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Deadpool & Wolverine: Release Date, Trailer, Cast & More

We look back at where the Merc with a Mouth has been, how he ended up in the MCU, who else is joining him, and more.

by | February 13, 2024 | Comments

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Your old pal Deadpool will soon be back. While that means a new movie, it also means another strange and funny media blitz, care of the Merc with a Mouth and his human caretaker, actor Ryan Reynolds. Indeed, Wade Wilson (Deadpool’s civilian name) began his latest operation to place himself in the minds of moviegoers sometime ago, but it went into overdrive with a commercial for the teaser trailer during the Big Game in February.

Nevertheless, questions remain as Deadpool’s universe has utterly changed since last we saw him. The separate X-Men universe he resided in ended with Dark Phoenix and his Mutant brethren have yet to make themselves known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For someone who knows he is a fictional character controlled and traded by multinational corporations, Wade must be aware that he’s a Disney character, right? One joke in the teaser confirms it!

Let’s take a look at everything we know about Deadpool & Wolverine and see if we can’t determine how much he really knows about his new state of affairs.

This Time On Deadpool

When we last saw Wade, he lost his beloved Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), joined the X-Men, faced off against Cable (Josh Brolin), managed to fix the timestream, save Vanessa, and erase the Green Lantern film from existence.

And then his film rights returned to Marvel when Disney acquired most of 20th Century Fox in 2019.

Not long after, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige admitted work had begun on developing a third Deadpool film and that it would the company’s first R-rated tale. Devised without too much incident — beyond first and second film writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick replacing the initial team of Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin — it also evaded a lot of the turmoil surrounding Marvel’s production process in the last few years. Even the writer and actor strikes of 2023 couldn’t delay the film too much. It is, in fact, the only Marvel feature scheduled for release this year.

Ryan Reynolds and Leslie Uggams in Deadpool & Wolverine (2024)

(Photo by ©20th Century Studios/©Marvel)

As revealed in the trailer, Wade spent the last several years in relative peace with Vanessa and his friends surrounding him. But then the TVA comes calling, and an agent named Paradox co-opts him into a mission of… Well, we assume it’s important, even if subsequent scenes see Deadpool fighting TVA hunters.

Presumably, finding his place in universes both foreign and familiar will occupy much of Deadpool’s time in the film. The presence of the TVA will confirm for him any nagging suspicion his reality has been altered — although the joke about pegging being new for Disney suggests he’s already aware of that particular change.

Another reason why he proclaims himself “Marvel Jesus.”

His mission will feature a few familiar faces, including the second title character, and even some truly surprising guest characters as the film both says goodbye to the way things used to be and embraces the fact Deadpool’s life will be more Marvel and more Cinematic going forward. It will also be something of a road movie a la Midnight Run or Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Oh, and we suppose it will be the formal introduction of Mutants into the MCU after teases in Ms. Marvel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and The Marvels. Also, we still like to think Deadpool’s introduction to the universe is the incursion Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Clea (Charlize Theron) ran off to fight at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Then again, the presence of the TVA may lead to something else as they attempt to quell whatever issue requires the use of Deadpool.

Where In The World Is Deadpool?

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in Marvel Studios' DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE (2024)

(Photo by ©Marvel Studios)

Thanks to the way Marvel films and the X-Men movies before them operated, Deadpool can go just about anywhere. Deadpool 2 saw Wade squatting in the X-Mansion and heading to the frozen environs of the Ice Box. The first film took place in a metro area that suspiciously resembled Vancouver.

Also, one shot in the trailer featuring the back of a famous Marvel Mutant suggests the crime city of Madripoor will feature in at least one sequence.

But the setting of the film is one of its more interesting puzzles. Thanks to the nature of the Marvel Multiverse, he could still be in the familiar Fox reality of the older X-Men pictures. Then again, he could wake up and sense that something isn’t right. Considering a pretty infamous picture from the set featuring a crumbled 20th Century Fox logo (glimpsed in the teaser), though, he may also pop in between universes as one ends and another begins.

Either way, expect to see the X-Men’s mansion and maybe even the MCU New York before Wade finds a new way to lampoon the Marvel end-credit stinger scene.

