Marvel Studios broke the internet on Tuesday by revealing the return of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in a big way. Jackman joined Ryan Reynolds in a video ad shot by Dead Pool 3 director Shawn Levy, which was then shared on Reynolds’ social media accounts on Tuesday afternoon, setting the internet on fire soon after. When virtually the entire internet didn’t find out about Jackman’s return until Tuesday, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld was tipped off.
Speaking to ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis, Liefeld says he was told by an “industry friend” that Jackman had signed a deal to reprise his role as Wolverine long before the announcement, officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the events of Dead Pool 3 in 2024.
“These artists might need a little time, but the thing is, the day after the Disney meeting, I had an industry friend who was never wrong and was pretty powerful in the entertainment business. He calls me and says, ‘Man, Hugh is signed. Wolverine is back. They’re doing it. Don’t doubt me. I locked it. The deal is done. They do,” Liefeld says. “I knew when they wanted to film and kind of all that production info and all that info seemed to be right, but nobody knew when they were going to announce it.”
Marvel Studios originally had an open date in February 2024, which was moved to September earlier this month. At the time, many suspected the Reynolds-led trio would drop on that date — and those people were right.
Are more X-Men on the way?
So far, Dead Pool 3 is the only X-Men-adjacent dated film on Marvel Studios’ release slate. There have been rumors like a real x-men movie in the works, but nothing has been officially announced outside of Dead Pool 3 and Disney+ entertainment X-Men ’97 series. As it stands, 2023 and 2024 are sold out between Marvel movies and TV shows and 2025 is filling up fast. At the current rate, it’s likely Marvel’s X-Men reboot won’t drop until 2026 at the earliest.
Dead Pool 3 is scheduled for September 6, 2024.
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