After nearly six years, the end of Fox’s “X-Men” movies and an acquisition by Disney, Deadpool is finally back and making his onscreen debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The first trailer for the long-awaited movie "Deadpool 3" was screened at the 2024 Super Bowl on Sunday and shows the threequel has received an official title, “Deadpool and Wolverine”.
The footage features the Time Variance Authority, the multiverse managers introduced in “Loki” Season 2, kidnap Deadpool while he’s celebrating his birthday and bringing him into the MCU. Calling himself “Marvel Jesus,” the anti-hero promises to bring his R-rated jokes and fourth-wall-breaking antics into Disney’s squeaky-clean slate.
While Wolverine’s face isn’t shown, but he can be seen from behind as Deadpool faces him at the end of the trailer — but only his shadow is shown.
"Deadpool 3" has been in development for years but suffered a setback by the 2019 Disney/Fox merger and further delay by the SAG-AFTRA strike last year.
It was officially confirmed in December 2019 and marks the first Marvel Studios project to use characters now available to it after Disney purchased 21st Century Fox, which gave Marvel access to mutants, including “Deadpool”, “The X-Men”, and “The Fantastic Four”.
The franchise is the top-grossing X-Men movies of all time, with 2016’s "Deadpool" and 2018’s follow-up “Deadpool 2” were huge box office, earning over $1.5 billion worldwide.
The two previous “Deadpool” movies, along with the entire “X-Men” franchise, were owned and released by Fox before the $71.3 billion acquisition.
After the acquisition, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige quickly confirmed the franchise as a keeper for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
“Deadpool 3” will be the first R-rated movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also marks the first Deadpool movie in which Marvel will work hand in hand with Reynolds and Team Deadpool.
Feige’s involvement comes after he helped revamp the Spider-Man franchise when he came on to help in the creative effort for that Sony series.
Shawn Levy is on board to direct with Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese returning to pen the threequel. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin penned a previous draft. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige joins Reynolds and Levy as producers.
Reynolds and Levy previously collaborated on the hit comedy movie "Free Guy" and Netflix's "The Adam Project".
The latest “Deadpool” movie will be a reunion for Reynolds and Jackman, who previously starred together in 2009’s ill-fated “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Now, the threequel will bring Deadpool and Wolverine together — even though the iconic X-Men hero died at the end of 2017’s “Logan”. But characters have a way of returning from the dead in superhero movies, especially with the universe-bending rules of the MCU’s multiverse.
“Deadpool 3” also features Jennifer Garner reprising her role as the sai-wielding superhero Elektra, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Karan Soni as Dopinder, and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen will also star in the upcoming movie.
“Deadpool 3” was originally slated to release in theaters on May 3, 2024, but was delayed, along with many other movies, during the SAG-AFTRA strike. It is now set to hit theatres on July 26.