Everything we know about Deadpool & Wolverine as new trailer lands

The Merc with a Mouth’s third outing promises to be his biggest yet

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool & Wolverine
Ryan Reynolds is back in Deadpool & Wolverine. (Marvel Studios)

Hugh Jackman is back, and he’s ready to carve himself a new legacy as Wolverine in Deadpool & Wolverine — previously known as Deadpool 3. The X-Men alumni is teaming up with Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson for the upcoming threequel, as the Merc With a Mouth is finally ready to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Following Tim Miller’s Deadpool in 2016 and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 in 2018, it’s all change once again with Free Guy’s Shawn Levy taking the reins as director.

With Disney having bought the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in 2019, Deadpool 3 marks a milestone moment for mutants in the MCU — being the first movie to officially include those gifted youngsters.

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Here’s everything we know about the Deadpool & Wolverine release date, cast, plot, and more.

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool & Wolverine
The long-awaited threequel will arrive in UK cinemas in July. (Marvel Studios)

Deadpool & Wolverine is scheduled to hit cinemas on Thursday, 25 July, following numerous delays caused by the Hollywood strikes. It will later be available to stream on Disney+.

The walkouts caused several other Marvel films, like Thunderbolts, Blade and Captain America: Brave New World, to be pushed from their previous debut dates.

Filming began in May 2023 in Vancouver, Canada and wrapped in January 2024. The end of the shoot was confirmed by Reynolds via a social media post thanking everyone involved for the experience.

As we already know, the movie will bring Deadpool into the MCU. We know there are more mystery projects lined in Phase 6, and while we’re hopeful for an X-Men reboot, it’s more likely Deadpool & Wolverine will pave the way for them.

Yes. The official trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine was released online in April. It shows Deadpool recruiting a down on his luck Wolverine to help him save the world, but be warned: It’s not safe for kids.

The first teaser trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine was released during the 2024 Super Bowl, where it revealed the film’s official title, as well as a hint at the plot which sees Wade Wilson being brought into custody by the TVA (Time Variance Authority), the fictional organisation that keeps the Marvel timeline in check, first introduced in Loki.

Watch the trailer below.

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from Deadpool & Wolverine
The film is the first Deadpool installment since 2018. (Marvel Studios)

The clue is in the name of Deadpool & Wolverine, but front and centre is Reynolds as the titular Deadpool. He’s sharing top billing with Hugh Jackman, who confirmed his surprise return in a viral announcement in 2022.

Also joining the cast of Deadpool & Wolverine is Jennifer Garner who will reprise the role of Elektra, the Marvel superhero she played in 2003’s Daredevil, and her own 2005 spin-off.

Other new additions include Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen and The Crown star Emma Corrin, who plays telepathic villain Cassandra Nova.

Matthew Macfadyen wearing a suit in scene from Deadpool & Wolverine
Succession star Matthew Macfadyen appears in the blockbuster. (Marvel Studios)

Original Deadpool stars Karan Soni, who played taxi driver Dopinder, and Leslie Uggams, who played Blind Al, have both been confirmed to return. Other familiar faces back for the third film include Morena Baccarin as Wade’s girlfriend Vanessa, and Serbian actor Stefan Kapicic as the metal Colossus.

Brianna Hildebrand will return to the Deadpool-verse as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, with Deadpool 2’s Yukio AKA Shioli Kutsuna also coming back for more.

Speaking of Deadpool 2, Rob Delaney’s fan-favourite Peter AKA Sugar Bear is also set to see more action in the third film. Despite meeting a grizzly end after his inaugural X-Force mission, he was later resurrected by Wade towards the end of the movie.

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from Deadpool & Wolverine
A host of familiar faces are returning for Deadpool & Wolverine. (Marvel Studios)

Another big-name star who’s heavily rumoured to be appearing in Deadpool & Wolverine is singer Taylor Swift. Hot off the huge success of her Eras Tour movie release, some outlets are convinced Swift will appear as Dazzler, a mutant with the ability to transform sound into intense light beams.

