Confirmed: Hugh Jackman Reprising His Role as Wolverine in Deadpool 3


In typical Ryan Reynolds fashion, he drops the news that Deadpool 3 will be opening in theatres on 6 September 2024, with Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine.

Remember: it has been six years since Deadpool 2 came out.

“Hey everyone, we’re extremely sad to have missed D23, but we’ve been working very hard on the next Deadpool film for a good long while now,” Reynolds said, referencing the Disney Fan Event, D23 Expo 2022, which took place earlier this September at the Anaheim Convention Centre.

(The joke here is that Deadpool would never be previewed at Disney conventions due to its consistent R rating for its strong violence and language, even though Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019.)

Then Reynolds starts on a long exposition, “I’ve had to really search my soul on this one. His first appearance in the MCU needs to feel special. We need to stay true to the character, find new depth, motivation, and meaning.”

All the while, the video goes through a series of clips: Reynolds walking through a sunlit forest, lying on a bed, inhabiting a rustic-looking wooden house, and lifting weights.

Inspiring music even plays in the background.

Reynolds proceeds to cut the joke short, “And I… I have nothing. Yeah, just completely empty up here [in my head]. And terrifying. But we did have one idea.”

Suddenly, at the 45 second mark, Hugh Jackman walks into frame.

“Hey, Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?” Reynolds asks Hugh.

“Yeah, sure, Ryan.”

The video ends with a “Coming Hughn” title card rising up.

The Deadpool logo appears, before it is slashed by Wolverine’s adamantium claws for the number three.


Honestly, this is a surprising decision for Hugh Jackman.

After filming Jack Mangold’s Logan in 2017, Jackman had said that Logan would be his last time acting as the character Wolverine.


For the viewers at home who have stuck with the original X-Men movies from start till end, a franchise which spans nine movies, perhaps the watching might not have required much effort.

But for Jackman, maintaining the muscular figure that defines Wolverine meant long hours at the gym and a constant diet that he could not break off, lest he wanted to lose the muscle tone.

He played Wolverine for a total of 17 years before finally retiring his adamantium claws.

To ensure that Wolverine would stay dead, and that Logan would be his last reprisal as the character, the ageing hero was killed off.

(Additionally, the entire cinematic of Reynolds walking through the forest and living in an isolated house is definitely a jab at Logan.)


So yes, it is quite surprising that Jackman would retract a decision he made.

But he couldn’t have chosen a better partner.

Deadpool has consistently done well for itself: its first movie earned $363 million in its opening weekend and grossed $763 million on a $59 million budget; the second movie earned $318 million in domestic theatres and $734 million worldwide on a $110 million budget.

There is winning formula of wit and sarcasm in Deadpool movies that makes it very beloved among the mature audience, which means there is a lot of room for the stoic and serious Wolverine to grow into.

Although we have to wait a whole year before the new Deadpool movie comes out, this iconic duo is definitely worth waiting for.

Deadpool 3 will be coming out in theatres on 6 September 2024.


Mark your calendars, MCU fans.

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