(Deadpool 3) After nearly six years, the end of Fox's “X-Men” films, and an acquisition by Disney, Deadpool is finally back – and he's arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first trailer for “Deadpool and Wolverine” premiered at the 2024 Super Bowl on Sunday.
Ryan Reynolds' Merc With a Mouth isn't just back, he's also bringing along Hugh Jackman's Wolverine – whom fans last saw dying in the 2017 farewell film, “Logan”.
The trailer shows the Time Variance Authority, the multiverse managers last seen in Season 2 of “Loki”, kidnapping Deadpool as he celebrates his birthday and bringing him into the MCU. Calling himself the “Marvel Jesus”, Deadpool promises to bring his uncensored jokes and fourth-wall-breaking antics to Disney's squeaky-clean brand. Wolverine's face isn't shown, but he can be seen from behind, and Deadpool confronts him at the end of the trailer – but only his shadow is shown.
The production of “Deadpool 3” was halted for four months due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, pushing its release from May 3rd to July 26th.
The first “Deadpool” followed the anti-hero on a quest for revenge against Ajax (Ed Skrein), the man who turned him into a mutant and left him disfigured. The second instalment focused on Deadpool assembling the X-Force team to battle the time-travelling soldier Cable (Josh Brolin).
When it was released in 2018, “Deadpool 2” broke records, grossing $18.6 million in the US box office. Two years prior, “Deadpool” saw similar success, debuting domestically with $132.4 million, a record for an R-rated film.
As for what the audience can expect from the film next year, “Deadpool 3” director Shawn Levy penned an essay for Esquire, revealing that he included a homage to the “Star Wars” franchise in the upcoming film.
“In a key scene of the film, I told my stunt and action team: ‘Guys, this is the Jedi moment.' I took that scene of Vader and Luke on my phone and restudied how it was shot, how it was blocked, the framing, the pacing,” wrote Levy. “The avid ‘Star Wars' fan will see in my ‘Deadpool' film the scene that was inspired by a moment I saw in the cinema decades ago. That's a memory forever. And that's a treasure.”
“The experience I'm currently having with Marvel on ‘Deadpool' is showing me firsthand that it's truly possible to feel empowered and personal while making a film within a universe that's bigger than any one film,” he continued. “My ‘Deadpool' film is becoming exactly what Ryan [Reynolds] and I hoped for when we started.”
With all this in mind, it's safe to say that “Deadpool 3” promises to be a rollercoaster of action, humour, and nerd references, all wrapped up in Deadpool's signature package. We can't wait to see how this meeting between the Merc With a Mouth and the Wolverine unfolds on the big screen. Strap in, because the fun is just getting started!
Watch the trailer below.