We all knew a third installment was coming after “Deadpool 2” who earned more than $786 million, where it currently ranks as the second highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. However, the Walt Disney Company’s ground-breaking acquisition of 20th Century Fox put a wrench in the plans. While the idea of Marvel Studios reviving the “X-Men” property in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was incredibly exciting to fans, what did this mean for the clearly adult-skewing “Deadpool” series? Would Disney want the family-friendly MCU characters like Hulk, Thor, and Captain Marvel to coexist with Deadpool’s coarse language?
To the surprise of the fans, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige eventually confirmed that “Deadpool 3” was still a go and would stay R-rated. Hugh Jackman’s announcement that he would join Ryan Reynolds in 2022, returning to the character of Wolverine after adamantly declaring his retirement from the series with the 2017 picture “Logan,” was the truly astounding news, though.
But what else do we want to see from Jackman’s comeback as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3” now that he’s back in the claws fighting alongside Reynolds as Deadpool? Continue reading to see our list.
A True Team Up
Hugh Jackman returning to the role of Wolverine may have generated the same amount of excitement as Josh Brolin’s casting as Cable in “Deadpool 2” when it was initially announced. Although he earned positive reviews for his portrayal of the future cyborg warrior, some viewers might have been upset that Cable spent a large portion of the movie playing the antagonist. We’re hoping that the makers of “Deadpool 3” won’t be tempted to set the Merc with a Mouth against the veteran Canuckle-head, as they did with Wolverine, and will instead make the movie with a true team-up.
We don’t believe Wolverine will be Deadpool’s opponent because of the friendship between Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, but we do anticipate at least one battle scene between the two at some point in the movie. It will be entertaining to watch the two mutants with the fastest healing abilities slash and dice at one another, but if the movie is smart, it will quickly put an end to the rivalry and turn Wolverine and Deadpool into fast friends, reluctant allies, and a formidable duo deserving of Jackman’s return.
A proper team-up that allows us to witness the actors’ flawless on-screen chemistry might be what we want to see most from “Deadpool 3,” regardless of whether they adapt a well-liked storyline from the comics that saw the pair of X-Men join forces or create something brand-new for fans to get excited about.
An Avengers reunion
It’s now conceivable to see the participation of characters from the MCU because the third “Deadpool” movie is now produced by Walt Disney, which still feels strange to say. We are unsure if this means the story will take place in the “Avengers” universe or feature Deadpool traveling through several dimensions, but we are certain that there will be at least a few MCU cameos. But the “Avengers” band from the past, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, should come together once more.
Despite the fact that all three of these characters have died in the MCU, we’re talking about “Deadpool,” a series where anything may happen and nothing needs to make sense. For “Deadpool 3,” the movie that persuaded Hugh Jackman to come out of retirement, we could see Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. donning a suit once more.
A reunion of “Avengers” stars feels like the perfect decision, whether it’s for a major action sequence or a blink-and-miss-it cameo like James McAvoy’s “X-Men” in “Deadpool 2,” and the opportunity for Wolverine to interact with them is the icing on the cake.
A comic-accurate costume for Wolverine
If there’s one trivial aspect, one gimmicky feature that we selfishly want to see for no other reason than its sheer coolness, it’s probably a comic-accurate suit for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and we probably speak for all fans when we say that. It’s amazing to imagine that despite playing the role for close to 20 years, Jackman never sported the iconic winged face mask or any attire that even somewhat matched his comic book persona.
Fans were teased with a potential yellow and black costume in a deleted clip from the 2013 sequel “The Wolverine” that was available on the home disc, which is the most inexplicably disregarded part of the maverick multi-clawed mutant. But since “Days of Future Past” and “Logan” both took place at distinct periods along the chronology, viewers were unable to see it in action because we never continued his story from that point.
Ryan Reynolds would undoubtedly play this as a joke and repeatedly tease a costume that never materializes, knowing full well that this is exactly what people want to see. But in the end, Reynolds, who is well known for his love of fans, finds it too tempting to include Wolvie in costume and knows it will be a popular moment. Although we can’t say for sure, we believe the filmmakers will likely succeed.
Wolverine vs. The Hulk
Few characters have faced off in battles as epic as Wolverine and the Incredible Hulk, whose animosity dates back to Wolverine’s debut in “The Incredible Hulk” #181. Both characters had been on the big screen by the late 2000s, with Hugh Jackman making Wolverine famous and Mark Ruffalo took a part of Hulk role starting with the superhero team-up in “The Avengers” movie. Fans continue to fantasize about a confrontation between these two heroes, despite the fact that rights issues have prevented the figures from coming together.
But once Disney bought Fox, fans started to wonder if their fantasies may come true, with Jackman’s mutant finally clashing with Ruffalo’s monster. When Jackman reiterated his decision to leave the part in 2017 following the premiere of “Logan,” hopes looked shattered. We want to see the match-up take place, though, as it might be our last opportunity to watch the Hulk and Wolverine interact while these two actors are still playing the roles. Fortunately, the Australian actor changed his mind and is returning for “Deadpool 3.”
