Ryan Reynolds Couldn’t Be More “X Cited” For Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Return At Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3. Last week, Reynolds announced the Logan star came out X-Men retired with a video posted to social media revealing a September 6, 2024 release date. “Hey, Hugh. Want to play Wolverine again?” Reynolds asked in the viral video that has since been viewed nearly 40 million times. “Yes. Sure, Ryan,” replied Jackman, who retired the character in 2017 after killing the metal-clawed mutant over nine years. X-Men movies since 2000.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Reynolds said in an interview for… Forbes. “I mean, mostly to do it this way. Ultimately, I’m working with some of my best friends in the world and that doesn’t happen every day in this company.”
Reynolds, who played opposite Jackman in 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverinereunites with his free man and The Adam Project director Shawn Levy in the threequel produced by Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios.
“I’m excited and I’ve been on those few teasers for a few weeks now,” Reynolds said of Wolverine’s reveal video and a subsequent explanation with Jackman about how Wolverine lives. “It’s one of those moments when you hit send or a tweet or a message — your hand trembles when you’re messing with the zeitgeist in such a way.”
Collaborating with Jackman and Levy on Deadpool 3 was “amazing,” Reynolds added. “However, I feel the same as the fans. I feel just as excited that this character is coming back for another ride, especially in this context. I think it’s something that people have wanted for a long time, to get this pairing on the big screen, and that’s what we want to do.”
Although Reynolds appeared as a member of Team X in Origin – the wisecracking Wade Wilson had his mouth sewn shut and became the mutant killer Weapon XI – he wouldn’t play a more comedic version of the character until 2016 Deadpool and 2018’s Deadpool 2.
Earlier this year, Reynolds revealed that – before Disney’s 2019 acquisition of Deadpool studio fox — Deadpool 3 was conceived as a rashomonstyle road trip buddy comedy with Wade and Logan. It’s unclear if that’s still the plan with Feige producing for Disney’s Marvel Studios.
“Wouldn’t we just see them driving across America? Wouldn’t we just see them walking through a mall?’ Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld told Phase Zero of ComicBook podcast about a Deadpool-Wolverine road trip. “They both have a healing factor. I can see a one-time healing factor. I can see a one-time healing factor where the two decapitate each other and regrow limbs. Or at the very least, Wolverine cuts generous chunks of Deadpool.”
Of Reynolds’ censored video with Jackman, Liefeld added, “You saw what they did when they re-enacted the katanas. They give us the memes. I thought, ‘How many times have they rehearsed that? Did they get that? in one sitting? Twice?'”
Marvel’s Deadpool 3 is set to hit theaters on September 6, 2024.
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