Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for Deadpool 3 along with the film’s official poster and title – Deadpool & Wolverine. The movie, which introduces the Merc with a Mouth to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, is directed by Shawn Levy, who co-wrote the script with actor Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Zeb Wells.
The clip opens with Wade Wilson celebrating his birthday surrounded by friends and family. But the celebrations are interrupted by a group of Time Variance Authority (TVA) agents knocking at the door. The Deadpool 3 tie-in with the greater MCU is revealed in that moment. Despite the absence of familiar TVA members from Loki, Matthew Macfadyen is introduced as an agent named Paradox.
While a character named Paradox exists in Marvel Comics, the rendition in Deadpool 3 seems to be a completely fresh interpretation. After Deadpool is taken by TVA, Paradox presents him with the opportunity to become a hero alongside the Avengers. Eager to join, Wade even goes so far as to dub himself the “Marvel Jesus.”
Along with the first glimpses of the much-anticipated sequel, the Deadpool 3 trailer showcased the return of familiar characters alongside Reynolds. Arguably, the biggest was the inclusion of X-Men villain Pyro, portrayed by Aaron Stanford in 2003’s X2 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Stanford’s return to this mutant role comes 18 years since his last appearance in the franchise.
The Deadpool 3 trailer also featured a mysterious bald character wearing a jacket with a raised collar. Fans were quick to point out that the figure could be Cassandra Nova, an X-Men supervillain who serves as a dark reflection of Charles Xavier. Although not officially confirmed, there’s speculation that Emma Corrin might portray Nova, as she was cast in an undisclosed villain role.
The final Easter egg appears in the Deadpool 3 trailer’s final shot, where the titular anti-hero is seen lying on the ground as Wolverine’s silhouette approaches. A damaged Secret Wars comic book is visible on the left side of the screen, offering a tiny nod to the upcoming Secret Wars film. The specific comic, identified as Secret Wars #5 from 2015, features God Emperor Doom.
The inclusion of the comic could potentially serve as a setup for characters involved in the planned movie Avengers: Secret Wars, uniting various Marvel characters from the multiverse. Deadpool 3 will be the only MCU movie gracing screens in 2024. It will also be the first R-rated project, departing from the usual PG-13 rating associated with most Marvel Studios releases.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige previously emphasized the importance of maintaining Deadpool 3’s mature rating, underscoring the character’s established tone from previous films. Feige expressed admiration for the return of Hugh Jackman as Logan, highlighting the sentimental journey from Jackman’s initial X-Men audition to his role in the new Deadpool film.
“That’s our first R-rated film,” Feige said in a 2023 interview about Deadpool 3. “To have Hugh come back is incredible. For me, that is where I started. I remember sitting behind the camera at his audition for [X-Men]. For him, and for me, and I think for all of the fans of Marvel, it’s unbelievable what has happened in those 23 years. It’s very full-circle having him come back in this new Deadpool film.”
The highly anticipated Deadpool 3, officially titled Deadpool & Wolverine, will hit theaters worldwide on July 25, 2024.