Why Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Joining the MCU Is a Game Changer

You could almost hear the cheers around the world on September 27 when Ryan Reynolds announced that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine for Deadpool 3. It still feels like a dream as many fans have been hoping to see the duo reunite for a number of years. Now that it’s a reality, all that’s left is to wait until the film comes out in 2024. For now, though, we can look ahead and explore why the news is so exciting.

Starting with the obvious, Jackman’s addition to the film is a huge win for fans. Deadpool 3 was already one of the most anticipated films on Marvel’s slate, though it remained a mysterious project prior to the aforementioned announcement. Now it has become perhaps the most buzzworthy installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe apart from Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. James Mangolds Logan was a masterpiece and a beautiful farewell to the beloved character, but the send-off has left a huge hole, both in our hearts and in the MCU’s potential introduction of the X-Men. Bringing Jackman into the fold is sure to please Marvelites while also building a strong foundation for future projects to expand on.

Jackman played Wolverine for 17 years, starting with X but in 2000 and culminated in the 2017s Logan. More than any other superhero and their actor, he has become synonymous with the character. It was practically impossible to imagine anyone else bringing him to life in an upcoming film as he set the bar incredibly high. With this in mind, it’s quite fitting that Jackson is reprising the role for Wolverine’s MCU debut; The concern for a newcomer to “do the character justice” goes out the window because Jackman is the quintessential Logan. Plus, if nothing else, it will be a wonderful trip down memory lane to see him flex his claws and be a badass one last time.

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As exciting as it is, the news that Jackman was joining the film has overshadowed another important factor in the situation; Deadpool 3 will mark Wade Wilson’s MCU debut. Fans have been clamoring for it for years too Deadpool movies were huge hits. Since the Disney/Fox merger, the topic was surrounded by uncertainty, as many fans were curious, if not worried, to see if the character would be twisted into a family-friendly version that didn’t crack R-rated jokes and razor-sharp bad guys with swords. For now, that question is still on the table, to some extent. Author Rhett Reese previously stated that the film would not be “Disney-fied”. Time will tell exactly how true to the character he will be in the MCU environment, but more importantly, Deadpool 3 has the chance to instantly make the anti-hero one of the franchise’s most beloved characters.

Assuming the third film delivers what fans enjoyed so much about its predecessors, Wade will instantly stand out from the rest of his peers. Plenty of MCU heroes crack jokes, but Reynolds’ Deadpool often delivers laugh-out-loud moments that stay with the viewer long after the credits roll. Plus, there’s plenty of heart in the hero, as his arc throughout the first two films demonstrated. Wade is a man who has loved and lost, and although he uses humor and violence to cope, he still finds himself. It will be fascinating to see how the emotional core of the character continues to develop Deadpool 3 and further.

Last but certainly not least, the third film in the trilogy could go a long way in establishing mutants in the MCU. Currently, references to the X-Men and mutantkind have been few and far between in the franchise. A funny Easter egg came then Ms. Marvel borrowed from the legendary X-Men: The Animated Series theme. Patrick Stewart’s reprise of his iconic role as Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a big step forward. Otherwise, this corner of the Marvel universe has been largely untapped in previous MCU films, so Deadpool 3 may be fans’ first opportunity to get a taste of what the X-Men will be like in this new world or rather multiverse.

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We’re all still buzzing about the announcement of Jackman’s involvement, but there’s a good reason why fans have Deadpool 3 circled in their calendars so far in advance. Reynolds’ return as Wade has been a long time coming, and getting more Deadpool goodness is wonderful in the first place. Jackman coming back and playing Logan one more time will be a big dose of nostalgia, and it will also take the character in a new direction given the different tone of the franchise. Finally, the simultaneous MCU debuts of Deadpool and Logan will continue to stack the lineup of heroes at the creators’ disposal, while also potentially setting up the future of the X-Men moving forward.

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