It’s pretty hard to one-up cinematic superhero spectacle in today’s day and age — but it now appears that Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s upcoming Deadpool 3 teamup is set to be one of the most exciting announcements yet, and Reynolds has a few things to say about it.
Five years after Jackman’s last Wolverine role in James Mangold’s Logan, Collider’s Steve Weintraub picked Reynolds’ brain for insights on his upcoming Apple TV+ musical, Spirited, and the complex studio machinations that have now resulted in an epic crossover with big implications for the future of two Marvel icons.
As film characters, both Wade Wilson and James H. Logan go way back — first clashing in the very comic-inaccurate X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Nearly thirteen years later, things seem pretty different, with the explosion of the greater Marvel Universe, multiple films starring both characters, and even an emotional farewell in the aforementioned Logan.
So, how did Jackman end up returning this time around? While Reynolds shrugs off responsibility for the reunion, he definitely admits he had a part in it:
“I think you’re giving me too much credit,” said Reynolds to Collider, adding, “I don’t believe that I’m responsible for Hugh coming back. I always wanted Hugh to come back. My first meeting with Kevin Feige when Disney bought Fox years ago, maybe three years ago, or three and a half, four years ago, I’m not sure, was about doing a movie with the two of us, a Deadpool Wolverine movie. And that was not possible at the time. And then Hugh just happened to call at that perfect moment and express that he’d be interested in coming back and doing this one more time.”
Reynolds also shared how his personal feelings were about the upcoming team up — a state he describes as ‘really, really super fucking excited.’
“It’s not like adding Hugh Jackman to a movie like this is a hard sell,” he continued. “It’s an immediate and emphatic, unqualified yes. It’s a lot of moving parts and Fox and X-Men and all that kind of stuff that Marvel needs to sort through. A lot of red tapes in order to make that happen. And they did it. And I’m really grateful that they did it because for me, working with Hugh is a dream come true.
But working with Logan and having Logan and Wade together in a movie is beyond any dream I would ever be audacious enough to have.”
Reynolds decided to let Jackman eventually discuss the specific terms of his conversation with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. “I’ll let Hugh answer that on his own. But he expressed interest in coming back, and then it was my job to take that to Kevin Feige one more time and sell it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 46-year-old actor also sidestepped discussions on the film’s upcoming filming schedule, which is rumored to start in April next year, before a slated November 8, 2024 release.
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