The news of Hugh Jackman’s return to his role of Logan/Wolverine from X-Men has brought joy among the actor’s fans. Hugh Jackman’s return, though always desired, was also a surprise to many entertainment media reporters and journalists as there were no reported leaks of such a deal between Jackman and Marvel Studios. However, one person was quite aware of it and kept it a secret for a long while.
In a conversation with ComicBook.com, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld revealed that he was aware of Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine long before the announcement. Liefeld revealed he was tipped by an industry insider about Hugh’s meeting with Marvel Studios. Though Liefeld never told the name of his friend, he said that his information has always been accurate. Liefeld also noted that though he had the report, he wasn’t sure when the studio would make the official announcement.
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These performers, maybe they need some time away, but the point is—the day after the Disney meeting, I had an industry friend who has never been wrong and quite powerful in the entertainment business. He calls me and says, “Dude, Hugh is signed on. Wolverine is back. They are doing it. Don’t doubt me. I have it locked. The deal is done. They’re doing it.” I knew when they wanted to film and kind of all that production information and all that information seems to be right on target, but nobody knew when they were going to announce it.
Ryan Reynolds recently announced Deadpool III via a video he shared across his social media channels, ending with Jackman’s surprise reveal where he agrees to play Wolverine again. The film also got a new logo, with Wolverine’s adamantium claws ripping off the Deadpool logo, marking the Roman numeral III on it. In a second video, the duo also digs at fans’ questions about Wolverine’s return after his demise in Logan, leaving fans on a far more urging cliffhanger while making them laugh out loud.
Will Hugh Jackman’s Return Make Way for More X-Men?
Deadpool III will be the first official film that will directly be a continuation of the X-Men series. The film is even titled Deadpool ‘III,’ signifying it as a third installment in the series instead of a reboot. That comes even when the film takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now that Jackman has joined Reynolds in the movie, it’s possible that it can open doors for other mutants to enter the MCU.
Until now, Marvel Studios has confirmed two characters as mutants – Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and Namor. The two characters, however, are not mutants in the comics, and their origins were changed for their respective live-action appearances. Besides, Patrick Stewart has appeared as Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as a variant of his character from the X-Men Series.
It’s still uncertain how mutants will come to the MCU, but Deadpool III, which will have the merc-with-the-mouth breaking the fourth wall, can be the best explanation for mutants’ entry into their new home. Marvel Studios is also developing a new Mutants movie which may take place in the franchise’s Phase Six, but the chances of it kicking off Phase Seven are much higher.
Deadpool III will be released on September 6, 2024. The release date suggests that Deadpool III will start MCU’s Phase Six as it will be released before Fantastic Four which is slated to release in November that same year.