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“You’re talking about the ultimate Marvel icon”: Shawn Levy Believes Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Overshadows Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans’ Iron Man and Captain America

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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was the first proper Marvel star in the live-action cinematic universe when he debuted in X-Men in 2000. However, the gruff and moody character himself was established decades ago within the Marvel comics as one beloved by the fans to the highest degree. Soon after his debut, the clawed mutant had become symbolic and synonymous with the age-old idea of heroes of stature no less than Spider-Man himself and when compared to Marvel icons like Iron Man, Wolverine stood out by a mile (well, at least in the comics).

Hugh Jackman establishes the ideal 21st century Marvel superhero
Hugh Jackman establishes the ideal 21st-century Marvel superhero

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Shawn Levy Gushes About Hugh Jackman’s Entry into MCU

Deadpool 3 is set to be helmed by none other than Shawn Levy, director of projects like Stranger ThingsNight at the MuseumFree GuyReal Steel, and most recently, The Adam Project. With an extensive history of having worked with both Ryan Reynolds as well as Hugh Jackman in films outside of Marvel and in genres of varying diversity, it seems like the three constitute almost the perfect trio that could usher in the Foxverse into the MCU.

Speaking of the opportunity granted and the grandeur of the event to come, Shawn Levy claimed:

“I can’t say much. Thank God, Stranger Things has trained me to shut my mouth more than is instinctive for me. I’ll just say that to be developing and prepping this movie that has this iconic duo together in an entire movie for the first time — a pairing between Hugh and Ryan, Wolverine and Deadpool. [It’s] very much a pairing that the world has waited for over a decade, [and] I’m the lucky son of a b**** who gets to tell a story about that pair.

The potential is so rich and every day that we work on the screenplay, there are ideas that we didn’t anticipate that appear because you’re talking about the ultimate Marvel icon and the ultimate Marvel iconoclast.”

Shawn Levy (center) with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds
Shawn Levy (center) with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds

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It’s already clear that it isn’t only the fandom that is overflowing with squeals of anticipation and joy at the prospect of watching the two actors paired up as Deadpool and Wolverine together in their current capacities.

Hugh Jackman himself had expressed his wish to be able to star alongside the Avengers and fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the Earth’s mightiest heroes at least once in his lifetime. Even though that wish might remain a forlorn dream, Wolverine’s expedition with Deadpool is a far better adventure than the grandeur of fighting a war with the Cap and Iron Man by his side.

Hugh Jackman’s MCU Supremacy Begins With Deadpool 3

Hugh Jackman broke the internet with his and Ryan Reynolds’ late September announcement of Deadpool 3 bringing back Wolverine one more time. Even though the duo is infamous for their love-hate faux rivalry that often gives way to the most sarcastic and hilarious encounters, this time, however, the teaser was anything but false. The Aussie actor had announced hanging up his claws for the last time in 2017, but it looks like one last adventure is still left to be trodden.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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For years since their first appearance together in the 2009 film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds has been trying to get Jackman onboard a film starring the two together — the Merc with the Mouth and the Wolverine himself, but to no avail. With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the union of the MCU and the Foxverse was inevitable and it’s no surprise that two of the most successful stories would be paired up in the most anticipated film to usher in the long-awaited mutants to the mainstream Marvel universe.

Deadpool 3 will kick off Phase Six and is set to premiere on November 8, 2024.

Source: SyFy

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.