Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news that Hugh Jackman is due to reprise his iconic role as Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool 3, alongside of course Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. Fans have been clamoring for years for the two to meet on screen, with the two having an iconic bromance going back years in the comics, and the chemistry between Jackman and Reynolds hopefully translating onto the big screen.
With the news comes questions, and questions that won’t be answered for the next two years, as Deadpool 3 isn’t due to hit our screens until September 6th, 2024. Here are five of our biggest ones.
Is it going to be a multiversal Wolverine or will they be plucking the one we know out of his timeline?
Thankfully we already know that this isn’t going to be influenced whatsoever by 2017’s Logan, as Reynolds followed up his announcement video with another equally humorous one featuring more of Jackman where they describe their next film, albeit mostly covered up by a piece of music, designed to further tease us.
So now we know it’s not going to have any effect on or from the ending of that film, the question is exactly what version of Logan will we be seeing? Will they be taking the Spider-Man: No Way Home avenue and take the version we’ve seen for years from somewhere on his timeline for a self-contained adventure before sending him back, or will it be like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and make him a multiverse variant we’ve seen nothing of. The latter would easily allow for the introduction of the famous yellow suit without having to explain how he has it or why, but would feel less impactful than having the ‘original’ from the Fox films.
Will it have greater ramifications for the MCU or be more standalone?
Out of all the films slated to release in 2024, Deadpool 3 definitely would be the one most would assume would have the littlest effect on the MCU going forward. Compared to Fantastic Four, Thunderbolts, and Captain America: New World Order, Deadpool 3 could easily be the one that does not affect the wider MCU, instead being a near self-contained story focusing entirely on the two main characters, rather than setting things in motion for things going forward.
That’s not to say it couldn’t tread a middle ground as many of the films do, but personally, if given the choice, I’d rather it be the latter, as we’ve all waited long enough for another Deadpool film, let alone one that includes Jackman’s Wolverine.
Will they be using the rumored road trip idea?
Back in 2021, Reynolds described the initial plan for the film, with Deadpool and Wolverine due to go on a road trip-like adventure together, with each of the characters showing their version of events to the audience. This would have been a goldmine for laughs, with Deadpool’s tendency to play up his involvement in events a major part of the comics, along with his one-sided bromance with Wolverine. Whereas Deadpool has an undying love the Logan, it’s returned in stabbings and less than well-hidden insults from the latter, which certainly mirrors the real-life relationship between Reynolds and Jackman.
With that said, it’s highly unlikely that the MCU would continue using an old, well-publicized idea, or at least not a direct adaptation anyway. Whatever they have in store for us, it’s likely to be bloody, comedic, and full of limbs flying and swear words as we’ve grown accustomed to with Deadpool, and the promise from Kevin Feige that Deadpool 3 would be R-Rated will continue the tradition. If we don’t get at least one time where Wolverine stabs Deadpool through the head because he won’t shut up, I’ll be disappointed.
Are other Fox X-Men going to feature?
Of course, Jackman’s Wolverine isn’t the first Fox character to appear in the MCU, with Patrick Stewart’s Professor X appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for the film to take the opportunity to showcase some of the other mutants we’ve already seen, but they’ve already gotten the biggest fan favorite to return, so hopefully, they focus more on that and less on other cameos. Other than Dopinder, of course, we want Dopinder. If they could find a way to have Deadpool bring Dopinder through the multiverse with him to the MCU, there’ll be a lot of very happy fans.
Will this be the last time we see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine?
For the longest time fans worldwide believed the much-repeated rhetoric from Hugh Jackman regarding Logan being his final time as Wolverine, and for the longest time fans understood his decision, but were disappointed with it. Of course, this has all changed now we know he’s appearing in Deadpool 3, but it’ll now bring the question, will he be returning?
Marvel announced their entire Multiverse Saga slate, culminating in Avengers: Secret Wars, which for anyone that doesn’t know, is a comic story where multiple universes collide, bringing different versions of the same characters together, to fight and help one another. Considering the filming of Secret Wars would start shortly after Deadpool 3 is due to end, it wouldn’t be the most surprising thing if we saw him involved there, as along with Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, fans had been shouting from the rooftops begging his involvement since its announcement.