Chatter was so strong, director Levy was eventually forced to respond — but played coy on giving away any concrete details. “[The rumours] sure are loud. I’m going across the board. ‘No comment’ because that’s a double whammy,” said Levy.

“That’s Taylor-related. And it’s MCU-related. I’m no dummy. You’re going to have to wait and see.”

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from Deadpool & Wolverine
The Merc With a Mouth is finally ready to join the MCU. (Marvel Studios)

The official synopsis for Deadpool & Wolverine reads: “Wolverine is recovering from his injuries when he crosses paths with the loudmouth, Deadpool. They team up to defeat a common enemy.”

But the big question on everyone’s lips is what brings Deadpool and Wolverine together again? Deadpool 2 ended with “our” Wade Wilson using Cable’s repaired time travel device to kill the version of Deadpool he famously played in 2009’s panned X-Men: Origins: Wolverine.

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Then again, X-Men: The Last Stand erased most of the original timeline anyway, which gives the writers an easy get-out-of-jail-free card to place Deadpool & Wolverine in whatever capacity they want.

Jackman has teased a different Wolverine who will be “angrier” than before, but just exactly which Wolverine is this?

Even though fans are questioning how Deadpool will join the main canon of the MCU’s Earth-616, movies including Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have already proved this possible. Added to this, Jonathan Majors played a Kang the Conqueror version of Loki’s He Who Remains for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Reynolds has indicated that the trilogy closer won’t be set after the events of James Mangold’s Logan. Given that Logan ended with the death of the character’s grizzled future, as well as Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier (again), and being set in a reality where Professor X accidentally killed an unknown number of the X-Men, that might be for the best.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan. (20th Century Fox)

“Logan takes place in 2029. Totally separate thing,” Reynolds said. “Logan died in Logan. Not touching that.”

Jackman, meanwhile, has confirmed that Deadpool & Wolverine won’t mess with any of his previous lore. “It’s all because of this device they have in the Marvel world of moving around timelines,” he told SiriusXM, in reference to the multiverse.

“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.”

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from Deadpool & Wolverine
Deadpool & Wolverine was directed by Shawn Levy. (Marvel Studios)

We also know the film will be a suitably bloody affair. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick explained to Den of Geek how Deadpool will “live in the R-rated universe that we’ve created”, while MCU boss Kevin Feige championed Deadpool as “a very different type of character in the MCU."

Shortly after filming wrapped, X-Men: First Class filmmaker Matthew Vaughn suggested that Deadpool & Wolverine could be the “jolt” the MCU needs to bring it back to life at the box office. “I think Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are about to save the whole Marvel Universe,” he added.

Bold claims. Only time will tell if he’s right — but even then, the twists and turns don't stop. During an interview in April 2024, director Levy suggested that Deadpool & Wolverine isn’t really Deadpool 3.

“It’s the third Deadpool movie, but it’s not Deadpool 3. It’s a different thing that’s very much Deadpool and Wolverine. And it’s not trying to copycat anything from the first two movies," says Levy. “They were awesome, but this is a two-hander character adventure.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 11: Shawn Levy speaks onstage at the Walt Disney Studios Presentation during CinemaCon 2024 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
Director Shawn Levy has assured fans no homework is needed to enjoy Deadpool & Wolverine. (WireImage)

If all of this sounds a little too much like homework then fear not. Levy has assured fans that no prior knowledge of the Marvel timeline or Wolverine’s previous movie appearances is necessary to enjoy his new movie.

“I was a good student in school. I’ll do my homework as an adult. But I am definitely not looking to do homework when I go to the movies...” said Levy in April. “This movie is built for entertainment, with no obligation to come prepared with prior research.”

As for all the rumours surrounding the sequel, the filmmaker suggested that sometimes ignorance is bliss: “The rumours around this movie are overwhelming,” said Levy, adding “The movie is built for audience delight... I think that (they’re) in for a very fun ride.”

Deadpool 3 will be released in UK cinemas on Thursday, 25 July