Ryan Reynolds has broken the internet with his Deadpool 3 announcement confirming Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will return, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the surprising news has sent shockwaves to the Marvel fandom, it also prompted Logan director James Mangold’s response.
What seemed like another innocent ad for Reynolds’ gin brand turned out to be an update on Deadpool 3. In the video, Reynolds initially acknowledges the disappointment that followed at D23 since many expected breadcrumbs on the third installment. But the wait was worth it as the closing notes from the Deadpool star confirm the X-men actor’s return, “Hey, Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?” to which Jackman replies “Yeah, sure Ryan,” The announcement clip ends with the Deadpool logo being slashed by Wolverine’s adamantium claws with Marvel Studios on top.
Mangold had an interesting response to the news, sharing a GIF of Logan being pinned to a tree by X-24, the act that kills him in the 2017’s blockbuster. The cryptic tweet initially led many to jump to conclusions that the director was not in support of the decision but the Ford v Ferrari helmer was quick to clarify in a follow-up assuring fans assuring any creative choice by the Deadpool 3 team with Wolverine will not erase Logan. Readers can check out his response and the fandom’s reaction below.
Hard keeping my mouth sewn shut about this one. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/OdV7JmAkEu
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 27, 2022
— Mangold (@mang0ld) September 27, 2022
Oh my gosh! Everybody chill. Just kidding! I’m all good! LOGAN will always be there. Multiverse or prequel, time warp or worm hole, canon or non-canon or even without a rationale, I cannot wait to see what maddness my dear friends @VancityReynolds and @RealHughJackman cook up! pic.twitter.com/qaCG4Z39x4
— Mangold (@mang0ld) September 28, 2022
Knowing how Deadpool movies retool characters to be more comic booky, we MIGHT see the Wolverine suit. pic.twitter.com/BRCBaazjc8
— 💥🌟Beanman🌟💥 (@beanzaru) September 28, 2022
The fact that Hugh Jackman is coming back as Logan in possibly the same year that the Wolverine game comes out is crazy. Wolverine fans eating good
— 🕷 Spida T🕷 (@spidathomas) September 27, 2022
It so Crazy because Tobey Maguire & Hugh Jackman are official apart MCU Now!! pic.twitter.com/JRQhkFgDAN
— Tobey Maguire GIFs & Pic (@TobeyGifs) September 27, 2022
Deadpool said he would get Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine and he delivered 😂🙏 pic.twitter.com/0Bu87fQMit
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) September 27, 2022
HUGH JACKMAN IS COMING BACK FOR DEADPOOL 3 OH MY GOD!!! pic.twitter.com/oEMVVBJXCv
— Matt Ramos (@therealsupes) September 27, 2022
Me: the MCU is kinda boring now and I’m losing interest
*Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine in Deadpool 3*
Also me: Maybe the MCU isn’t all bad
— Ollie 🏹 (@TheQuiver_) September 27, 2022
Hugh Jackman, Tobey Maguire and RDJ in Secret Wars pic.twitter.com/ZkVDCM4ik8
— NotACritic (@IAmNotACritic) September 27, 2022
— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) September 27, 2022
Warner Bros. can’t stop stepping on rakes with their superhero films. Meanwhile Kevin Feige somehow got Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine again for the MCU.
— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) September 27, 2022
I’m telling you RIGHT FUCKING NOW.
If this means Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is in Secret Wars.
And TOBEY MAGUIRES Spider-Man is in Secret Wars.
I will never ever ever ever be ok
— Big Screen Berkan (@BigScreenBerkan) September 27, 2022
Hugh Jackman: I’m done playing Wolverine.
Also Hugh Jackman: pic.twitter.com/bZlANahNSN
— Public Enemies Podcast (@TheEnemiesPE3) September 28, 2022
HUGH JACKMAN IS BACK AS WOLVERINE ONE MORE TIME FOR DEADPOOL 3 WE WON https://t.co/Ksn83oAYOS
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) September 27, 2022
Marvel Studios recently hinted at Wolverine’s existence in the MCU through She-Hulk. It left the fandom speculating if Radcliffe could take over the role if Jackman was out. But PursueNews pointed out the possibility of Fox’s contractual obligation (which transferred to Disney and remains in effect until 2023) potentially influencing Marvel to pursue the original live-action X-Men characters.
It will be interesting to see which route Marvel chief Kevin Feige chooses, could Jackman play the same Wolverine that’s presumed to be dead after the events of Logan? Or will this be another version from the multiverse, like Reed Richards from Earth-616? In any case, Mangold has given his blessing to Reynolds and director Shawn Levy to pursue this crossover. But fans are already busy speculating if this confirms Jackman’s Wolverine involvement in Secret Wars.
Deadpool 3 starring Reynolds as Wade Wilson with Jackson’s Wolverine will hit theaters on September 2024
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