Deadpool 3 new release date, Wolverine return and everything we know so far

Colossus and Deadpool pose while Negasonic Teenage Warhead stands in the background
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Deadpool 3 is going to be one for the books. Not only is an iconic X-Men character making his MCU return for the movie, but Disney's first R-rated superhero will be a part of the same cinematic universe as Spider-Man. Oh, and we actually have good news about its revised release date, and the note that it's not technically called Deadpool 3.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige previously confirmed that Deadpool 3 is the only R-rated Marvel project in development at the House of Mouse, so Disney isn't going to muzzle the merc, as some fans thought it might. Oh, and while you wait for Deadpool 3? It turns out Ryan Reynolds wrote a Deadpool Christmas movie

Filming hasn't begun yet, which is no surprise given star Ryan Reynolds' busy schedule and the jam-packed Marvel movie slate. But a recent post from the official Deadpool Twitter account reveals that work is happening on the movie! We just have to wait a little longer for its release than originally anticipated.

Deadpool took a while to get off the ground, with Reynolds telling Jimmy Fallon that he'd been trying to get it made for 11 years. Of course, the infamous test footage leaked when Fox didn't seem to be doing anything to move things along, fans loved it, and here we are waiting for a third movie. Let's hope it fares better than Deadpool 2 (which you can stream on Hulu, one of the best streaming services).

Deadpool stands in front of a turned-over car

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Deadpool 3 release date moved up

In its latest release date change, Deadpool 3 will come out on May 3, 2024, a little over six months earlier than its previous release date of Nov. 8, 2024. This news came in a flurry of Marvel, Star Wars and Avatar release date changes.

In that same announcement, we learned that Deadpool 3 isn't the final title, as it's currently known as Untitled Deadpool movie.

Ryan Reynolds unveiled the previous Deadpool 3 release date — Sept. 6, 2024 —  in a video that revealed Hugh Jackman's return to Marvel movies as Wolverine.

Disney has released a series of upcoming Marvel movie release dates, with some movies getting firm dates and some dates getting tied to Marvel movies. So you've got plenty of time to watch all the X-Men movies in order and most of the best Netflix shows, too.

"[Deadpool 3] will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now," Feige told Collider. "It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. 

"We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life."

Deadpool poses in front of a lit fireplace.

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Deadpool 3 cast and crew

Shawn Levy — who worked on Free Guy and The Adam Project with Ryan Reynolds, is directing Deadpool 3, per a post from The Hollywood Reporter.

As noted above, Hugh Jackman will reprise the role of Wolverine. Here's the first look at Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Deadpool 3, note the yellow and blue wardrobe most familiar from the comics and animated series.

(L, R) Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, walking on a dirt road in Deadpool 3

(Image credit: Ryan Reynolds via Instagram)

Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin were on board to write Deadpool 3. If you're a Bob's Burgers fan, you might recognise their names as they've been writing for the show for years.

Then, previous Deadpool movie writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were brought into replace them.

Deadpool is reading a note

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When it comes to the rest of the cast, Ryan Reynolds will be back as Wade Wilson/ Deadpool, and now that Vanessa isn't dead anymore, we'll hopefully see the two living out their relationship goals — meaning that Morena Baccarin will also be back.

We may see the surviving members of the X-Force meet up for a reunion, although Domino actress Zazie Beetz said just this March that she "would love to revive the role" but that she hadn't "had any specific conversations around [Deadpool 3]" at the time (via Digital Spy). We may also see Josh Brolin's Cable make a comeback.

We last saw Wade hanging out with Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna), and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) so we imagine the trio will pop up in Deadpool 3. Russell (Julian Dennison) might also be a part of the team, and — if we're really lucky — so will Rob Delaney's Peter.    

Deadpool 3 villain rumors

Marvel movie leaker Daniel Richtman (in a locked Patreon post) has reported that Jim Carrey has been in consideration to play the villain in Deadpool 3. No word yet as to who Carrey may play. 

We Got This Covered claims that Madcap is one of the possible villains for Deadpool 3. The character breaks the fourth wall as much as Wade Wilson himself, so Carrey is an easy fit. That same report also claims that Madcap will team up with Typhoid Mary.

Deadpool 3 trailer speculation and first MCU appearance

With filming not having taken place yet, trailers are non-existent. There's no teaser images, or set photos, but the closest thing we've got is the Deadpool 2 post-credit scene to over-analyze. That said, we have the next best thing to a Deadpool trailer, Deadpool hanging out with Korg, making all kinds of jokes about Disney and Marvel movies, as well as Disney Plus.

At this point, we'd bet that the Deadpool 3 trailer isn't showing up until the winter of 2022 at the earliest. That said, don't expect it to go light on gore or innuendo just because it's coming from Disney. Kevin Feige told Collider that the film will have an R-rating.

Deadpool 2 saw Wade Wilson lose the love of his life, but thanks to Negasonic Teenage Warhead, he's able to go back and smooth out the wrinkles in the timeline to save Vanessa. More importantly, he saves Peter — arguably the best, and most useless member of the X-Force. Reynolds told Empire that the post-credits was initially going to be all about Peter, saying:

"We loved Rob Delaney's character. I love that [Deadpool] just completely ignores this marquee cast [the X-Force] that he could have saved, with useful and wonderful superheroes. 

"I always felt it was important to save Peter, just because in the helicopter before we jump out skydiving I say to him, 'I'd never let anything happen to you, Sugar Bear'. I felt like that was a promise Wade made early on in the movie and it was nagging him, so he went back and got Peter. 

"We can't afford half the other guys to bring them back, they have to remain dead. One in particular would be very expensive.”

Deadpool also swings by X-Men Origins: Wolverine to kill off that film's version of the character, before doing the world a solid and dispatching Ryan Reynolds himself as he holds the Green Lantern script in his hands. 

Presumably Wade's meddling will carry over to the third movie because we'd all love to see Deadpool 3: Absolutely Peter come to fruition. 

Shabana Arif

Shabana is T3's News Editor covering tech and gaming, and has been writing about video games for almost a decade (and playing them since forever). As well as contributing to Tom's Guide, she's had bylines at major gaming sites during her freelance career before settling down at T3, and has podcasts, streaming, and video content under her belt to boot. Outside of work, she also plays video games and should really think about expanding her hobbies.