Ryan Reynolds has revealed that Hugh Jackman will be in the next Deadpool movie as Wolverine.
The actor shared a video on social media on Tuesday in which he jokingly showed how hard he was working to develop the sequel to 2018’s Deadpool 2 and his character’s first entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). .
“And I have nothing, it’s completely empty here. And terrifying. But we had an idea,” he told the camera, as Hugh casually walked behind his sofa and up the stairs. “Hey Hugh, do you want to play Wolverine one more time?”
Jackman replied, “Yeah sure, Ryan.”
Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You then came into play and the words “Coming Hughn” appeared on screen, followed by an image of Deadpool’s mask being carved out by Wolverine’s claws and the release date: 6 September 2024.
Jackman last appeared as Wolverine in 2017’s Logan, in which the character died. The Aussie actor has long insisted that Logan was his final appearance as a mutant and it’s unclear how the character will return for Deadpool 3.
Logan director James Mangold responded to Tuesday’s news by sharing a GIF of Wolverine’s final moments in the film, and after receiving backlash he tweeted, “Oh my God! I’m fine! LOGAN will always be Multiverse or prequel, time warp or wormhole, canon or non-canon or even without justification, can’t wait to see what madness my dear friends
@VancityReynolds and @RealHughJackman are cooking (sic)!”
Reynolds and Jackman have a long history together. Reynolds first appeared as Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and his character often makes Wolverine jokes in standalone Deadpool movies, which involved lesser-known X-Men. The actors also have a long-running mock rivalry.
Deadpool 3 will mark both characters’ introduction to the MCU after Fox’s merger with Marvel’s parent company Disney. This means they will be able to interact with Marvel superheroes for the first time.
The film is directed by frequent Reynolds collaborator Shawn Levy, from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.