According to Mark Ruffalo’s statements on the Marvelist Podcast in 2018, if you inquire, it might be possible. “If Hugh is game, I’d love to work on something with him because I adore him, Ruffalo remarked. He has frequently made mockery of the Hulk and Wolverine.”
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is without a doubt the right choice if Ryan Reynolds and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Rheese are looking to adapt a comic book plot in which Deadpool and Wolverine collaborate. The 2013 storyline, which bore the same name as the classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, appeared in “Deadpool” issues #15 through #19. It featured much of Deadpool’s trademark humor, and Wade Wilson asked Wolverine and Captain America for help in learning more about the Weapon X program.
Despite the fact that a film version would probably include Captain America (or perhaps not, given that Deadpool is part of the MCU), it would be simple to replace the Sentinel of Liberty with a figure like Colossus or even Cable. But given that it has been in numerous “X-Men” movies, the investigation into Weapon X may be a little stale even though it may be interesting. Instead, the spark that starts this story—a unknown villain being exposed for continually stealing Deadpool’s organs—is what we enjoy most about it.
The Weapon X plan may be a good way to bring the two characters together, but Reynolds might prefer a sickeningly twisted organ-theft plot in which Deadpool enlists the assistance of Wolverine.
Hints to the next X-Men
Fans went into a frenzy after the Walt Disney Company acquired 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios) in 2019, as they anticipated a revival of the “X-Men” movies and their universe within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, besides a few brief appearances in places like Madripoor in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” we haven’t heard a peep from the realm of mutants in the MCU in years. In fact, given Marvel’s intentions for Phase 5 of the MCU and the fact that there are no “X-Men” movies scheduled until at least 2025, we might have to wait a while. But since we already know they’re on the way, why not tease a brand-new group of MCU mutants in “Deadpool 3” to whet our collective appetites?
Although it’s unlikely that Marvel Studios would cast their future new team for a one-off joke in the movie, we want to see a hint of what’s to come, whether it be a mention of Magneto being Wanda Maximoff’s father or a news report about the former Avengers headquarters becoming a school for talented children.
We will agree that this is a bit more of a long shot, but there has been chatter that She-Hulk may ultimately make her way to the big screen (per The Direct), so there is no reason why she couldn’t get a head start with an appearance in “Deadpool 3.” Jennifer Walters has a history of breaking the fourth wall; in her own series, she frequently turns to the camera and addresses the audience, a practice that precedes “Deadpool” in the comics. to witness them squabbling on the same screen about who will draw in the audience? That sounds like a formula for comic gold.
Her tongue-in-cheek humor would fit in perfectly with “Deadpool,” where a twerk or a “bruh” wouldn’t be out of place, even though some of the absurdity in her own series might not have been a success with viewers who wanted a more serious take on the character. Whatever your opinion of “She-Hulkjokes “‘s and digs, there’s no reason her kind of comedy couldn’t succeed in even a brief collaboration with the Merc with a Mouth. Additionally, Bruce’s cousin would be the ideal person to break up the Hulk/Wolverine battle because he can make fun of the overly macho lads for constantly seeking an excuse to fight.
No jokes about Logan
Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds are real-life friends, and because they previously appeared together in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as their respective roles, there will be plenty of temptation to use “Deadpool 3” as an opportunity to make fun of one another. Wade Wilson will undoubtedly break the fourth wall to comment on Jackman breaking his pledge to also withdraw from the character of the brawny bub. But if it were up to us, we’d ask them to omit the jokes about the 2017 movie “Logan.”
However, “Logan” was such an elevation of the comic book film genre, with a serious and solemn tone, that it should be left aside and not utilized as the basis for ridicule. Don’t get us wrong; we’d love to see Jackman’s character as Wolverine — and the star himself — lampooned often. Furthermore, making their much-maligned flop “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” the brunt of jokes is a lot more amusing than doing the opposite. Reynolds has plenty of material to work with, including Wolverine’s shoddy CGI claws and the odd decision to sew Deadpool’s mouth shut.
A multiverse adventure
Many fans had high hopes for a procession of prior movie guest stars before the release of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” with hopes of seeing non-MCU heroes like Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider or Wesley Snipes’ Blade back in action throughout the multiverse. There was even a brief discussion of updated Avengers, with speculations of Tom Cruise donning the Iron Man outfit (gossip that turned out to be entirely made up).
In the end, however, the movie only featured the Illuminati in one crucial scene, which disappointed many. However, cameos from characters from previous film universes would be the ideal trump card to play if “Deadpool” wants to properly embrace the oddity of falling under the Disney and MCU umbrellas. It’s true that we don’t want “Deadpool 3” to be overrun with cameos, but that doesn’t mean they can’t offer us a ton of them while still keeping the film’s main focus on a tight plot.
