There are many exciting things in store for fans of the MCU. It’s no secret that Deadpool 3 is among the most anticipated upcoming movies since it will mark Deadpool’s introduction to the MCU. In light of this, it is likely that the studio is ready to soon cast a new Wolverine.
Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been dropping hints about the plot of Deadpool 3, which would mark the character’s formal introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in a recent interview, they addressed recent reports that Wolverine may be making an appearance in the film.
When asked who they think should replace Wolverine in the MCU, Deadpool 3 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick gave their opinions on many actors. Considering Deadpool’s longstanding relationship with Wolverine in the comics, Reese and Wernick may get some further insight into the kind of character Marvel should be seeking from this partnership.
To begin with, the Deadpool writers’ running joke was that Marvel should cast a shorter actor as Wolverine. In contrast to Hugh Jackman, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall, Wolverine is depicted in the comics as being just 5 feet, 3 inches tall. Some viewers have taken issue with Jackman’s lack of height.
However, the writers’ joke is that he was still a great pick for the character regardless of physical attributes. Reese commented on Marvel’s choice of Wolverine actor, saying:
“It’s gotta be someone shorter this time… So maybe a Zack Galifianakis or Patton Oswalt, someone like that… I don’t know. Look, we don’t have any inside information on that. Even if we did, we couldn’t share it, but we don’t… I would honestly go more… an undiscovered person, because Hugh Jackman was reasonably undiscovered the first time and I think there was initial bucking [of], ‘Oh, he’s too tall,’ or, ‘He doesn’t look right,’ or, ‘What is this Australian thing?’ I think that if they’re playing their cards right, they probably should make it someone we’ve never seen.”
Hugh Jackman debuted in the role of Wolverine in the year 2000 with the release of X-Men and ultimately left the role in Logan in 2017. Considering that Jackman is the first actor to ever portray the part in a live-action film, he will be a very difficult act to follow.
The issue of how Marvel Studios will incorporate the X-Men brand as a whole into the MCU is looming enormous, and Wolverine is nearly as much a part of that as the topic itself.
The fact that the MCU has such a rich canon without mutants or the X-Men has not been an easy problem to solve, especially since the Disney-Fox merger was finalized in March 2019.
The Fox X-Men Universe might soon be addressed in the ongoing Marvel Phase 4 storyline, which explores the concept of other worlds (and many Marvel brands) before a major event reboots the whole MCU Multiverse into a new playground in which Wolverine and the X-Men are there from the get-go.