Shawn Levy Clarifies "Deadpool & Wolverine" Is Distinct from "Deadpool 3" as CinemaCon Wraps Up, Highlighting Marvel's Latest Duo Adventure

Shawn Levy Clarifies "Deadpool & Wolverine" Is Distinct from "Deadpool 3" as CinemaCon Wraps Up, Highlighting Marvel's Latest Duo Adventure
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In a refreshing twist from standard sequels, Shawn Levy, the director behind the anticipated "Deadpool & Wolverine," has made it clear that this new installment is not to be mistaken for "Deadpool 3." His comments came during CinemaCon's grand conclusion in Las Vegas, a hub this past week for major studios like Disney to tease their forthcoming projects. Levy took this opportunity to distinguish his project, emphasizing its unique character dynamics and narrative approach.

Levy’s discussion with various media outlets at the event spanned topics from curbing leaks to addressing the buzzing Taylor Swift cameo rumors. In his talk with ScreenRant, he emphasized the film’s distinct identity. "While it's the third Deadpool film, it's not 'Deadpool 3'. It's a different entity, very much a Deadpool & Wolverine story," Levy remarked. He stressed the new film aims to forge its path without mimicking the elements that defined the first two Deadpool films.

The upcoming "Deadpool & Wolverine" film, helmed by Levy, boasts a script crafted by Wendy Molyneaux and Lizzie Molyneaux-Loeglin of "Bob's Burgers" fame, with contributions from the original "Deadpool" and "Deadpool 2" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Details about the plot remain tightly under wraps, though hints and speculation promise an intriguing venture.

Ryan Reynolds returns as the mercurial Deadpool/Wade Wilson, with Hugh Jackman reprising his iconic role as Wolverine. The star-studded cast doesn’t stop there; it includes Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Stefan Kapičić as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, with Emma Corrin and Matthew Macfadyen also featuring in significant roles.

Reynolds shared insights into the film's inception in a previous interview with Collider. He revealed that his first meeting with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige post-Disney’s acquisition of Fox touched on a potential Deadpool/Wolverine film. Initially impossible, the concept revived thanks to Jackman’s timely call expressing a desire to revisit his role. "It was Hugh’s call that sparked this project," Reynolds said, noting that it was then up to him to pitch the idea to Feige once more.

Amidst the excitement, Levy also addressed the swirl of rumors around the film, particularly concerning its integration into the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he cautioned about the sensitivity of sharing details due to the propensity for generating rumors and misinformation. However, he confirmed, "This film is very much a part of the MCU, and what a privilege it is to have access to such a wealth of resources and knowledge."

As anticipation builds, the director's careful stewardship of the project promises to deliver a fresh take on two of Marvel’s most beloved characters, ensuring "Deadpool & Wolverine" is not just another sequel but a dynamic character-driven narrative that respects its roots while boldly charting new territory.