Deadpool & Wolverine: the Odd Couple assaults the MCU (trailer).

Prepare your popcorn and set your expectations: Deadpool & Wolverine is making its entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, promising a mix of humour, action, and the inevitable friction between two of Marvel’s iconic characters. As the 34th film in the MCU, and a sequel to both Deadpool and Deadpool 2, this production navigates new territory by retaining its R-rated edge within the traditionally more family-friendly MCU.

Helmed by Shawn Levy and penned by a team including Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool himself), Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Zeb Wells, the film explores the dynamics between Reynolds’ mercenary and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. The cast also features Emma Corrin, Morena Baccarin, and Matthew Macfadyen, promising a story rich with character interplay and narrative depth.

The journey to bring Deadpool & Wolverine to the big screen has been complex, especially following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. This transition raised questions about how Deadpool’s irreverent tone would mesh with the MCU’s broader audience. Marvel Studios, led by Kevin Feige, accepted the challenge, positioning the film as the MCU’s first R-rated venture. The movie’s premise sets Deadpool and Wolverine in a partnership that’s as contentious as it is compelling. Described as a “fish out of water” story, it places the anarchic Deadpool into the more structured MCU, with Reese highlighting the contrasting dynamics that will test both characters. Shot in England’s scenic locales, including Pinewood Studios and Norfolk, the production wrapped in January 2024 after a brief hiatus.

For readers of SFcrowsnest, Deadpool & Wolverine presents an intriguing proposition. It’s an opportunity to see how two of Marvel’s most distinct characters can coexist and evolve within the MCU framework. The film promises a blend of action and humor, underscored by the complex relationship between Deadpool and Wolverine.

While anticipation is certainly high, the unique blend of these characters’ worlds suggests a movie experience that could redefine what audiences expect from the MCU. As the release date approaches, the question remains: Will Deadpool & Wolverine manage to strike the right balance between its R-rated heritage and the broader MCU tapestry? Only time will tell, but for now, it stands as one of the most keenly awaited additions to Marvel’s cinematic saga.

With a release date of July 26th, 2024, the film marks a pivotal moment in Phase Five of the MCU.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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