Hugh Jackman Ready To Come Back As Wolverine In Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 3 Movie?
Reynolds and Jackman have been teasing each other on social media, promoting their faux feud for years. But in reality, the two celebrities are good friends.
According to the Free Guy actor, he has been asking the Les Miserables star to join him in his superhero movie. After over five years, Jackman eventually gave in to Reynolds' nudging.
"I've been asking him to do it for six straight years," the Just Friends star told Entertainment Tonight.
"It was ultimately Hugh that said, 'I think I am ready to come back,'" Reynolds said. "All we had to do was sell it to [Marvel Studios co-president] Kevin Feige, which didn't take long."
The Greatest Showman actor once said he was done playing Logan, a.k.a Wolverine, in his 2017 film Logan. However, he had a change of heart five years later.
"A little part of me now thinks I'd be better at it," Jackman told Variety in October 2022. "Is that arrogance of age or something? Wolverine's a tortured character — more tortured than me. But I always get the feeling of him being comfortable in his own skin. And I feel more comfortable in my own skin now, even though it's messier."
What Are The Challenges In Adding Hugh Jackman As Wolverine In Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 3?
Although the Marvel Studios co-president was very welcoming of Jackman as Wolverine, Feige had to cut through some red tape. After all, X-Men hasn't been introduced to Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The Avengers live in Disney-owned MCU, produced by Marvel Studios, while the mutants previously lived in 20th Century Fox's X-Men universe.
However, since Disney owns Fox, it will be easy to merge both universes. Deadpool can now exist alongside the Avengers.
"It's not like adding Hugh Jackman to a movie like this is a hard sell. It's an immediate and emphatic, unqualified yes," Reynolds told Collider about the challenges in adding Wolverine to his film. "It's a lot of moving parts and Fox and X-Men and all that kind of stuff that Marvel needs to sort through. A lot of red tape in order to make that happen. And they did it."
Reynolds is happy about Jackman joining him in Deadpool 3, admitting that working with the Deception actor is a dream come true for him.
"And I'm really grateful that they did it, because for me, working with Hugh is a dream come true. But working with Logan and having Logan and Wade together in a movie is beyond any dream I would ever be audacious enough to have. So I'm really, really super f–king excited to do this film."
Deadpool 3 is written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Shawn Levy. It will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2024.
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