Deadpool 3: key information
- Releasing in theaters worldwide in late July
- Only MCU movie due out this year
- Will be Marvel's first R-rated movie
- First trailer revealed during 2024 Super Bowl
- Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are its co-leads
- Other cast members confirmed
- Lots of speculation concerning cameo appearances
- Will be another multiverse-centric film
- Rumored to be a celebration of Fox's defunct X-Men cinematic universe
- Could set up future Marvel multiverse story threads
The release of Deadpool and Wolverine, the newly minted Marvel movie (it was formally known as Deadpool 3), is only five months away from arriving in theaters. And, we don't know about you, but we're incredibly excited for it.
Our hype levels have been sent through the roof recently, too. Not only has Marvel chief Kevin Feige revealed Deadpool 3's logo in the only way he knows how, the superhero film's first trailer was made its grand debut during Super Bowl 2024. You'll have to read on to watch the teaser for the only Marvel movie set to be released in 2024, though.
That's not the only incentive you've got to carry on reading, either. Below, we've rounded up every official piece of news, plus the increasing amount of rumors, surrounding Deadpool and Wolverine pre-release. That includes the Marvel Phase 5 film's launch date, confirmed cast, story speculation, and how it might impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU) future.
Major spoilers follow for every X-Men and Deadpool film to date. Potentially big spoilers for Deadpool and Wolverine are also on the way.
Deadpool and Wolverine release date
Deadpool and Wolverine will talk its way into theaters worldwide on Friday, July 26, although it'll arrive a day earlier (Thursday, July 25) in the UK.
When Marvel delayed multiple MCU movies in June 2023 due to the Hollywood writers' strike, Deadpool 3 was the only one whose at-the-time May 3 release wasn't changed. However, when the actors' strike began in July, filming ground to a halt and led to another release date revision.
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With the actors' strike ending in November 2023, principal photography restarted just days later, before officially wrapping on January 24. Deadpool and Wolverine, then, should meet its current release date, even with a potentially protracted post-production phase.
Deadpool and Wolverine trailer
Deadpool and Wolverine's first trailer was finally unveiled on February 12. Revealed during Super Bowl LVIII, it teased aspects of Deadpool 3's plot without giving its biggest secrets and/or cameos away.
That said, there were enough Easter eggs peppered throughout its two-minute runtime to set the internet rumor mill alight. Read our Deadpool and Wolverine trailer breakdown to learn more about the 10 things you probably missed during your first or 15th watch.
Deadpool 3 cast: confirmed and rumored
Here's the confirmed cast for Deadpool and Wolverine so far. The below list includes those whose appearances haven't been announced by Marvel, but who featured in the movie's first trailer, or whose cameos have been unveiled by the press:
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool
Hugh Jackman as James 'Logan' Howlett/Wolverine
Matthew Macfadyen as Paradox
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa
Stefan Kapičić as Colossus
Brianna Hildebrand as Teenage Negasonic Warhead
Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio
Leslie Uggams as Blind Al
Karan Soni as Dopinder
Rob Delaney as Peter
Aaron Stanford as Pyro
Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios
Emma Corrin as TBC
Reynolds and Jackman need no introduction as their respective characters, but it was nonetheless surprising to hear Jackman would return as Wolverine one final time for this threequel. Indeed, it seemed he'd called time on his iconic run as the adamantium-clawed mutant with 2016's Logan, the final entry in Fox's deceased X-Men film universe.
Speaking to CNN in January 2023, Jackman said he didn't want to regret turning down the opportunity to co-star in a film alongside Reynolds' Regenerating Degenerate, hence his decision to portray the complex character once more.
Reynolds and Jackman aren't the only famous faces returning for Deadpool 3. As confirmed by the first teaser, Baccarin (Vanessa), Kapičić (Colossus), Hildebrand (Negasonic), Kutsuna (Yukio), Uggams (Blind Al), Soni (Dopinder), and Delaney (Peter) will reprise their roles from Deadpool's first two films.
Macfadyen (Succession) is also on board as a new Time Variance Authority (TVA) agent called Paradox, which adds major ties between Deadpool 3 and Loki season 2. The trailer also revealed Stanford is back as the fiery mutant known as Pyro, who featured in the first three X-Men films. Corrin (The Crown) is also confirmed to feature, although their role is a closely guarded secret. We'll dig into who they might be playing in our spoiler-filled cast section shortly.
With this being a multiverse-centric movie, we can expect plenty of X-Men and other defunct Fox universe characters to cameo. The first of those is Garner (per THR), who is expected to reprise her role as Elektra from 2003's Daredevil film and the character's 2005 self-titled flick.
Charlie Cox won't be adding to his MCU cameo roles here, though, with the Daredevil star telling TechRadar he isn't in Deadpool 3. Zazie Beetz, who played Domino in Deadpool 2, also told Decider she won't be back for more Marvel mayhem.
Potentially big cast spoilers follow.