Since it can be played for laughs before moving on, this franchise is the best one to use one-off visits by a group of multiverse heroes.
Deadpool’s own supporting cast
In addition to realizing the dreams of every fan, a cavalcade of cameos would also provide Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine the chance to appear alongside actors like Ioan Gruffudd’s Mr. Fantastic or even Ben Affleck’s Daredevil in one-scene jokes.
Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine for “Deadpool 3” has caused an explosion on the internet and in social media. Just as we are doing here, throngs of fans have been compiling wishlists of cameos and pairings in the hopes of seeing the X-Man return to the big screen with MCU mainstays like the Hulk, Iron Man, or Thor. However, we want to make sure that fans don’t forget that Deadpool already has a fantastic supporting cast in all the zeal over the extraordinary access the filmmakers have to any number of Marvel characters, from “The Avengers” to “The Fantastic Four” and “The Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Yes, with all the focus on Wolverine, let’s not forget the amazing characters from the first two movies who we would love to see return. That group consists of the cynical roommate Blind Al, the displeased cab driver Dopinder, the fortunate Domino, the steel-skinned Colossus, and the jaded Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Heck, we might even get to meet mutant Cable who travels across time and fire starter Rusty Collins.
A tease for Deadpool 4
Let’s face it: we want cameos, but only as long as the movie doesn’t veer off course and ignore audience favorites. Some fans might be concerned that having so many characters will hinder the movie, but Marvel has previously succeeded with big ensemble casts and even one or two standalone movies with a lot of guest stars. If they want to see how to do it properly, they may watch “Captain America: Civil War” or “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
Why are we discussing a different sequel before “Deadpool 3” even comes out? Marvel Studios is known for planning their slates years, if not decades, in advance, so there is no reason why we can’t make similar assumptions. In this situation, we want to see a tease for a fourth installment in “Deadpool 3,” not just because it would be entertaining, but also because we want Marvel to immediately dispel the popular belief that the third installment will be the final one, the capstone on a fantastic trilogy.
In the end, “Deadpool” doesn’t really need to end after three movies, not while Reynolds still adores the character and has a passion for taking out bad guys and making jokes. We don’t think Marvel Studios would declare “three is enough,” especially not when they’re raking in billions at the box office, given that they’ve already made it obvious they’re happy to let “Deadpool” films continue alongside the MCU, even in an R-rated form.
If anything, Jackman’s involvement in the series may have given Reynolds and Marvel new life, preparing them for even more spin-offs or sequels starring Domino, Cable, and X-Force. We want to hear them say “Deadpool will return” in a post-credits statement if any of it is in the works.
No, we’re not joking, and sure, we’re referring to Kevin Feige, the head of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and president of Marvel Studios, who also serves as an executive producer. He needs to appear in “Deadpool 3.” You wonder, “How and why?” First of all, it’s about time the fans got an opportunity to show their support for the king of all things Marvel flicks. The ideal setting for that to occur is “Deadpool 3,” the first movie to solidly cross over the “X-Men” and MCU universes with a sense of fun.
Remember that Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics, appeared in practically every major Marvel film. With Lee’s passing in 2018, perhaps Marvel can hand the reins over to Feige, the man who created the MCU. Without being aware of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century, a movie that doesn’t simply break the fourth wall but bursts through it might have its star smashing down Feige’s door and demanding answers when he finds himself in the MCU. In fact, it may mix our desire for a hint at a “X-Men” revival with the studio head’s position during franchise preparation.
A future for Jackman’s Wolverine
If Hugh Jackman has broken his promise to never portray Wolverine again, you must be thinking, “Surely, he’s only doing it for this one special film,” And you might be correct. Additionally, it is true that Jackman most likely won’t reprise his role as the MCU’s Wolverine and won’t continue to portray the character after Logan passed away in the 2017 swan song “Logan” (spoilers for a movie from a few years ago). However, we still believe that Jackman as Wolverine can be entertaining beyond “Deadpool 3,” and if he was persuaded to return once, he can be persuaded to return again — it just needs to be something exceptional.
How possibly is that? The response from fans to Wolverine’s comeback appears to indicate that viewers want to see him return for the monumental crossover movie “Secret Wars” from Marvel in 2025. The MCU adaptation seems to be setting up a multi-verse version of the plot, with the malevolent Kang assembling heroes and villains from several universes. The event in the comics involved almost every important Marvel character. However, it would be negligent for the movie to omit any significant mutations.
Jackman playing Wolverine again in that movie would help reflect the mutant side of Marvel and serve as the ideal cap for his final depiction of the character, especially because we might not have seen a “X-Men” movie by 2025. This one, is it likely? Most likely not. That won’t stop us from dreaming, though.