‘Deadpool 3’: Shawn Levy Says Fox-Marvel Legacy Is Part Of The Story

Fans have a ton of reasons to be looking forward to Deadpool 3, starting with the long-awaited pairing of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, the most popular characters from the defunct Fox Marvel universe. This will also be the first R-rated movie in the MCU, promising the edgy tone of the prior Deadpool films isn’t going anywhere. And now we know from director Shawn Levy that the Fox legacy, which took the X-Men franchise to incredible heights, will be more than just a running gag…it will be a major part of the story.

Levy told Total Film in a new interview…

“Deadpool and Wolverine are iconic Marvel characters; more specifically, iconic Marvel-of-the-Fox-era characters.”We’re not going to pretend: ‘Oh, we snap our fingers, and suddenly that Fox legacy doesn’t exist, and it shaped a lot of what we now know as the MCU.’ Fox also shaped Ryan’s career, Hugh’s career and my career. So there’s a lot of history there, and there’s a lot of Marvel history at Fox. And certainly that’s a part of our storytelling.”

Deadpool and Logan were first seen on the big screen together in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a critically panned 2009 movie that introduced the mouthless version of Deadpool that nobody liked.

Other than Wolverine and Deadpool, the only Fox character confirmed to return is Elektra, who was played by Jennifer Garner in Daredevil and her own solo movie. Rumors persist that Channing Tatum will finally suit up as Gambit, since that solo film never got off the ground despite years of teases at Fox.

Regulars set to return include Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Rob Delaney as Peter, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio.

Emma Corrin is rumored to be playing Charles Xavier’s evil twin Cassandra Nova, while Succession‘s Matthew Macfadyen has a mysterious role.

Deadpool 3 opens on September 6th 2024.

Travis Hopson
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