Remember the relentless churn concerning Doctor Strange 2's potential cameos? MCU fans find themselves in a similar spin over the sheer number of wild cast rumors in Deadpool and Wolverine.
First up, MCU leaker DanielRPK claims Corrin in playing Cassandra Nova, a character with a big affiliation, and similar bald-headed look, to X-Men founder Charles Xavier/Professor X. The first trailer showcased a character with a shaved/bald head, which we believe is Corrin's Nova.
If Corrin is playing Nova, we could see Patrick Stewart make another appearance as everyone's favorite telepath – we just hope he doesn't die (again!). For what it's worth, Stewart has apparently held discussions about featuring, telling the Happy Sad Confused podcast: "It [a cameo] has come up."
Jackman and (potentially) Stewart's appearances in Deadpool and Wolverine raise questions about other former X-Men stars turning up. To date, there have been 13 X-Men or X-Men-adjacent films – read our X-Men movies in order guide for more details – so there are plenty of big names who could pop up.
Indeed, there's been no end to speculation that Ian McKellen and/or Michael Fassbender will appear as their iterations of Magneto. The same is true of James McAvoy supposedly turning up as the younger version of Professor X (although he's downplayed such suggestions to Entertainment Tonight), and a Succession reunion between Macfadyen and Brian Cox – the latter playing William Stryker, the man behind Wolverine's creation, in numerous X-Men films.
As leaked on-set images in the tweet above reveal, Sabretooth will be making his first Marvel movie appearance since 2000's X-Men. There are also rumors Toad, who also debuted in that flick, will feature.
Then there's The Marvels' post-credits scene, which confirmed the return of Kelsey Grammer's Beast from the first three X-Men films (and that the X-Men exist in the MCU, albeit in a parallel dimension). So, there's plenty of opportunity for other actors to cross over from former X-Men films into Marvel's cinematic juggernaut.
And what of new X-Men characters making their live-action debuts? The film's first trailer already teased Jackman could portray one of Wolverine's aliases – the Madripoor-dwelling Patch – so it's not out of the realms of possibility we'll see Deadpool and Wolverine variants in this multiverse-centric movie.
Finally – and this would arguably be the biggest cameo of them all, if it's true – there's growing speculation that pop megastar Taylor Swift could appear. Various insiders have linked her with a possible cameo as Dazzler, a mutant who can turn sound vibrations into various light forms.
Speculation began when Swift was spotted hanging out with Reynolds and his wife/fellow actor Blake Lively, though it should be noted that Swift has been friends with them for years. The trio was also seen with Jackman and Levy in public, too, further fuelling speculation that Swift was being tapped to appear.
Understandably, 'Swifties' have spent months investigating her public appearances with Deadpool 3's leading men and director, and what it means about a potential cameo. For their part, Reynolds (via the Vancouver Sun) and Levy (per The Wrap) haven't exactly stopped the rumor mill going into overdrive with teasing comments, while MCU leaker MyTimetoShineHello has claimed Swift will play herself in the threequel. Late July can't come fast enough to put an end to this fanfare-laden piece of conjecture.
Deadpool 3 story speculation
Full spoilers follow for Deadpool 2 and Logan.
Despite unveiling Deadpool and Wolverine's first teaser, Marvel hasn't released an official plot synopsis. Usually, the Disney subsidiary reveals both simultaneously but, given the secrecy surrounding this film, it shouldn't come as a surprise that a story brief wasn't confirmed alongside the teaser. Still, based on said trailer and various reports, we have a good idea of its initial plot.
For starters, Deadpool 3 will be R-rated, thereby making history as the first MCU film to carry such an age rating. In January, Marvel released its first 18-plus TV show in Echo, so it's already laid the groundwork for adult-centric MCU projects to take their place alongside their PG-13 brethren.
But back to the story. The first trailer suggests Wade has retired from the anti-hero life, but things aren't going well in his marriage to Vanessa. Unfortunately (or, perhaps fortunately, depending how bad things are), he's whisked away by the TVA amid some birthday celebrations. The reason? Wade/Deadpool messed with the space-time continuum at the end of Deadpool 2 using Cable's time-travel device. It's not unreasonable to assume, then, that the TVA caught wind of his multiversal adventures (including saving Vanessa, who died in Deadpool 2's first act) and moved to arrest him.
Of course, based on Wade's conversations with Paradox, the TVA look like they'll try and strike a similar deal with the former as they did with Loki – i.e. they help the TVA with a bigger multiversal issue in return for being allowed to live. Unlike Loki, though, we suspect the chaotic Deadpool won't be down to being kept on a leash by a bureaucratic organization, even if it's more benevolent in the wake of Loki season 2.
Meanwhile, Jackman's return as Wolverine sparked concern among fans of Logan, which – spoilers – saw the character die. It was a fitting end for Jackman's iconic run as the titular hero, so viewers were worried that Deadpool and Wolverine would undo the bittersweet nature of Jackman's at-the-time final outing.
