One of the most eagerly anticipated films of the upcoming year is Deadpool 3, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. Fans cannot wait for the movie especially after photos of the actors dressed as Wolverine and Deadpool in their respective new costumes were made public.

Even though Wolverine has been addressed in the previous two Deadpool films, Deadpool and Wolverine did not appear together until Deadpool 3. Hugh Jackman did, however, explain why he chose to return to the role after having said goodbye to it in the 2017 film Logan.

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman as Deadpool and Wolverine

Hugh Jackman says Ryan Reynolds had given up on the idea of him joining Deadpool franchise

During an interview with Variety for his movie The Son, actor Hugh Jackman was asked about his decision to reprise his famous and popular character Wolverine after he had bid goodbye to the character in James Mangold’s 2017 movie Logan, which is considered one of the best X- Men movies.

The actor revealed that Ryan Reynolds, who stars as Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool in the movie and is a dear friend of Jackman, would call him up daily, pleading for a Wolverine-Deadpool movie, but he was not sure if he wanted to do it until he saw Deadpool.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman says Ryan Reynolds had given up on the idea of him starring in Deadpool

He said, “I went to a screening of ‘Deadpool.’ I was 20 minutes in, and I was like, ‘Ah, damn it!’ All I kept seeing in my head was ‘48 Hours’ with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. So it’s been brewing for a long time. It just took me longer to get here.”

Jackman continued to explain that during a trip to the beach with his family, he had decided that he would reprise the character and called up Ryan Reynolds. He noted,

“I think, actually, he’d given up. I think it was a big shock to him. There was a massive pause, and then he said, ‘I can’t believe the timing of this.’”

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Ryan Reynolds says working with Hugh Jackman is like ‘old home week’

In the same interview with Variety, when Ryan Reynolds was asked about his excitement to finally have managed to convince Hugh Jackman to appear in the Wolverine-Deadpool movie, he said,

“Oh my God, I’m thrilled. It’s like old home week. To get to be on set with one of my closest friends each and every day is a dream come true. But to do it with these two iconic characters side by side, that’s beyond our wildest dreams.”

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are excited for Deadpool 3

Fox released the first two Deadpool movies but after Disney acquired it, the actor had the chance to meet Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. It opened the gate for Deadpool to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ryan Reynolds stated,

“I got Kevin to talk about what, if anything, the future holds for Deadpool in that transaction. The subject was coming up in the meeting about whether we could find a way to do a Deadpool-Wolverine pairing. It wasn’t possible then. For this to be happening now is pretty damn exciting.”

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Hugh Jackman explains Wolverine‘s appearance in Deadpool 3’s timeline

Back in 2022, Hugh Jackman mentioned in an interview with SiriusXM about how he was cautious of not messing up the timelines with Logan and explained,

“All because of this device they have in the Marvel world of moving around timelines now, we can go back because it’s ‘science’. And so I don’t have to screw with the Logan timeline, which was important to me, and I think probably to the fans, too.”

In 2017’s Logan, Wolverine dies following a brutal fight, so when the actor, alongside Ryan Reynolds, announced that he was going to reprise the character, fans were excited but also needed answers about how he’d fit in the timeline. Reynolds, who seemed excited for the two of them to work together, also mentioned while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, that they are cautious about protecting the legacy of Logan.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have confirmed that they are going to protect Logan’s legacy

“We’ve figured out a way to do it that’s Hugh Jackman-approved and [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige-approved, where we’re completely protecting the legacy of Logan the way it was left off. I wouldn’t mess with that. I’m really excited.”

Reynolds also noted that he feels lucky that he can work in the industry, particularly in a movie, but he really wants to work with people who are talented or people he is best friends with, but added jokingly that Hugh Jackman qualifies for none but he is excited because he is a fan of Logan.

The release date for Deadpool 3 which was scheduled for 3rd May 2024 release has now been delayed since it was recently taken off the chart from Disney’s upcoming theatrical release that showcased the movies being released from September 2023 to June 2024. The new date has not been announced yet.

Deadpool and Deadpool 2 are streaming on Disney+.

Source: Variety

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