Not only is Deadpool 3 happening, but it’s happening in the MCU continuity. The foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking, frequently blood-soaked mutant is joining the same universe as Captain America and Tony Stark. Now that’s a multiverse. With all that in mind, the Deadpool 3 release date can’t come soon enough.
Deadpool’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut means watching the Marvel movies in order (and X-Men movies in order) is about to get even more confusing as two universes collide. But put all that aside for one second: Deadpool has always embraced chaos, and with the return of Wolverine, we’re hoping it’s one of the best movies from the comic book world since… well, Deadpool 2. Here’s what we know so far, and we didn’t even need Cerebro’s help.
When is the Deadpool 3 release date?
Deadpool 3’s new release date is Friday, July 26, 2024.
This is two and a half months after its earlier plans to release in May 2024. Previous to the May release date, Deadpool 3 had also been scheduled for September 2024 and then November 2024. All the uncertainty was, in large part, due to the 2023 writers strike and actors strike.
However with the strikes now having come to an end, and filming now resuming to finish off the new movie, we’re expecting the July release date to stick. That’s barely half a year away too, so there’s plenty of reason to still be excited despite the slight delay from May.
Who’s in the Deadpool 3 cast?
Marvel veterans Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman will lead the Deadpool 3 cast as Wade Wilson and Wolverine, supported by MCU newcomers like Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen as well as familiar faces in cameo roles.
Reynolds announced Jackman’s return on September 27, 2022. This comes despite his death in one of modern cinema’s best Westerns, Logan, so Deadpool 3 will likely take place in a different continuity.
Morena Baccarin will be back as Wade’s love interest, Vanessa, and Reynolds has also teased that he’ll be working with Leslie Uggams, who plays Deadpool’s landlord/carer, Blind Al, so we can probably expect her to return. Meanwhile, Owen Wilson hinted that Mobius M. Mobius will be a part of the Deadpool 3 cast, too, so we’ll be intrigued to see where Loki season 2 leaves one of our favorite MCU characters.
The most recent name to join the cast is Jennifer Garner. On July 7, 2023, it was reported that she’ll be reprising her role of Elektra for the first time since 2005.
There are many more rumored faces and whispers about Marvel villains, but more on that can be found below.
Most important, however, is the addition of Dogpool, a Deadpool Corps member who was used in animal testing for mascara. Reynolds gave us our first look at his furry castmate on November 9, 2023.
Here’s the expected Deadpool 3 cast list:
- Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool
- Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
- Jennifer Garner as Elektra
- Morena Baccarin as Vanessa
- Leslie Uggams as Blind Al
- Stefan Kapicic as Colossus
- Rob Delaney as Peter
- Karan Soni as Dopinder
- Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
- Shioli Katsuna as Yukio
- Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius
- Emma Corrin as an unnamed villain
- Matthew Macfadyen as an unnamed character
- Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth
Deadpool 3 fan rumors and speculation
Dafne Keen, Ben Affleck, and Brian Cox are rumored to be back as Laura Kinney, Daredevil, and Stryker for Deadpool 3, as well as a Taylor Swift appearance!
On September 10, 2023, @CanWeGetToast claimed on X, “Sources have newly confirmed that Marvel went into negotiations with Dafne Keen right before the strikes started to bring her back as a grown-up Laura Kinney/X23 in Deadpool3.”
“They anticipated the strikes and are hoping schedules line up once the studios pay actors and writers fairly. This lines up with Shawn Levy saying Deadpool 3 was halfway through filming. It’s not a significant role, expect it more to be a cameo.” This is unsubstantiated.
We have mixed feelings. Logan is one of the best superhero movies and ended with legitimate closure, something most franchise films are allergic to. That being said, Keen was perfectly cast and we would love to see her get another big opportunity.
In big news for Swifties, rumors have been flying that Taylor Swift may be making an appearance. The music artist was spotted hanging out with Reynolds, Jackman, and Levy at an NFL game in October 2023.
Levy chose to plead the fifth and remain tight-lipped. He told The Wrap: “That’s a double whammy. That’s Taylor-related. And it’s MCU-related. I’m no dummy. You’re going to have to wait and see.”
She could be Dazzler, a mutant who was conceived between Marvel Comics and Casablanca Records. The blue-eyed, blonde-haired pop star character would certainly make sense for her.
What will Deadpool 3 be about?
According to Ryan Reynolds, the Deadpool 3 plot will focus on a road trip with Deadpool and Logan, which means it will include some kind of multiverse hijinks.
