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Deadpool 3 Originally Would Have Featured Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds Reveals

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Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has given fans a tease of what the original, pre-Disney incarnation of Deadpool 3 might have been. According to Reynolds, the original plan for the sequel was to do a “road trip” story focused on Deadpool and Wolverine.Reynolds tweeted this juicy tidbit while simultaneously drawing attention to the #BellLetsTalk hashtag, which promotes mental health awareness.

Reynolds writes, “It’s critical to have open, honest and healthy discussions around mental health. By retweeting #BellLetsTalk you can make a difference. In case that’s not enough, before Disney bought Fox, Deadpool 3 was gonna be a road trip between Deadpool and Logan. Rashomon style. For real.”

Though 2018’s Deadpool 2 introduced major characters like Domino and Cable to the franchise, it appears the sequel would have shifted focus to Wolverine, likely drawing on the long, shared history between these two Weapon X test subjects in the comics. It’s unclear whether Hugh Jackman was actually in talks to reprise his Wolverine role and star alongside Reynolds, or if Fox would have recast the role. By the time Deadpool 2 hit theaters, Jackman had already definitively ended his tenure as Wolverine in 2017’s Logan. But given the nebulous continuity at play in the Deadpool movies and Reynolds describing the plot as a “Rashomon style” misadventure with multiple, clashing narrative perspectives, there was probably no shortage of options for the studio.

Not that the Jackman question matters much in the end. As Reynolds alludes, any chance of a Wolverine-driven Deadpool 3 went out the window once Disney acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019 and rolled the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises into the MCU. Reynolds will continue to play Wade Wilson at Marvel Studios (to date the only actor confirmed to carry over from Fox), but Deadpool 3 as it exists now will feature a completely different story. As for Wolverine, his MCU debut may still be years away at this point.Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirmed Deadpool 3 will be an R-rated movie. The script is currently being penned by Bob’s Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin, with input from Reynolds. Whether Deadpool 2 director David Leitch will return remains to be seen. His schedule is reportedly full through 2021, but it doesn’t appear Deadpool 3 will begin filming this year anyway.

For more on the future of the MCU, brush up on every movie and TV series in development right now.

Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

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