Five years after his character died on screen, Hugh Jackman returns to the role of Wolverine in “Deadpool 3” which is currently in the works ahead of filming in May and a release late in 2024.
James Mangold’s “Logan” was widely promoted and sold on the fact it would feature Jackman’s final performance as the X-Men character a full seventeen years after he first started playing it in 2000’s “X-Men”.
So how does he reconcile that with hopping back into the character in the new film, and what does that do to the continuity? Jackman recently spoke with SiriusXM and confirmed the events of “Logan” very much remain intact, rather its Marvel’s shift to embracing multiverse storytelling that has allowed for this opportunity.
Speaking with the show hosts, he revealed that Ryan Reynolds had been trying to get him involved in Deadpool for years, and Jackman had always said no. Then on August 14th this year and an idea came to him. He called Reynolds and said he was in.
Reynolds told him he was meeting Marvel’s Kevin Feige that afternoon to talk about “Deadpool 3” and asked him if he was 100% sure. Jackman says he was, the meeting took place and in a matter of weeks came the announcement. Explaining his return, Jackman says:
“It’s all because of this device they have in the Marvel world of moving around timelines. Now we can go back because, you know, it’s science. So, I don’t have to screw with the ‘Logan’ timeline, which was important to me. And I think probably to the fans too.”
He also says he saw the first “Deadpool” movie after he announced “Logan” was his last film as Wolverine, and quickly realised his mistake:
“I was 20 minutes in, and I was like, ‘Curses’. All I could see was Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in ’48 Hrs.’ I was like… this is something we haven’t done with the character. That’s kind of dynamic we haven’t had before. But then I just put it aside, and I’m like: ‘I’m done’.”
The remarks seem to make it clear Jackman will portray a new Wolverine from somewhere else in the multiverse as opposed to one we’re already familiar with. “Logan” helmer James Mangold has already given the film his blessing.
“Deadpool 3” is scheduled to debut in cinemas on November 8th 2024.