third solo film will reunite him with his X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star. Deadpool and Wolverine will work together, although they have made it very clear that these two characters “hate each other.” It will not be a love-fest in this story. But the fact that Deadpool 3 is smack in the middle of the Multiverse Saga should give us all a clue as to what’s going to go down, and probable multiversal shenanigans will ensue.
Deadpool 3 villain rumors
Marvel movie leaker Daniel Richtman(opens in new tab) (in a locked Patreon post) has reported that Jim Carrey has been in consideration to play the villain in Deadpool 3. No word yet as to who Carrey may play.
We Got This Covered(opens in new tab) claims that Madcap is one of the possible villains for Deadpool 3. The character breaks the fourth wall as much as Wade Wilson himself, so Carrey is an easy fit. That same report also claims that Madcap will team up with Typhoid Mary.
Is There a Trailer?
Not yet, as filming for the threequel isn’t expected to begin until next year in 2023. That said, as we mentioned above, Ryan Reynolds did give us an update via his YouTube channel that you can watch here.
Less than 24 hours later, Reynolds posted a follow-up video with him and Jackman attempting to answer just how exactly Wolverine is back, after his death in Logan, but interrupted by the classic Wham! the song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”
The cast: Who’s going to be in Deadpool 3?
Well, of course, Ryan Reynolds was always going to be back as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, and now we know he’s got some major company.
Also, Hugh Jackman will be making his MCU debut as Wolverine. We still don’t know exactly how it’ll work canon-wise, but we assume there’s going to be some multiversal shenanigans going on.
Reynolds has technically already made his MCU debut in an advert with Thor: Ragnarok character Korg, as well as getting a name drop in the Avengers Campus to ride Avengers Assemble: Flight Force.
Deadpool 2 introduced us to a range of new heroes too with the X-Force team and although some didn’t survive long enough, we could see the likes of Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) again.
Fellow teammates Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna), and Russell (Julian Dennison) will probably round out the X-Force team if we see them again, perhaps with Peter (Rob Delaney) in tow.
We can pretty safely say Blind Al will be returning thanks to a tweet between Reynolds and Leslie Uggams, who plays the roommate.
One character who already cheated death (as long as Deadpool 2‘s post-credits sequence is canon) in the franchise is Vanessa, Deadpool’s girlfriend, and it’s safe to assume that she’ll return for the sequel too, though Morena Baccarin hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
Reynolds, who is a prolific social-media user, also stoked the rumor pyre that Miss Minutes, the AI for the Time Variance Authority from Loki, could make an appearance. The Twitter account for Miss Minutes Tweeted at Deadpool, only for Reynolds to reply with “Hello, Miss Minutes.”
Deadpool 3 release date
Ryan Reynolds took to social media in late September 2022 to reveal the Deadpool 3 release date. The actor dropped an even bigger reveal during the clip, telling fans that Hugh Jackman will return to his Wolverine role for the Deadpool sequel.
Since then, Disney has slightly delayed the Deadpool 3 release. Deadpool 3 will be released on July 26, 2024, as part of Phase Five of the MCU.
Disney Plus release date
Deadpool 3 will not be available on Disney Plus on the same day as its theatrical release, of course. Disney has a strict policy in place for MCU movies. They’ll get an exclusive theatrical release of at least 45 days before being available for streaming.
Therefore, the Deadpool 3 Disney Plus premiere will happen on or after December 23rd, 2024.