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‘Deadpool 3’: Release Date Moved Up, Hugh Jackman’s Return & Everything Else We Know

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  • Deadpool 3 has a new release date.
  • There have been rumors that Taylor Swift is going to appear in the movie.
  • Succession star Matthew Macfadyen has joined the cast of the film.

Deadpool 3 is one of the most highly-anticipated upcoming superhero films. Ryan Reynolds is returning as the beloved anti-hero Wade Wilson/Deadpool, who made his on-screen debut back in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool 3 is currently in the works, and Disney has confirmed a brand-new release date for the movie. In a shocking turn, Deadpool 3 will arrive sooner than expected.

Deadpool got his own movie in 2016 which grossed over $782 million at the worldwide box office and was warmly received by critics. The sequel, Deadpool 2, came out two years later and earned over $785 million worldwide with positive critic responses. Both films are rated R and break the fourth wall. Deadpool/Wade Wilson is a former special forces operative-turned-mercenary who takes a serum that gives him mutant genes. Ryan has become synonymous with the Deadpool character. Fans are pumped for the third film, especially because Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine, and the actor has dropped some intriguing teases about Deadpool and Wolverine’s complicated relationship.

There are also rumors that Taylor Swift will make a cameo appearance! Also, it’s the first Deadpool movie to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s everything you need to know about Deadpool 3, including the release date, the cast, and more.

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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool (Photo: Joe Lederer/TM & ©Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Deadpool 3 Release Date

The third Deadpool movie will be released in theaters on May 3, 2024, according to Deadline. The previous release date was November 8, 2024. The original release date was September 6, 2024, but it was delayed. Ryan confirmed that the official title for the superhero flick is Deadpool 3. After its theatrical run, the film is expected to be available to stream on Disney+, which is home to the first two Deadpool movies.

Filming for Deadpool 3 is expected to start in May 2023, according to director Shawn Levy. “On or about. Yep,” Shawn told Collider. “The truth is the more digitally CG-heavy a movie is, the longer time you need in post. But obviously it’s the first Deadpool movie in the MCU. There’s going to be no lack of visual effects. But it’s also a North Star priority for Ryan and I to keep Deadpool raw, gritty, grounded in the ways that those movies have been and that all of us love.”

Deadpool 3 Cast & Crew

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine will lead the cast of Deadpool 3. Leslie Uggams is expected to return as Blind Al, Deadpool’s roommate and BFF. Other cast members who could return for the third film include Josh Brolin as Cable, Zazie Beatz as Domino, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and more. Since this is the first Deadpool movie to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s also a chance we see characters from any of the MCU movies.

Emma Corrin is the latest addition to the cast. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock)

Emma Corrin will also make their MCU debut as one of the film’s villains, but it has yet to be revealed what their character will be. The actor was a hit in their starring role as Princess Diana in the Netflix series The Crown. Ryan tweeted welcoming them to the film franchise. “New addition to the family! The Deadpool family, for clarity. Which is just like a real family except with less swearing… Welcome, Emma Corrin!” he wrote.

Succession star Matthew Macfadyen has also joined the cast of Deadpool 3, according to Deadline. Details about his character are currently unknown. The Emmy winner plays Tom Wambsgans in the hit series Succession, which is currently in the midst of its final season.

There have also been rumors that Taylor Swift, who is good friends with Ryan and his wife Blake Lively, could appear in Deadpool 3. The theories started when fans noticed that Ryan and Hugh’s Deadpool 3 teaser was actually shot in the same house Taylor filmed her All Too Well: The Short FilmRyan told Entertainment Tonight in Nov. 2022 that Taylor won’t be in the movie, but that he would “of course” be open to working with the pop star.

“Are you kidding me? I would do anything for that woman. She’s a genius,” he said. Ryan also confirmed that his entire family is “obsessed” with Taylor’s new album Midnights.

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Ryan Reynolds; Taylor Swift (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock / Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock)

Shawn Levy is directing Deadpool 3. Shawn previously worked with Ryan on Free Guy and The Adam Project. He’s also an executive producer on Netflix’s Stranger ThingsBob’s Burgers screenwriters Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin are writing Deadpool 3 with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first two films.

Is Hugh Jackman Returning As Wolverine In Deadpool 3?

Yes, Hugh is playing Logan/Wolverine again for Deadpool 3. Ryan basically broke the internet when he announced this news on Sept. 27. “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,” Ryan said at the beginning of the social media video. “I’ve had to really search my soul on this one. His first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel special. We need to stay true to the character, find new depth, motivation, meaning.”

Then, Ryan revealed that the Deadpool team decided to bring back Wolverine. “Hey, Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?” he asked as Hugh nonchalantly walked by behind him. “Yeah, sure, Ryan,” Hugh replied.

Hugh first portrayed Wolverine, the Marvel comic book character with Adamantium metal claws, in 2000’s X-Men and went on to portray him in nine films, the last being 2017’s Logan. The beloved character died in Logan (SPOILER ALERT!), but Ryan and Hugh confirmed that Wolverine’s passing isn’t being undone by Deadpool 3. “Logan takes place in 2029. Totally separate thing. Logan died in Logan. Not touching that,” Ryan said in a second video. It’s possible Hugh is playing a different iteration of Logan/Wolverine thanks to the multiverse in the MCU.

Hugh appeared on the Empire Film Podcast in December 2022 and revealed that Deadpool and Wolverine “hate each other” in the third film. “How do I categorize it? Ten being really close, zero being the reality: we’re zero; we’re opposites, hate each other,” the actor explained. “I’m just talking from my perspective. [Logan is] frustrated by him [and] wants to be a million miles away from him or wants to punch him in the head. Unfortunately, he can’t be a million miles away from him in this movie, so I’m probably going to punch him in the head a lot.”

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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (Photo: Ben Rothstein/TM and copyright ©Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

What Will Deadpool 3 Be About?

No plot details have been revealed for Deadpool 3. This will be a game-changing movie for the franchise since it’s now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney acquired 21st Century Fox back in 2019, thus obtaining the rights to the Deadpool and X-Men franchises. That allowed for Patrick Stewart‘s Professor Charles Xavier to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Now, Deadpool exists in the same universe as beloved MCU characters like Elizabeth Olsen‘s Wanda Maximoff, Paul Rudd‘s Ant-Man, Brie Larson‘s Captain Marvel, and more.

Deadpool 3 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick teased the third movie back in 2019 and spoke about how Deadpool will be integrated into the MCU.

“There’s a lot to be sorted out, like how Deadpool fits into the Marvel Universe with the other characters and into the release schedule of the MCU,” Paul told Den of Geek. “Then it’s, do the X-Men get in there at some point? Fantastic Four? There’s a lot to be sorted out and I think we’re all getting a much-needed rest from Deadpool — Ryan and us and everybody.” Rhett added, “The promise is that there will be more Deadpool. He will live in the R-rated universe that we’ve created, and hopefully we’ll be allowed to play a little bit in the MCU sandbox as well and incorporate him into that.”

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