- Deadpool 3, featuring a highly anticipated face-off between Deadpool and Wolverine, has been indefinitely delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.
- Director Shawn Levy shared that Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are committed to delivering the best possible film, influenced by their real-life friendship and mutual admiration for each other’s work.
- The film will be an opportunity for both Deadpool and Wolverine to shine as iconic characters while fulfilling fans’ expectations.
Deadpool fans eagerly awaiting the face-off between Deadpool and Wolverine will have to be patient, as Deadpool 3 has been indefinitely delayed due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Despite this setback, Director Shawn Levy has given some insight into the anticipated encounter between the two characters played by Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, during an interview on The Jess Cagle Show.
Levy shared that Reynolds, who also co-wrote and produced the film, takes a very generous approach to Deadpool’s role, often urging the character to lose. He said, “At every turn, Ryan is amazing at wanting Deadpool to lose,” and that Reynolds operates from the perspective of what is most satisfying to the story, not just wanting an equal share of victories for his character.
The director also acknowledged the strong off-screen friendship between Reynolds and Jackman, and how that contributes to their collaboration as two of Marvel’s most iconic mutants. Levy emphasized how exciting it is for audiences to see these two movie stars together in their iconic roles and that their grounded, ego-free approach to the project will bring fans the best possible film.
Although Deadpool and Wolverine previously crossed paths in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool 3 aims to do justice to the characters and their dynamic. Levy reflected on Reynolds’ and Jackman’s enthusiasm and mutual support on the project, stating, “both guys are always trying to set up the other to win.”
In the meantime, fans will have to wait for a revised release date for Deadpool 3, which had originally been slated for May 3, 2024, before being postponed due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes. With no new date confirmed yet, they can still enjoy rewatching Ryan Reynolds’ announcement of Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine in the meantime.