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Ryan Reynolds Wanted Deadpool 3 With Hugh Jackman To Happen 4 Years Ago But Kevin Feige Refused To Let it Happen

Ryan Reynolds Wanted Deadpool 3 With Hugh Jackman

The outrageous dream has finally come true and the Marvel fandom is being showered with gifts as Ryan Reynolds gets back in his Deadpool mercenary suit with Hugh Jackman’s “Pulverine”. While the Marvel team-up was mentioned left and right by the Deadpool actor in character, the audience had never really considered the possibility of it ever coming true. The sound of breaking hearts grew louder after Logan (2017), marking Wolverine’s death and the Aussie’s exit from Foxverse.

But as we now know, Hugh Jackman hadn’t given up on the dream and five long years later, the MCU couldn’t have dreamed of a wish better than witnessing his comeback — that too in Deadpool 3 of all movies.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman

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Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3 Conversation With Kevin Feige

The friendship which couldn’t have gotten more incredible turned better this September when Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman subtly announced Deadpool 3 and the latter’s comeback as Wolverine in the movie and crashed open the floodgate of Marvel’s crazed fandom filling it up with hopes, excitement, anticipation, and bittersweet expectations.

Deadpool x Wolverine
Deadpool x Wolverine – The live-action team-up of the unkillable duo is finally happening

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But it all began with Hugh Jackman calling the Deadpool actor almost 4 years ago and the latter then sitting down for a chat with Marvel President Kevin Feige, not long after Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox was complete.

“My first meeting with Kevin Feige when Disney bought Fox years ago, maybe three years ago, or three and a half, four years ago, I’m not sure, was about doing a movie with the two of us, a Deadpool Wolverine movie. And that was not possible at the time.

And then Hugh just happened to call at that perfect moment and express that he’d be interested in coming back and doing this one more time. And the contents of that conversation… I’ll let Hugh answer that on his own. But he expressed interest in coming back, and then it was my job to take that to Kevin Feige one more time and sell it.”

Deadpool and Wolverine
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s first X-Men appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine 

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It has been quite a while since we last witnessed Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. The two movies about the wisecracking “Merc With a Mouth” came out in 2016 and 2018, but ever since, there has been little to no action progressing on that front apart from the obvious onscreen faux feud between Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. It will be a treat to see how Feige’s vision for the X-Men in MCU comes alive in the Phase 6 film, Deadpool 3.

Marvel’s Red Tape in Transitioning the Mutants to the MCU

The conversation about Wolverine’s entry into the mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe had been 4 years in the making. Granted a move of this magnitude would require proper timing, smart planning, and strategic placement within the concurrent timeline, but it still sat too long stewing in the pot while MCU went on to deliver a subpar corpus of Phase 4 projects. Ryan Reynolds also claimed that Marvel had to deal with a “lot of red tape in order to make that happen” which in itself says the amount of effort that went into his pitch to Feige back in 2018.

It is surprising considering the sellable value of Hugh Jackman that it took so long for the Marvel President to give his final nod. But on the other hand, it is also understandable that if the project was greenlit after the release of Deadpool 2, Marvel would not have had the patience and structured delivery of smaller projects like those interspersed within their Phase 4 timeline.

Kevin Feige confirms Deadpool 3
Kevin Feige confirms Deadpool 3

Also read: “We’re getting close”: Kevin Feige Hints Deadpool 3 Will Open the Gates For X-Men to Officially Enter the MCU

The same then applies to Blade which had been announced officially as far back as the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Declared jointly by Kevin Feige and Mahershala Ali, the project has ever since been in development and the extended schedule has caused more trouble because of clashing creative authority, conflicts in the filming schedules, and Ali’s general disappointment in the overall management of the film’s progress. Feige’s refusal to give the go-ahead to Deadpool 3 at such a raw moment in MCU’s history (right during the conclusion of Infinity Saga) was a smart move; and now that the universe is back in order, the film can pick up pace smoothly and set itself up for a properly scripted mutant-MCU juxtaposition.

Deadpool 3 will premiere on November 8, 2024.

Source: Collider

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.