On the Empire Film Podcast, Jackman said Deadpool and Logan are “opposites, hate each other.” He added, “[Wolverine is] frustrated by [Deadpool], wants to be a million miles away from him or wants to punch him in the head.
Unfortunately, he can’t be a million miles away from him in this movie, so I’m probably going to punch him in the head a lot.” Sounds like Wade lands where he’s not meant to, and ropes Logan in to help with whatever mess he makes.
There are also reports (corroborated by leaked images from the set) that Deadpool 3 will adapt the Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe storyline and have Reynold’s regeneratin’ degenerate murdering his way through Fox’s old Marvel universe. So watch out, Affleck’s Daredevil and Fant4stic 4; Deadpool may be after you.
In terms of big villains, Emma Corrin is starring as an antagonist (we don’t yet know who, though), but the main enemy is reportedly someone we’ve seen before from the MCU.
Is there a Deadpool 3 trailer?
We aren’t expecting the first Deadpool trailer until mid-2024.
As previously mentioned, the strikes hit the film’s production hard (that was kind of the whole point of them) and the crew had to pack up and abandon the ship. We’re talking months of delays here, so along with a moved release date, a later trailer as a result is a reasonable expectation.
In the meantime, check out the hilarious video below from Reynolds and Jackman, giving not much more detail as to what we can expect from the new movie. But we love them for it anyway.
Will Deadpool 3 be set in the MCU?
Deadpool 3 will be set in the MCU, as confirmed by Kevin Feige.
Feige also confirmed there would be no curbs on the language and gore that has defined Deadpool in these new movies. It was an announcement that surprised many, and not just because of the R-rated content.
How would the MCU deal with the fact that there were two movies already that weren’t within MCU continuity? Just ignore it? Retcon it? Rewrite it? Well, none of that may be necessary.
Levy also wants to make sure Wolverine lives up to the hype, telling EW, “Like the rest of the world, I’ve waited two decades to see Wolverine in a whole movie with Deadpool, and I don’t know if this is our last shot at Wolverine on screen, so I was going to make goddamned sure we get the old yellow and blue just once, and that we get it right.”
With the introduction of the multiverse at the end of Loki season 1, there’s never been a better time to introduce a character from a parallel continuity. Marvel Phase 5 (and Phase 4 before it) is built upon the idea of the multiverse, making the introduction of any character much easier. We’ve already seen Professor X return, for example, so bringing in Deadpool won’t be too hard at all.
Feige also said that he hopes Deadpool 3 does for Wade what Thor: Ragnarok did for the God of Thunder, so what does that mean? Sounds to us like the character may undergo a slight reinvention to help him fit into the MCU.
It’s worth pointing out that Deadpool has hung out with an MCU character before now, although we’re not sure if that commercial he made with Korg is canon (let’s be honest, it’s not).
Who wrote Deadpool 3?
It was confirmed back in November 2020 that Reynolds was working with Emmy Award-winning sisters Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin on the Deadpool 3 script.
They’re best known for writing multiple episodes of one of the best animated series, Bob’s Burgers. The pair also created, and executive produced the animated comedy series The Great North.
Shawn Levy has been drafted to direct Deadpool’s third outing. Levy has previously worked with Reynolds on Free Guy and The Adam Project.
Could we see Deadpool in the MCU before Deadpool 3?
It looks like Deadpool 3 will be Ryan Reynolds’ first MCU appearance as Wade Wilson.
In August 2021, Reynolds himself teased Comicbook.com by claiming that he might make an early appearance in the MCU rather than waiting for his film to release: “I think both (approaches) are pretty warranted,” said Reynolds.
“I think you’re always gonna zig when everybody’s expecting you to zag when it comes to that character. As long as Disney’s open to doing something pretty wildly divergent or having some wildly divergent uses of Deadpool, then I dig it, man. I think it’s all great.”
By now, though, his appearance elsewhere ahead of Deadpool 3 seems unlikely.
Where can I watch Deadpool 3?
Deadpool 3 will be released exclusively in theaters before a digital release and then streaming further down the line.
Disney Plus will be its streaming home, but you’ll have a bit of a wait if you don’t catch it in cinemas or on paid VOD. In the meantime, you’ll find Deadpool 1 and 2 there.
That’s all we know about Deadpool 3. But you can check out our guide on the best X-Men characters and see what the X-Men: 97 release date is for more mutant mayhem. You can also read our thoughts on the Avengers 5 release date and the Thunderbolts release date.
For longer takes, find out why Marvel needs to learn that killing characters isn’t everything and how Loki season 2 is under more pressure than any Marvel series before.