Reynolds revealed in September 2022 that his real-life pal would join the movie via a comedic announcement video. “Hey Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?” Reynolds asked Jackman in the clip, to which he replied, “Yeah, sure, Ryan.”
The film will mark the introduction of X-Men characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy characters previously linked up in the Disney-owned MCU, which is produced by Marvel Studios. The mutants, meanwhile, previously lived in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men universe. However, Disney now owns Fox, so Deadpool can exist alongside the Avengers for the first time.
“It’s not like adding Hugh Jackman to a movie like this is a hard sell. It’s an immediate and emphatic, unqualified yes,” Reynolds told Collider in November 2022. “It’s a lot of moving parts and Fox and X-Men and all that kind of stuff that Marvel needs to sort through. A lot of red tape in order to make that happen. And they did it.”
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