Taking to YouTube in September 2022, however, Reynolds and Jackman addressed the biggest question surrounding Wolverine's reappearance – that being, how he's alive in this movie. "Logan died in Logan, [so] we're not touching that," Reynolds explained, thus easing potential fan disgruntlement.
Potentially big plot spoilers follow for Deadpool and Wolverine.
So, how will Deadpool's next film address Wolverine's supposed resurrection? Well, by not bringing him back from the dead at all. Per SiriusXM, Jackman revealed that Deadpool 2's time-travel device allowed Wade to travel back in time and/or to other Marvel timelines. In short, Deadpool could travel to an alternate universe where Wolverine is still alive. Alternatively, he might team up with a Wolverine variant at the TVA, if one has been incarcerated there for some time.
Anyway, with the film's leading pair making the jump to the MCU – we hope there's a superhero landing once they do – from Fox's X-Men film franchise, we'd be surprised if Marvel doesn't celebrate, or poke fun at, those movies. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige started in Hollywood as a producer on the first few X-Men movies, so it would be a missed opportunity if he didn't pay tribute to them and bring his filmmaking journey full circle.
Judging by leaked on-set images and first trailer, that'll be the case. As spotted by multiple industry insiders, including the Deadpool Updates X fan account (see above), a giant, eroding, almost Planet of the Apes-style 20th Century Fox logo was spotted during filming in July 2023 (it's also briefly glimpsed in the movie's first teaser). Considering Deadpool loves to break the fourth wall, don't be surprised if Deadpool 3 takes a very meta approach to Fox's fallen X-Men franchise.
Deadpool's third film outing might even take some amusing shots at the MCU itself. On-set images posted by CWGST suggest we'll see a modified version of Moon Knight's cupcake van, while another photo appears to show Captain America: The First Avenger's Red Skull car making an appearance. Alioth, a trash-temporal entity seen in Loki, seems to make a brief appearance, too, as does The Void, i.e. the desolate dimension at the end of time. Is Deadpool about to take aim at some of the more surreal aspects of the MCU? Or are these vehicles from other universes that have already been destroyed? The plot thickens...
There are lots of other huge rumors surrounding the movie, but we'd be here all day if we covered them all, so a quick round-up will have to suffice.
For one, Reynolds is, like Jackman (see our spoiler-filled cast section above for more on Jackman's multi-part role) is believed to be playing multiple iterations of Deadpool, with leaked on-set images showing Reynolds as a variant with long hair and an armor-plated costume (per the Daily Mail). Next, CWGST claims some of the film is set during the original X-Men film trilogy, while fellow leaker Alex P has hinted Deadpool will change the MCU's history in some way. Finally, there's tentative gossip that Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies will be referenced (thanks to Reddit for the catch). If even half of this proves correct, we're in for a wild and highly entertaining ride.
Where to watch the Deadpool and X-Men movies
If you want to watch every X-Men and Deadpool movie before Deadpool and Wolverine, you're in luck. Most are available on Disney Plus – in fact, every single Deadpool and X-Men film is there on one of the world's best streaming services in the UK and Australia.
There are a few caveats for US viewers, however. X-Men 2 (or X2, if you prefer) is only on Starz, X-Men: First Class is only viewable on Hulu, and X-Men: Days of Future Past is exclusive to Max. That trio aside, American audiences can watch the other flicks on Disney Plus.
How will Deadpool 3 impact the MCU?
If Deadpool and Wolverine is as chaotic as it sounds, it could have serious repercussions for the MCU's overarching multiverse narrative.
Fan reception to Marvel's multiversal tale has been lukewarm at best so far, with only Spider-Man: No Way Home and Loki capturing audiences' imagination. Doctor Strange 2 and What If...? have flattered to deceive and, with few other Phase 4 and Phase 5 projects being of a multiverse-centric nature, viewers haven't exactly bought into the MCU's latest cinematic saga.
That's before we take Jonathan Majors' recent firing as Kang into account, too. Marvel is reportedly exploring whether to recast the multiversal villain or overhaul the Multiverse Saga's entire plan for the next few years, so it's hard to pinpoint where things could go next. Heck, Deadpool 3 might have undergone narrative revisions in light of Majors' departure and have a more open-ended, well, ending that gives Marvel some wriggle room as it reworks its Phase 5 and 6 blueprints.
Right now, how Marvel's next big-screen offering impacts the wider MCU remains a mystery. For what it's worth, THR suggests Deadpool's third cinematic outing is "the most important project for the studio outside of anything with Avengers in the title", so it sounds like Marvel is banking on the movie being a massive success.
Given the issues it's faced recently, Marvel could really do with Deadpool and Wolverine being a multi-billion dollar hit to get the MCU back on track. Outside of that and rumors that it'll set up events leading into the next two Avengers films, though, nobody truly knows how Deadpool 3 will influence the MCU's future.
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