Ryan Reynolds just shocked the world, no, the universe…no,…the multiverse…with the surprise announcement that Deadpool 3 finally has a release date…and Wolverine. That’s right, after years of rumors about him and Hugh Jackman possibly teaming up to continue their adventures, Reynolds has just dropped a sneak peek video that ends with the former Logan agreeing to return as the famous X-Men in Deadpool 3. And not only that, but the film also finally has a release date: September 6, 2024.
But, What does this mean not only for Deadpool and Wolverine, but also for the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself? We have a lot of questions about this news, so let’s dive into it…
But isn’t Wolverine dead?
Yes! And no. Although James Mangold’s great movie Logan killed off Jackman’s version of the character, don’t forget that that movie didn’t necessarily fit into the timeline of Fox’s X-Men movies. Of course, those movies have always had continuity issues, but it’s perfectly possible to consider the Logan movie as a variant version of Wolverine, in this case an older and even different version of Jackman’s famous mutant. And yes, a bloodier version too.
So even though he’s dead we could have a totally different variant of Wolverine in Deadpool 3. Maybe he’s a more faithful to the comics version of Old Man Logan, or maybe he’s the Wolverine we know from most other X-Men movies. Or maybe it’s a new twist on the character, as we saw with Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That version of Xavier went the ’90s animated series route, so what if Deadpool 3 also tugs on our collective nostalgia and that’s how we finally get Hugh Jackman in the yellow and blue Wolverine suit?
Update: After publishing the article, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have appeared in a new video answering some questions, including this one, confirming that what happens in Logan is something totally separate from this movie.
So does the X-Men Cinematic Universe merge completely with the MCU?
Everything points to… We do not know it yet! But keep in mind that even the first two Deadpool movies never felt like they fully existed in the standard world of Fox’s X-Men. For one thing, Colossus had a very different look and sound, and some of the other X-Men characters didn’t really fit into those movies… while others did. Heck, we even have what looked like a SHIELD helicarrier shot down in the big battle at the end of Deadpool 1. That wouldn’t really fit into the standard Fox/X-Men movies.
In short, none of Deadpool’s connections to the X-Men movies ever made much sense, but now’s the chance to tie it all together through…you guessed it, the multiverse! Phases 4, 5, and 6 of the MCU are collectively called The Multiverse Saga, so the MCU is primed for this kind of seemingly impossible crossover.
Although Phase 4 narratively hasn’t done much to move things forward, it has established that Kevin Feige and company can literally do whatever they want.
Although Phase 4 has not done much to advance, the only thing it has established is that Kevin Feige and company can literally do whatever they want. There is a multiverse of variants, so there are many ways for this to happen.
Where does Deadpool 3 sit in Marvel’s Phase 5 and 6?
A release date of September 6, 2024 places Deadpool 3 as the first film of Phase 6, closely followed by Fantastic Four in November of the same year. What could happen in Thunderbolts to close out Phase 5 and kick off the long-awaited Fox/X-Men universe that will officially land in the MCU?
Or is the answer to that question… “not much really”? In which case, could Deadpool be responsible for merging everything in the build up to Secret Wars?
John Krasinski, who’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for the shortest screen time as a Marvel superhero who can stretch really far, followed up Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3 announcement with what we’re guessing is a joke tweet, asking, “Wait… is this our movie?” But then again, we also thought Reynolds’ announcement was a joke at first, and, as noted above, Deadpool 3 comes right before Fantastic Four, so maybe none of this is a joke and Reed Richards and The Fantastic Four will be shown in Deadpool 3.
Also, maybe this explains how professor x ended up in the illuminati alongside Reed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Are they still using the Deadpool and Wolverine buddy trip idea?
Ryan Reynolds revealed in 2021 that before Disney bought Fox, the plan for Deadpool 3 was to make a “road movie” with Deadpool and Logan. He also noted that it would have been done “Rashomon style. Really,” which of course refers to Akira Kurosawa’s classic story told from multiple opposing points of view.
Of course, it’s always made sense for these two characters to come together on screen in some way, as they are both survivors of the Weapon X program. And the humor of this montage seems pretty obvious. Except, on a Rashomon road trip, there would be plenty of opportunities to portray Logan in new and ridiculous ways as well. I mean… let’s hope this idea stays on the table.
Does all this prepare Secret Wars?
We know that the MCU Multiverse Saga will culminate at the end of Phase 6 with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in May 2025 and Avengers: Secret Wars in November 2025. In the modern Secret Wars comic the Multiverse was destroyed and reformed into a single world populated by Variants from many different realities, so it seems like a safe bet that Marvel boss Kevin Feige and his team will pull out all the stops for that movie, bringing in all sorts of cameos and returning favorites for the culmination. of this story of multiverses.
A return of Robert Downey, Jr. as a variant of Tony Stark seems almost inevitable, and could also see the return of other characters like Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers, and more. And let’s not forget that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could have a role, which would mean that after decades of the characters being kept apart by two different studios, we’d finally see Wolverine and Spidey share the screen together. But then there are the other worlds and characters floating around out there that would simply delight fans if they showed up. Everyone from Lou Ferrigno’s Hulk to Wesley Snipes’ Blade is on the table, so bringing Deadpool and Wolverine together is a sure way to set up this dynamic in the months leading up to the Multiverse Saga’s grand finale. . And don’t worry Logan movie fans, there’s no reason we can’t have a younger Wolverine and an older version in Secret Wars too, side by side…
What do Deadpool and Wolverine bring to a potential Avengers lineup?
If Deadpool and Wolverine are now in the MCU, we can’t help but wonder. what effect will that have on the avengers. Can a team made up of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes afford not to include these two immortal killing machines?
Let’s not forget that both Logan and Wade have been members of the Avengers in the comics. Wolverine spent years dividing his time between the X-Men and the Avengers. And when funding for the Avengers dried up after 2015’s Secret Wars, it was Deadpool who opened up his portfolio and bankrolled a new version of the Uncanny Avengers.
Long story short, if either of these two characters stays in the MCU after Deadpool 3, we could very easily see them join the Avengers. What a trip it would be.
But, what do you think? What does this news mean for the future of Marvel movies? Let’s discuss in the comments!