Ever since Disney bought 21st Century Fox back in 2019, comic book fans have been waiting for the pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe Fox characters to fully merge with the proper MCU. There have been hints since then — the post-credits cameo in The Marvels or the Quicksilver misdirect in WandaVision — but Deadpool 3 marks the first full-on incursion of the FCU with the MCU. (The Spider-Men in Spider-Man: No Way Home were a Sony thing, but I digress…)
Also marking Marvel’s first R-rated feature film, Deadpool 3 sees Ryan Reynold back as the Merc with a Mouth, finally teaming up with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in proper fashion (literally). As had been teased in a plethora of leaked set photos, the movie involves bridging the multiversal divide between the crumbling Fox universe (again, literally) with the MCU. Somehow, Emma Corrin’s villain (reportedly X-Men villain Cassandra Nova) is involved, as are a number of familiar faces (Sabretooth, Toad, Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, and tons of other rumored returning characters and actors).
With mangy newcomers like Dogpool at their side, it’s up to Deadpool and Wolverine to save the MCU. Who exactly shows up and what it all means for the future of mutants in the MCU will be seen when Deadpool 3 dices its way into theaters this summer.
Marvel has a lot riding on this movie, as it’s their only theatrical release of 2024. After an uneven reception to Phase 4 (2021’s WandaVision through 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and the rocky start to Phase 5 (begun with 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania), The Multiverse Saga has been a mixed bag, to put it lightly. In response, Marvel and Disney have pumped the breaks on their plans, slowing down output and drastically altering productions in hopes of righting the ship.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 11, 2024