'Deadpool & Wolverine': Director teases movie has 'huge surprises' for fans

The film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, hits theaters July 26.

July 18, 2024, 9:33 AM

"Deadpool & Wolverine" is poised to be one of the most talked-about movies this summer.

Featuring the epic team-up of Ryan Reynolds' "merc with a mouth" Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Hugh Jackman's Logan/Wolverine, the film features both characters' first official introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that kicked off 16 years ago.

During an appearance Thursday on "Good Morning America," director Shawn Levy said the film is about a "surprising friendship."

"I think you can expect the funny … definitely the action and the spectacle, but I think what maybe people are expecting a little less is the warmth of this movie," he said. "Because it really was a movie made by friends about friendship ... you have these two characters who really don't match up in an easy way, but, eventually, through a lot of conflict, find something of a surprising friendship."

Levy also said the film was "built for audience joy" and teased that fans can expect "huge surprises."

The director discusses the Marvel movie, which premieres next Friday and stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
The director discusses the Marvel movie, which premieres next Friday and stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.

"I'm just thrilled that our movie's coming out soon, and there's huge surprises that somehow the internet has not anticipated and the world is not yet aware of," he said cryptically. "And so, I think that's gonna be a nice thing, all of the unexpected things."

The director also joked that having four daughters is "like living with a focus group," saying, "They're always my first audience and, fortunately, they really like this movie."

Below, read everything you need to know about "Deadpool & Wolverine."

When does "Deadpool & Wolverine" hit the big screen?

"Deadpool & Wolverine" hits theaters July 26.

The film is directed by Shawn Levy and written by Levy, Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Zeb Wells.

What is "Deadpool & Wolverine" about?

In pure Deadpool fashion, the official synopsis for "Deadpool & Wolverine" calls the film Marvel Studios' "most significant mistake to date" and pokes fun at how "synopses are so f------ stupid."

The official description reads: "A listless Wade Wilson toils away in civilian life. His days as the morally flexible mercenary, Deadpool, behind him."

PHOTO: Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan  in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
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"When his homeworld faces an existential threat, Wade must reluctantly suit-up again with an even more reluctantlier... reluctanter? Reluctantest? He must convince a reluctant Wolverine to…" it continues, before trailing off.

Long story short? Deadpool and Wolverine are teaming up to save the world -- and perhaps the multiverse, as previews have teased.

Who stars in "Deadpool & Wolverine"?

In addition to Reynolds as Wade Wilson and Jackman returning as Wolverine, "Deadpool & Wolverine" features a star-studded cast.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman attend the Deadpool & Wolverine Shanghai Fan Event, July 2, 2024, in Shanghai.
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The film features Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Leslie Uggams and Karan Soni reprising their respective roles as Vanessa, Wade's love interest; Peter, a member of Deadpool's X-Force team; Blind Al, Deadpool's quippy roommate; and Dopinder, Deadpool's loyal taxi driver.

Newcomers to the cast are Matthew Macfadyen as Paradox and Emma Corrin as Cassandra Nova.

Perhaps most importantly, though, Dogpool, a canine variant of Deadpool, will also make its debut.

Dogpool and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
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What trailers for "Deadpool & Wolverine" have been released?

Speaking of trailers, here's a breakdown of what fans have been shown -- so far -- about the film.

A teaser trailer for "Deadpool & Wolverine" debuted during Super Bowl LVIII, showing Wade Wilson celebrating his birthday when the Time Variance Authority -- featured heavily in the Disney+ series "Loki" -- shows up at his doorstep. He's taken to the TVA headquarters where he's told he's "special" and is being given the chance "to be a hero among heroes."

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
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"Your little cinematic universe is about to change forever," Wade replies -- later calling himself "Marvel Jesus" -- as we then see him back in his Deadpool gear.

We only get a hint of Wolverine -- as his shadow silhouette reveals his adamantium claws -- in the final moments of the clip.

Watch the "Deadpool & Wolverine" teaser trailer here.

The first official trailer dropped in April, giving fans an extended look at the dynamic between Deadpool and Wolverine as the two characters team up.

In this timeline, MacFadyen's Paradox says Logan "let the entire world down," and Deadpool attempts to give Wolverine a pep talk -- while Madonna's "Like a Prayer" plays -- reminding him of his days on the X-Men team.

Emma Corrin as Cassandra Nova in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
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It must work, because later we see the two face off against Corrin's Cassandra Nova, a powerful mutant and the twin sister of X-Men founder Charles Xavier -- aka Professor X.

"Boys are so silly," Corrin's baddie says.

Watch the first official trailer for "Deadpool & Wolverine" here.

What films came before "Deadpool & Wolverine"?

While "Deadpool & Wolverine" is the first time Wade Wilson/Deadpool is officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it isn't the first "Deadpool" film.

Two previous installments, 2016's "Deadpool" and 2018's "Deadpool 2," have delighted fans on the big screen.

You can watch both now on Disney+ as you prepare for "Deadpool & Wolverine" to hit theaters.

How is Wolverine in "Deadpool & Wolverine"?

Shortly after announcing that Wolverine would join Deadpool in the third film in the franchise, Reynolds and Jackman answered a few frequently asked questions about their superhero teamup.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
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The biggest question fans had seemed to be how Wolverine could be in the film considering he died at the end of 2017's "Logan."

"'Logan' takes place in 2029, totally separate thing," Reynolds explained at the time. "Logan died in 'Logan.' Not touching that."

Now, having seen trailers and previews of the film, it appears Deadpool visits some other version of Wolverine in "Deadpool & Wolverine," perhaps leaving the "Logan" drama in another universe entirely.

Are there any cameos in "Deadpool & Wolverine"?

Given the multiverse-traversing storyline and Deadpool's playful personality coupled with the slow burn introduction of the X-Men into the MCU, "Deadpool & Wolverine" has sparked countless rumors of celebrity and comic book character cameos.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Levy explained why he hasn't commented on any potential surprises.

"We didn't want any of the cameos or characters to be the story of the movie," he said. "But they are peppered throughout. There's a lot of characters. The internet is a delight of rumors about the multitude of character cameos that are in this movie."

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan in "Deadpool & Wolverine."
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Levy also teased fans by saying, "Some rumors are true, some are way off base."

A recent teaser for the film did confirm that Sabretooth will appear and face off against Wolverine.

Deadpool and Wolverine woo Bachelor Nation in movie promo

In a promo for "Deadpool & Wolverine," Hugh Jackman appears in his full Wolverine costume, reclining on a sofa, looking fully reluctant to be there. Ryan Reynolds then scoots into frame in character as Deadpool.

"You're explaining to Bachelor Nation how our movie is the perfect date movie, while holding this," Reynolds says before sniffing a rose.

"I'm not doing either of those," Jackman says, standing.

Reynolds retorts, "Yes you are, because you are a confident, powerful person, and 18 to 49-year-old women are a super-important demo to us, no cap."

Jackman turns around, and Reynolds then addresses Bachelor Nation, signaling the cameraman to zoom in on Jackman's backside without him knowing.

"Our movie has everything you love: We really zoom in to complex relationship dynamics. There's ample amounts of cheeky humor. And in the end, I'm not gonna lie, it was quite a payday for us."

Turns out, Wolverine is only there because Deadpool promised him a chance to meet the newest Bachelorette, Jenn Tran -- but he was lying.

Reynolds posted the spot to social media, captioning it, "Can I steal HUGH for a second," mirroring the oft-repeated phrase from the romance reality show.

This article was originally published June 28, 2024.

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