Marvel Chief Cautions Hugh Jackman Against Wolverine Return in 'Deadpool 3'

Ryan Reynolds showcases innovative storytelling in new film concept

by Zain ul Abedin
Marvel Chief Cautions Hugh Jackman Against Wolverine Return in 'Deadpool 3'
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In a surprising turn of events, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige advised Hugh Jackman against reprising his iconic role as Wolverine in the upcoming "Deadpool and Wolverine" film. Despite this, Jackman is set to join Ryan Reynolds in the eagerly anticipated third installment of the "Deadpool" franchise.

Feige expressed his concerns in a recent interview with Empire magazine, emphasizing the perfect closure of Wolverine's storyline in the 2017 hit "Logan," where Jackman's character poignantly ends his journey. "I said, ‘Let me give you a piece of advice, Hugh.

Don’t come back,'" Feige recounted. "Jackman had the greatest ending in history with Logan. That’s not something we should undo." "Logan," directed by James Mangold, was heralded for its gritty portrayal of a future where mutants are nearly extinct.

The film concludes with Wolverine sacrificing himself to protect a young mutant, providing a fitting and emotional conclusion to Jackman's tenure as the character. Despite Feige's reservations, Jackman felt compelled to return to his role after an intense period of contemplation.

"I drove for another hour, couldn’t stop thinking about it. And I got out of the car, called Ryan [Reynolds], and said, ‘Ryan, if you’ll have me, I’m in,'" Jackman shared, detailing the moment he decided to don Wolverine's claws once more.

Reynolds' Creative Exploration

The initial concept for "Deadpool and Wolverine" proposed by Reynolds was quite different, inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s "Rashomon." This narrative technique would have explored a singular event from multiple perspectives.

However, Feige was hesitant, prioritizing the integration of mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe over revisiting familiar tropes. "The truth is, I wasn’t even sure how to incorporate Deadpool yet," Feige admitted.

Reynolds, undeterred by the rejection of his original pitch, devised numerous other concepts for the film. "He may have pitched that to me, but he also pitched 25 other thoughts and ideas," Feige revealed, highlighting Reynolds' creative tenacity.

The actor also explored a range of story possibilities, from minimalist Sundance-style films with budgets under $10 million to larger-scale blockbusters. The film, set to release on July 26, promises to be a significant addition to the superhero genre.

It will blend the unique tones of Deadpool's irreverence with the intense drama that has characterized the Wolverine saga. Fans eagerly await seeing how these beloved characters will interact on the big screen, marking a new chapter in their storied cinematic histories.

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