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Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool & Wolverine' (2024) | Image: Disney

Deadpool & Wolverine: Release Date, Cast, Trailer Confirmed

Disney has confirmed it: Deadpool 3 is coming and he’s bringing friends. The upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine is set to release on July 26, 2024, giving us a first taste of the sword-wielding superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Not only is this a big deal for Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman and the legion of Deadpool fans, but also for Disney.

Up until now, the company has largely held strong to its family-friendly image, keeping its movies to a mature audience rating (M in Australia) at most. But with the Deadpool franchise’s financial and critical successes, there was no way Disney could refuse fans a third Deadpool movie. So, what should we expect to see from Deadpool 3? Read on for everything we know about the long-awaited movie sequel.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman on the set of 'Deadpool 3' (2023) | Image: Ryan Reynolds/Instagram
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman on the set of ‘Deadpool 3’ (2023) | Image: Ryan Reynolds/Instagram

Deadpool 3 Release Date

Deadpool & Wolverine, the third film in the franchise has a release date of July 26, 2024. The movie has been in production for some time, with recent set leaks confirming that production was still ongoing as late as this year. The recent SAG-AFTRA strikes and WGA strikes did impact the production schedule, however, the release date marks only a slight delay from the original predictions. Importantly, Deadpool & Wolverine remains the only MCU cinema release in 2024, a massive change compared to what we’ve seen under Marvel boss Kevin Feige in recent years.

Deadpool 3 Projected Plot

While Marvel has yet to fully confirm the Deadpool 3 plot, a recent trailer debut at the Super Bowl did reveal some key points about the film. Namely, it will mark a strong departure from the previous films. In the first look teaser, the sword-wielding star states that we all “deserve a happy ending”, however, before he can elaborate, he is confronted with a series of goons armed with batons.

The quick-witted Wade Wilson cooly responds ‘Is that supposed to be scary? Pegging isn’t new to me friendo, but it is for Disney’, before giving a trademark fourth wall-breaking look down the camera barrel. From there, a mob of TVA agents kidnap our hero and personally invite him into the MCU, courtesy of a time door provided by the Time Variance Authority. Once on the other side, he meets up with Matthew Macfadyen’s Paradox, who has a secretive mission for him, giving him a chance to be “a hero among heroes”.

As the title would suggest, the new film does introduce Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine to the mix. The clawed X-Man spectacularly leaps back into the MCU in the final seconds of the trailer, confirming his traditional yellow suit, as per the initial leaks a few months back.

In terms of the plot itself, Reynolds has already discussed his desire to “go in a completely different direction” with the character in a third film, and joining the MCU certainly confirms this. With all the Marvel superheroes owned by other studios, Deadpool is probably the best character to make this transition.

Due to the character’s meta-nature, Reynolds and co. can freely reference the whole situation on screen. We can practically hear Deadpool talking to audiences, telling audiences “Those last two movies? You don’t have to worry about those. Just sit back, relax, and watch me play with all of the Avengers”. As for the tone of the character, and whether he’ll be Disney-fied to fit in with the rest of the MCU, Feige has already stated that the third film “will be rated R.” Fiege went on to admit that “There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”.

Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool 2' (2018) | Image: Disney
Ryan Reynolds in ‘Deadpool 2’ (2018) | Image: Disney

Deadpool 3 Cast

The Deadpool & Wolverine cast has now been set. Below, you’ll find all of the confirmed actors set to play a role in the new film:

  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  • Hugh Jackman – Wolverine
  • Matthew Macfadyen – Paradox
  • Emma Corrin – Cassandra Nova
  • Rob Delaney – Peter
  • Leslie Uggams – Blind Al
  • Morena Baccarin – Vanessa
  • Stefan Kapičić – Colossus
  • Brianna Hildebrand – Negasonic Teenage Warhead
  • Shioli Kutsuna – Yukio
  • Lewis Tan – Shatterstar
  • Morena Baccarin – Vanessa
  • Karan Soni – Dopinder
  • Aaron Stanford – Pyro

Potential Character Cameos

If Deadpool & Wolverine were to lead on from the previous movies, what could we expect to see from the anti-hero and friends? Well, in the post-credits of Deadpool 2, we saw the Regenerating Degenerate (Deadpool) with a fixed time travelling device from Josh Brolin’s Cable, allowing him to save Vanessa from her death. While we think this scene was added on for a laugh (we also saw Deadpool kill Ryan Reynolds before the actor could become DC’s Green Lantern) there’s no ruling out anything.

We’ve also seen hints throughout the Deadpool franchise towards big-time X-men baddie Mister Sinister (with a name like that you just know he’s trouble). Sinister is known for his cloning and genetic engineering, in the hopes of creating a superior mutant race. Could we see Deadpool go to Mister Sinister to cure his cancers and mutations, for a simple life with Vanessa, à la Shrek 2? Only to be pulled back into the fight by a friend in need? Maybe Dopinder goes to Mister Sinister for enhancements, only to get himself into trouble. We could certainly see the story going this way.

Where Will Deadpool & Wolverine Stream?

As with all recent Disney releases, Deadpool & Wolverine will premiere on the big screen, hitting cinemas on 26 July 2024. After an initial run, the film will likely follow the Mulan or Disney Pixar’s Soul streaming strategy, moving quickly to Disney+ for streaming.

For Mulan, users were charged a fee on top of their subscription fee to watch the movie, whereas for Soul users could watch the movie for free as part of the Disney+ subscription. We hope for the latter if it comes to streaming, but we also hope that we get the chance to see the sequel on the big screen, in all its gory glory.

Deadpool 3 FAQs

Is Deadpool 3 coming out?

Deadpool 3, otherwise known as ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ will release on July 26, 2024. It marks the continuation of the Deadpool storyline, introducing the loudmouth superhero to the MCU.

Is Vanessa alive in Deadpool 3?

While we saw Vanessa being saved in the post credit scene of Deadpool 2, we can’t say for sure if the scene is to be considered canon or not.