Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds shocked comic book fans in late September when they jointly announced that Jackman’s Wolverine would be returning to the big screen in “Deadpool 3”. Jackman hung up his claws in 2017 with “Logan,” which was touted as his Wolverine swan song and ended with the character’s death. How Wolverine Will Return For “Deadpool 3” Is Still To Be Seen, But Jackman And Reynolds Told Variety the plan has been brewing for quite some time.
According to Reynolds, he first met with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige three and a half years ago after Disney acquired Fox. The first two ‘Deadpool’ films were released by Fox and grossed $780 million each worldwide. Now that Disney owned Fox, the door was open for Deadpool to enter Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I got Kevin to talk about what the future holds for Deadpool in that transaction,” Reynolds said of his first meeting with Marvel after the Disney-Fox merger. “The topic came up during the meeting as to whether we could find a way to create a Deadpool-Wolverine link. That was not possible then. That this is happening now is damn exciting.”
“Deadpool 3” marks Jackman’s 10th time playing Wolverine. The two actors first met during the making of 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” where Reynolds played a different version of Wade Wilson/Deadpool. Jackman, who is currently on Broadway with “The Music Man”, is already starting to pile up to get back into Wolverine form.
“A small part of me now thinks I’d be better at it,” Jackman said of his return to his most iconic role. Is that arrogance of age or something? Wolverine is a haunted character – more haunted than me. But I always get the feeling that he is comfortable in his own skin. And I feel better in my own skin now, even if it’s messier.”
Jackman meant it when he repeatedly stated during the “Logan” press tour that he was quitting playing Wolverine. So what has changed your mind? A showing of “Deadpool” in 2016, it turns out. Jackman first saw “Deadpool” before shooting “Logan”, but by then had already recorded calling “Logan” his last Wolverine movie.
“I went to a screening of ‘Deadpool’. I was in there for 20 minutes and I was like, ‘Ah, damn it!’” Jackman said. “All I kept seeing in my head was ’48 hours.’ with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. So it’s been brewing for quite some time. It just took me more time to get here.”
While Reynolds had been eager to bring Wolverine into the fold for over three years (Jackman said Reynolds had begged him “daily” to make a Wolverine-Deadpool movie), it wasn’t until August that Jackman finally agreed to play Wolverine. . again.
“I think he kind of gave up,” Jackman said. “I think it was a big shock to him. There was a huge pause, and then he said, ‘I can’t believe the timing of this.’”
Jackman called Reynolds to break the news while on a late summer beach trip with his family. Reynolds happened to already have a meeting with Marvel and Feige about ‘Deadpool 3’. With Jackman on board, Reynolds and director Shawn Levy brought the news to Feige.
“Oh my god, I’m excited,” Reynolds said of Jackman’s return. “It’s like an old home week. Being on set with one of my best friends every day is a dream come true. But to do it with these two iconic characters side by side is beyond our wildest dreams.”
Reynolds added of Jackman: “I’ve always been stunned by the full spectrum of his talent. He came on this scene and entered the zeitgeist as this hyper-masculine superhero character, but he also makes musicals and portrays these intensely vulnerable characters in all sorts of films in all kinds of budgets for all kinds of audiences.”
It is not yet clear what the new film will be about. It won’t even necessarily be called “Deadpool 3″. Jackman added, “Well, not in my heart. I’m pretty sure Wolverine wouldn’t like that title.”
“Deadpool 3” will hit theaters on November 8, 2024.