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‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ back on the big screen

Deadpool to join MCU
A poster for the new “Deadpool & Wolverine” film depicts two dangling necklaces. The trailer for the new film brings Deadpool and Wolverine together for the first time ever. (Walt Disney Company)

The wait is over for Deadpool fans as the first teaser trailer for “Deadpool & Wolverine” debuted Feb. 11 during the Super Bowl.

The first installment of the series, “Deadpool,” was released in 2016 after years of the star of the film, Ryan Reynolds, pushing Fox to begin production of the film.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Reynolds talks about his connection to the character Deadpool when he first read the comic books.

I read the Deadpool comics and, sure enough, I really connected to the world, and I felt like he occupied a space in the comic book world that no other character could or would, at least that I’d heard of at the time,” Reynolds said. 

Before getting too much into the upcoming movie, here’s some background information on the foul-mouthed comic book character.


In 1991, Deadpool made his first comic book appearance in issue 98 of “The New Mutants” as an antagonist before getting his own monthly title in 1997. He’s best-known for his fourth-wall breaking by talking directly to the audience in the comics.

Deadpool, real name Wade Wilson, is a Canadian, loud-mouthed mercenary who is a highly skilled marksman and expert in hand-to-hand combat. 

Unfortunately, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he joins the Weapon X program in hope for a cure. Experimented on during the program, Deadpool gains regenerative powers and is completely covered head-to-toe in scars.


In the trailer, Deadpool is kidnapped by the Time Variance Authority and must help the MCU for some unknown reason.

Fans are concerned that the new “Deadpool” film might be watered down on the strong language and content the series is known due to Marvel Studios taking over production from 20th Century Fox. 

Despite the trailer being released by Marvel Studios, it still keeps the charm the “Deadpool” franchise is known for. Deadpool calls himself “Marvel Jesus” and drops an f-bomb in the trailer. Viewers even get a short, slo-mo, scene of Deadpool reloading his guns in mid-air, similar to fight scenes in the previous movies.

There will be a lot of returning characters seen in the trailer like Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Dopinger (Karan Soni), Big Al (Leslie Uggams) and Peter (Rob Delaney); however, T.J. Miller is not returning as Weasel.

Being the first trailer released, it did a really good job making viewers want more. 

There are two shots of Wolverine featured in the trailer, but none of those shots showed his face. However, Wolverine can be seen in the final shot of the trailer wearing his iconic yellow and blue suit from the comics.


Originally given a May 2024 release, the film has been pushed back for a release on July 26 instead.

This pushback was due to the SAG-AFTRA strike as filming had just started in May 2023 when the strike started. However, production resumed in November 2023 after the strike ended, with filming wrapping up in January 2024.

Reynolds and Jackman reprise their roles together as Deadpool and Wolverine for the first time since the 2009 movie “X–Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Reynolds is also teaming up again with director Shawn Levy for the film, who directed Reynolds’ previous films “Free Guy” and “The Adam Project.”

“Succession” star Matthew Macfadyen was seen in the trailer as Paradox, an agent within the TVA. 

Best known for their portrayal of Princess Diana in “The Crown,” Emma Corrin was confirmed to be part of the cast in an undisclosed role but is set to be the film’s villain. 

It’s been rumored they will be playing Cassandra Nova, a bodiless parasitic entity that gained a physical form by fashioning a body for herself in the womb of Charles Xavier’s mother before being miscarried and plotting to get revenge on Xavier.

There are a lot of firsts for “Deadpool & Wolverine” as it will be the first installment of the “Deadpool” series to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as they were originally spin-offs of the “X-Men” franchise. In Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the film will be the first R-rated movie released in the MCU’s history.

With the success of the two previous films, “Deadpool & Wolverine” has a lot to live up to, especially while joining the MCU, so let’s see if it can live up to expectations.


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