A positively gleeful Ryan Reynolds confirmed that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine for Deadpool 3 in the MCU.
Jackman played Wolverine for almost twenty years in the original X-Men series before stepping away from the role in 2017’s Logan. The end of Jackman’s tenure came as Reynold’s Deadpool appeared to become the central character of the X-Men movies. That popularity was why Marvel moved on Deadpool 3 and officially placed it in the MCU.
Rumors have persisted that Jackman would return to Wolverine, but we haven’t heard confirmed reports until now. Reynolds had also stated he wanted to play with Jackman in the world again, which sparked a faux-feud between the actors. They had previously starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine together, but the movie was a disappointment. Still, fans hoped that Wolverine and Deadpool would meet again.
Now, we have official reports that Jackman’s Wolverine is coming back to Deadpool 3, which will hit theaters in September of 2024.
The confirmation came in a video from Reynolds in which he quipped about not knowing what the film would be about and that he was doing tasks around his home in the Deadpool costume. It ends with Reynolds saying he does know one thing… Jackman’s return.
Now that it is confirmed, we know the first co-star for the new Deadpool flick. It’s also great to see Jackman officially joining the MCU after so many years in X-Men. Jackman had previously noted that he would love to join the shared universe and interact with Iron Man. Although the entrance of Jackman in Deadpool 3 doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll also get Iron Man, it does at least open the door to the possibility of Wolverine interacting with other characters.
We also believe that we’re going to see the multiverse at play here, which means Jackman may not be the MCU’s main version of Wolverine. That allows Logan’s emotional ending to stay canon for the X-Men franchise while also bringing Wolverine to the MCU.