SUCCESSION’s Matthew Macfadyen Joins DEADPOOL 3, Reports Indicate

After years of speculating, in 2022, Marvel Studios confirmed that Deadpool would officially join the MCU for a third installment of the R-rated comic book franchise at the start of Phase Six. This would mark the first official character of the Fox X-Men universe joining the MCU (although Patrick Stewart as a variant Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness kinda counts too, we suppose).

In exciting news, according to Deadline, Succession‘s Matthew Macfadyen has joined Deadpool 3. With Succession soon airing its final season, this news is sure to be exciting for fans of the series and of the MCU.


But what else should we expect from the “Merc with the Mouth’s” first MCU entry? We know Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine, something he and Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, announced to much fanfare online. (And you can watch that amusing video announcement below).

Here is everything we know so far about the third Deadpool film.


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Right now, everyone is calling the film Deadpool 3. However, for superpowered mercenary Wade Wilson’s first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least the first official entry, we think they may choose to give it a more creative title.

A recent bout of friendly banter between Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman teases the possibility of the title being Wolverine and Deadpool.

Jackman’s slip of the tongue seems casual, but Reynolds specifically alludes to it in his response. Only time will tell if this exchange means anything at all. We’re pretty sure that Deadpool would like the order reversed, one way or the other.

Deadpool 3‘s Plot

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The plot of Deadpool 3 remains a mystery. All we know is that Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine, and that it takes place before the feral X-Man’s death in Logan. In fact, Jackman has confirmed that time travel will be involved in the threequel in a big way. One rumor suggests that Loki’s Time Variance Authority, or TVA, will have some involvement. But that remains unconfirmed. (We hope it’s true though).

As most folks know by now, Deadpool’s third solo film will reunite him with his X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star. Deadpool and Wolverine will work together, although they have made it very clear that these two characters “hate each other.” It will not be a love-fest in this story. But the fact that Deadpool 3 is smack in the middle of the Multiverse Saga should give us all a clue as to what’s going to go down, and probable multiversal shenanigans will ensue.

Deadpool 3‘s Cast

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Aside from Jackman, we really don’t know which other cast members are coming back. There’s been no official word if Morena Baccarin is coming back as Wade’s love Vanessa. For that matter, no word on Josh Brolin as Cable, or Zazie Beetz as Domino either. We’d like to think one or all of them would appear in some form. The same goes for his X-Men pals Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). We also expect some surprise MCU cameos, but no doubt they will want to keep those ones under wraps.

Meanwhile, Karan Soni, cab driver Dopinder, and Leslie Uggams, Wade’s roomie Blind Al, will be returning in Deadpool 3, according to Deadline.

Most recently, The Crown star Emma Corrin, who played Lady Diana Spencer on the Netflix show, joined the cast of Deadpool 3.

Corrin’s role remains unknown, but according to Deadline, she will likely play a villain in the movie.

Behind the Scenes

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Deadpool 3‘s director for this third outing will be Shawn Levy, most recently known for his work on Stranger Things. This would be a reunion for Levy and Reynolds, as the pair previously worked together on the movie Free Guy. Levy is also known for the time travel movie The Adam Project.

On the writing side of things are Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, writers for the popular animated series Bob’s Burgers. The writers for the first two Deadpool films, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are also contributing to the third film’s screenplay, as is Ryan Reynolds himself.

Deadpool 3 Release Date

As of now, Deadpool 3 has a release date of November 8, 2024, kicking off the MCU’s Phase Six.

Originally published on January 4, 2023.

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