Deadpool Characters In Search Of An Author

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in Deadpool 3 (2024)

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As mentioned above, Reynolds resumes his job as Deadpool in the film. But in a stunning move, he will be joined by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The latter previously announced he would retire from the role following 2017’s Logan, but he and Reynolds began a coy game of back-and-forth about that declaration on social media. The posts and retorts culminated when Reynolds posted a video of himself and Jackman to confirm the return.

Subsequent set photos also revealed that, for the first time ever, Jackman will wear a more “accurate” Wolverine costume with the yellow and blue color scheme — a notable change as Jackman’s Wolverine once complained about the X-Men’s all-black attire to hear Cyclops (James Marsden) say, “What would you prefer, yellow spandex?”

Other returning players include Leslie Uggams as Wade’s former roommate, Blind Al; Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, the apathetic and phone-obsessed junior X-Man; Shiori Kutsuna as Yukio, Negasonic’s mutant girlfriend; Karan Soni as faithful taxicab driver Dopinder; Stefan Kapičić as the voice of metallic X-Man Colossus; and Rob Delaney as Peter, the thoroughly human member of Deadpool’s short-lived X-Force team. Also, set photos indicate a version of the Sabretooth from the original 2000 X-Men will appear, but it is unclear if Tyler Mane will reprise the role. After the photo was published, Reynolds took an unusual step and asked fans not to repost paparazzi shots from the set to preserve the film’s secrets. Another blast for the past confirmed by the trailer: Aaron Stanford returns as Pyro, a character he last played in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

Aaron Stanford in Deadpool & Wolverine (2024)

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The cast also goes deeper with reports that Patrick Stewart will make a cameo appearance — at the very least — as Charles Xavier and that Jennifer Garner will once again play Elektra, a Marvel character she previous portrayed in Fox’s Daredevil and Elektra films, though it remains to be seen just how extensive her participation will be. As for Stewart, the profile of a bald head appears in the trailer, but it could be any number of characters or even variants of Professor X. Also, eagle-eyed viewers of the trailer are speculating whether or not Doctor Doom is present in one of the teaser’s many shots of a desert wasteland.

Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen join the ensemble for this installment. Corrin’s character is said to be the principal antagonist while Macfadyen is the face of TVA Agent Paradox. As there are several characters who go by that name in Marvel lore, it is unclear which Paradox he may be inspired by, although some online conjecture is marking him as a trans-dimensional judge who debuted in a run of She-Hulk. Prior to the teaser’s release, Mcdayden’s character was said to be something of a “third wheel” on Deadpool and Wolverine’s journey. Additionally, Reynolds made a big splash in November 2023 by announcing animal actor Peggy will appear as Dogpool.

Those Who Would Create Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy

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After directing Reynolds in Free Guy and The Adam Project, Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy became the actor’s preferred choice to helm the film, taking over from Deadpool 2’s David Leitch and the first film’s Tim Miller. It is an illustrious company of filmmakers, so it will be interesting to see how Levy, who also directed Jackman in 2011’s Real Steel, adapts to the specific challenges of a Deadpool movie and a Marvel production.

Levy also receives a writing credit alongside Marvel Studios veteran Zeb Wells, Reynolds, Wernick, Reese, Molyneux, and Molyneux-Logelin — we can’t wait to see how that credit will look on screen. As it happens, Reynolds’ participation in the story and his tendency to ad-lib caused some concern in the early days of the Writer’s Strike, as guild rules prohibited him from doing anything besides what was written in the extant script pages. Production was delayed and eventually shut down as the actors also went on strike. It resumed in November.

Reynolds and Levy also serve as producers alongside Feige and X-Men film stalwart Simon Kinberg.

Additional crew includes director of photography George Richmond of Free Guy and the two mainline Kingsman films, editor Shane Reid, production designer Ray Chan, costume designers Graham Churchyard and Mayes C. Rubeo, and composer Rob Simonsen. For Reid, the film continues his move to feature film editing after years in shorts and music videos. He also edited 2024’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

When Deadpool Returns

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool & Wolverine (2024)

(Photo by ©20th Century Studios/©Marvel)

Since it was announced, Deadpool & Wolverine has always held a 2024 release, but with the strikes and other calendar shifts, it will now debut on July 26. Wade’s future after that is anyone’s guess. He could end up working at the TVA or embrace oblivion as Marvel Studios sets out to reintroduce the X-Men into its main film universe. Or, maybe, his actions will allow a more recognizable group of Mutants to inhabit the MCU. In any event, we expect his reaction will be hilarious.

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