Hugh Jackman Filming Another Wolverine Solo Movie?

Fans are speculating that Hugh Jackman's usage of "Wolverine and Deadpool" may mean two different movies.

By Jennifer Asencio | Published

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Did Hugh Jackman tease another Wolverine movie besides Deadpool 3? In a recent Instagram post, the X-Men star pleaded with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who choose the Oscar nominees, to refrain from nominating his friend and co-star Ryan Reynolds for a song he sang in the musical movie Spirited. Hugh Jackman explained that he was going to be spending much of 2023 with Reynolds, filming “Wolverine and Deadpool.”

Were these the titles of two separate movies? Fans have been abuzz ever since the comment, trying to figure out if there is any meaning to Hugh Jackman’s phrasing that might point to the actor returning to the role of Wolverine beyond Deadpool 3. Users commenting on the short video speculated on a few different possibilities, and the current state of both the character and the larger Marvel universe may support the notion that we may see our favorite fast-healing mutant back on the big screen for another movie.

Hugh Jackman played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise from 20th Century Fox before Disney acquired both that and Marvel Studios. His last appearances as the character were in The Wolverine and Logan, which were in-depth looks into the mutant’s past and legacy and ended with his death. It has been confirmed that he will be in Deadpool 3, but the appearance of Wolverine in that story raises questions about how he is still alive.

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In Deadpool 2, Cable brought with him a device that enabled time travel, which prompted the snarky assassin to engage in some temporal shenanigans such as saving his girlfriend and contemplating the infanticide of a real-life would-be supervillain. Could one of these trips through time have brought Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back along for the ride? Or does the plot of Deadpool 3 take place before 2029, the year of the plot of Logan?

This speculation comes amidst the official introduction of Deadpool to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is also introducing Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine to the same canon as Thor and the rest of the Avengers. Where the mutant finds himself after his adventure with Deadpool is hypothetical, but it is possible that the studio will want to include him in more movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers: Secret Wars. Rumors have also swirled for months about who may be replacing Hugh Jackman in the role, including former co-star Zac Efron and former Superman Henry Cavill.

It is also entirely possible that Hugh Jackman’s statement about “Wolverine and Deadpool” was simply a slip of the tongue or a wry joke from one character to the other. Fans who saw the post may be reading too much into the actor’s wording and building up their hopes for nothing. We will have to wait and see.

With that caution aside, however, news from around the industry certainly seems to support the idea of Hugh Jackman returning to play Wolverine just a little longer. He defined the role for more than a generation of viewers, and he and Ryan Reynolds have been eager to right the wrong that was Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. Whether Wolverine is in more Marvel movies beyond Deadpool 3 or not, it will be exciting to see the two actors appear as these characters in a capacity that fans can better appreciate.