Ryan Reynolds recent social media announcement this Tuesday was all about the upcoming Deadpool 3. He revealed that Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3,” which is set to officially release on Sept. 6, 2024.
Reynolds video states:
“Hey everyone, we’re extremely sad to have missed D23, but we’ve been working very hard on the next ‘Deadpool’ film for a long while now,” Reynolds says in the video, referencing the D23 Expo in early September. “I’ve had to really search my soul on this one. His first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel special. We must stay true to the character and find new depth, motivation, and meaning. Every ‘Deadpool’ needs to stand out and stand apart. It’s been an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach down deep inside. And I…I have nothing. Yeah, just completely empty up here. And terrifying. But we did have one idea.”
It was fun to see Reynolds making a jibe at Hugh when he walks by in the background. Ryan jubilantly asks:
“Hey, Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?”
“Yeah, sure, Ryan,”
The video concludes with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” — running with the subtitle “I will always love Hugh.”
Shawn Levy, the creator of “The Adam Project” and “Free Guy” with Reynolds, is again teaming up with him to direct “Deadpool 3.” The movie will officially join the MCU since Disney has purchased the 20th Century Fox. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the two writers of “Deadpool 1 and 2,” returns to pen down the third installment. While Reese has already confirmed that “Deadpool 3” will be an R-rated movie, even within the MCU, which is known for its family-friendly projects.
Jackman played Wolverine last for X-Men fans in James Mangold’s R-rated “Logan” from 2016. Since Wolverine tragically died in the final scene, Jackman has frequently said it was his final performance in the saga. It is, therefore, unknown how he will manifest in “Deadpool 3.” However, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, recently told Variety that “Anything’s conceivable in the multiverse” and that the character is most known for frequently breaking the fourth wall in both movies and comic books.
Jackman and Reynolds have a long history of appearing as a superhero team. In 2009’s widely panned “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the first “X-Men” spinoff to center on Jackman’s character, the “Deadpool” star made his on-screen debut. However, Deadpool was without his recognizable red and black outfit and had his mouth stitched shut. A few years later, Reynolds returned as the witty assassin in a legitimate, R-rated “Deadpool” film.
With a combined global total of almost $780 million, the “Deadpool” movies are the highest-grossing “X-Men” productions of all time. The first two movies, which came out in 2016 and 2018, were distributed by 20th Century Fox before Disney bought the production company.
In the meantime, “Logan” director James Mangold, who permanently concluded Wolverine’s saga (or so we were led to believe), reacts to the “Deadpool 3” announcement with a gif.