Deadpool is one of the few characters from Marvel comics who can not fully make up his mind if he wants to be a villain or a hero. His moral compass is all over the place, which is precisely what makes him such an interesting character. So fans were understandably psyched to see Deadpool get a chance to be a hero among heroes in the recently dropped trailer for the third movie in the franchise, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
Which Villain Will Deadpool and Wolverine Fight Against?
What fun are superhero movies without a supervillain to crush all their hopes and aspirations? In reality, it is great villains that make great heroes. Likewise, fans have been waiting at the edge of their seats to know which villain will wreak multiversal havoc that will force Deadpool and Wolverine, sworn nemesis, to come together to defeat them. The trailer for Deadpool 3, which is titled Deadpool & Wolverine, dropped a hint at who could be the central antagonist.
Released at a prime spot during the Super Bowl LVIII, Deadpool & Wolverine follow their journey as the duo “wade” through the multiverse to clean up the mess made by unnecessary time travel. The trailer is packed with references to the MCU and the Avengers while hinting at the burgeoning role of the Time Variance Authority in the upcoming chapter of the MCU. As seen in the trailer, it is the TVA that recruits Deadpool to go through time and maybe report anomalies to straighten the timeline.
A brief look at one of the characters in the trailer makes us believe the villain of the movie will be Cassandra Nova. We see a blade figure who appears on screen for a split second and eventually merges into another scene. The roles played by major actors in the cast have been kept under wraps to maintain a level of suspense.
Emma Corrin, who previously revealed that they are playing a villain in the movie, is suspected to be embodying Nova. In an interview with Empire Magazine, the British actor known for The Crown, expressed how their experience has been in filming Deadpool & Wolverine.
“I feel really excited to play a villain. I haven’t done that, and it’s an itch I want to scratch. I’d heard about the project but, classic Marvel, they couldn’t tell me anything about it. Absolutely nothing. Zilch. So I met him being like, ‘I don’t know what this is about.’ Hands up, I’m not a Marvel person.”
Corrin also reveals that they have seen Spider-Man and Black Panther while being unaware of how it all connects and the intricate details like easter eggs and parallels. Shawn Levy, the director of Deadpool & Wolverine, cast Corrin after being amazed by their performance in a stage production. Corrin is extremely versatile in her skills, having played Princess Diana on screen as well as Darby Hart in A Murder At The End Of The World.
Who is Cassandra Nova?
We have not been introduced to Cassandra Nova in the past MCU projects. So, this points to a fresh start at setting up a great villain for future projects as well. According to the comics, Nova has the power to read and control people’s minds, similar to Professor Charles Xavier. Rather than being a mutant like all others, Nova is a parasitic life form born on an astral plane, better known as mummudrai. In simpler terms, Nova is the dark shadow of Xavier, showcasing the negatives to all his positives.
Where Xavier wants peace and harmony, Nova wants destruction and death. She has performed genocide of millions of mutants and is capable of far worse. While most villains are driven by a motive or have an origin story that makes them choose the dark side, Nova is just born that way. She seeks no higher purpose than to witness life fade away in front of her eyes. Telepathy, telekinesis, and a bio-phasing ability are just some of her powers. Fans cannot wait to see how Cassandra Nova fits into the overarching Multiversal puzzle.
Deadpool & Wolverine will be released in the theatres on July 26, 2024.