Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool movie, according to Ryan Reynolds. The Canadian actor has expressed his wish for the adamantium-clawed anti-hero to appear alongside his foul-mouthed mercenary.
Previous films have made references to Wolverine, including a post-credit cameo by Hugh Jackman in Deadpool 2. In a 90-second reveal, Reynolds finally revealed what fans had hoped for. In less than a day, the video has received over 25 million views, one million likes, and hundreds of thousands of reactions, many of whom are delighted at the news.
James Mangold responds to Hugh Jackman’s return
James Mangold, the director of The Wolverine and Logan, has some thoughts on the revelation that frequent collaborator Hugh Jackman would reprise his iconic role in Deadpool 3.
Mangold took to Twitter and released a clip from Logan featuring the Wolverine clone X-24 impaling the original Logan on the horn-like root of a tree stump, a major contributor to the succession of wounds that eventually killed the long-lived mutant in Mangold’s film.
Fans reacted immediately, with comments ranging from the accusing, “You are not the final word on Wolverine,” to the legalistic, “Logan was never canon to anything since they said a mutant hadn’t been born in 20 years,” to the triumphant, “anything is possible in the Multiverse!” Mangold was compelled to forgo his subtlety and make his intentions clear some hours later.
Oh my gosh! Everybody chill. Just kidding! I’m all good! LOGAN will always be there. Multiverse or prequel, time warp or worm hole, canon or non-canon or even without a rationale, I cannot wait to see what maddness my dear friends @VancityReynolds and @RealHughJackman cook up! pic.twitter.com/qaCG4Z39x4
— Mangold (@mang0ld) September 28, 2022
“Oh my gosh!” Mangold wrote. “Everybody chill. Just kidding! I’m all good! LOGAN will always be there. Multiverse or prequel, time warp or worm hole, canon or non-canon or even without a rationale, I cannot wait to see what maddness [sic] my dear friends @VancityReynolds and @RealHughJackman cook up!”
Reynolds and Jackman are real-life best friends. So fans are thrilled to see these two legendary characters on a road trip together – truly, any excuse to see these two on-screen. It’s a great day for Deadpool and Wolverine fans since we’ll finally see these characters return and hopefully embrace the MCU.
Fans are hyped up for the third installment of Deadpool
Jackman rose to fame after portraying Wolverine for the first time in the 2000 film X-Men. He would go on to play the Marvel superhero nine times, notably in James Mangold’s 2017 violent R-rated Logan. Since the character died in that film, it’s safe to infer Deadpool 3 takes place before that, but when exactly is the fan’s guess?
Even though he has yet to appear in a Deadpool movie, there are several references to both Jackman and Wolverine in both Deadpool and its sequel. Reynolds and Jackman did co-star in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, but that Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, was radically different from Reynolds’ incarnation of the character in 2016’s record-breaking Deadpool.
Former Disney CEO Bob Iger previously stated that there were no intentions to tone down future Deadpool films following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Studios in 2019. That is, Deadpool movies will continue to receive R ratings. Ironically, Logan and the two Deadpool flicks were the first R-rated titles to be made available on Disney+ earlier this year.
Reynolds and Jackman, on the other hand, are close friends who like busting one other’s heads and posting it all on social media for followers to enjoy.
Deadpool 3, featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, will hit theatres on September 6, 2024.