Deadpool and Wolverine release date, cast, plot, and everything you need to know about the Marvel movie

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool & Wolverine (2024).
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Deadpool and Wolverine is arriving in theaters very, very soon, and it promises to change the MCU forever. The next Marvel Phase 5 movie is the only big-screen release from the studio this year, and it's fair to say that the hype for the Merc with a Mouth's MCU debut is very high. Disney has already promised it will earn its R-rating, but based on what we've seen in trailers so far, it seems like Deadpool and Wolverine will also have a big impact on the Marvel timeline by bringing back the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and featuring cameos from X-Men past. 

However, despite a very intriguing Deadpool 3 trailer, there is still an awful lot that we don't yet know about the next Multiverse Saga film. Marvel boss Kevin Feige has been playing his cards close to his chest, as have the whole Deadpool and Wolverine team, but that's where we come in. Below, we've taken a deep dive into everything from the release date to all the confirmed cast. So as Wade Wilson would say, "Let's fucking go!" 

While you're at it too, check out all the upcoming Marvel movies and TV shows on the way and our breakdown of how to watch the Marvel movies in order.

Deadpool and Wolverine release date

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Deadpool & Wolverine (2024).

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Deadpool and Wolverine arrives in UK cinemas on July 25, before hopping over the pond to US theaters on July 26.

This is a slight delay from its original release date of May 2024, caused by production pushbacks from the SAG-AFTRA strikes and WGA strikes last summer. However, it still remains the only MCU cinema release in 2024, which is quite a big change for Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

The film is the third film in the Deadpool saga. If you need a refresher, check out our Deadpool review and our Deadpool 2 review.

Deadpool and Wolverine trailer

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With Deadpool and Wolverine's release just a few weeks away, it's hardly surprising that there are now a whole bunch of trailers and TV spots to heighten our excitement levels. Watch the most recent full length trailer above...

The first Deadpool and Wolverine video promo was released during the 2024 Super Bowl giving us our first R-rated look at Wade Wilson's return. Plus there were plenty of revelations about the TVA, brutal fight sequences, and jokes about pegging (well, this is Deadpool).

Not only did it reveal some teases about what the next movie in the Multiverse Saga will entail, but it was also stacked full of hidden nods to the wider MCU. Check out our Deadpool trailer Easter eggs round-up for all of the ones we spotted, from a shout-out to Avengers: Secret Wars to what all those Loki links could mean.

A second trailer was shown exclusively to guests at CinemaCon 2024, before hitting the internet in April. Like the first, it boasted plenty of gore and violence, limp dick jokes, and it gave us our first look at Cassandra Nova, too. There's also a very cool nod to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man in the trailer, with one brief scene showing Deadpool and Wolverine facing off with the same fight choreography that Peter Parker and Flash Thompson used in their famous high school hallway fight.

A glimpse of new footage was also released in May, which features a hidden Easter egg in the form of a QR code that takes you to Ryan Reynolds reading an intriguing disclaimer, while shorter clips since have shown us much the same.  

Most recently, a short teaser revealed a look at X-Men villain Sabretooth although it's not clear yet which actor is portraying him. We have seen the character before played by Tyler Man in X-Men and Liev Schreiber in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Check out our guide to the best Marvel supervillains too.

Deadpool and Wolverine plot

Hugh Jackman as a Wolverine variant in the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer.

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Marvel hasn't released an official Deadpool and Wolverine plot summary yet, but from what we've seen so far it looks on track to become one of the best Marvel movies yet. Most of what we know comes from the movie's trailers, the first of which was released during the 2024 Super Bowl. It showed Wade Wilson reuniting with his friends to celebrate his birthday before being pulled through a time door by the Time Variance Authority. He's met there by Matthew Macfadyen's Paradox, who has a secretive mission for him, giving him a chance to be "a hero among heroes".

In a second trailer, which was shown behind closed doors at CinemaCon 2024 before emerging online in April, Paradox reportedly asked Deadpool to "save the Sacred Timeline", which got Loki fans in a spin. In the Disney Plus TV series, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) obliterated the Sacred Timeline when she killed He Who Remains at the Citadel, and the God of Mischief and co spent most of season 2 trying to stop its broken branches from destroying everything. If Deadpool meddles with those events, will it wipe both seasons of Loki from the canon?

We don't have a clue yet, as the subsequent teasers have offered up much of the same. But given this is Deadpool's introduction to the MCU, we're expecting some multiversal and crossover fun, especially given the second half of the movie's title. Yes, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is back following his supposed death in Logan (read our Logan review if you need a refresher), and this time he's got a very intriguing yellow suit on. While he barely featured in the first trailer, director Shawn Levy was quick to point out that the razor-knuckled mutant will play a big role in the film.

We're going to see a new side to the character in the movie, too, according to Jackman. "There are parts of the character I pitched in different versions and tried to get across – and I can’t tell you what it is. It was something I’d been scratching at, and these [writers] did it," Jackman revealed at a London press conference attended by GamesRadar+. "I feel so invigorated playing him again. I think fans are going to see a whole different side [to Wolverine] which I’m really, really excited about. These guys wrote so generously and with incredible detail and love for the character, as they do for all the characters."

"It's the third Deadpool movie, but it's not Deadpool 3," the filmmaker told Screen Rant. "It's a different thing that's very much Deadpool & Wolverine. And it's not trying to copycat anything from the first two movies. They were awesome, but this is a two-hander character adventure."

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool & Wolverine

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Some fans think that X-Men '97's Fall of Genosha arc is a clue into what Logan is going through in the new movie. In a bunch of the trailers, Wade asks Logan, "Is that what you said when your world went to shit?" Wolverine's world most likely refers to Genosha, a country where mutants can live peacefully. The Fall of Genosha, a comic book-accurate storyline, sees the country destroyed by a terrorist attack. Although, it's worth noting that this is just one of the several best Deadpool stories that may inspire the movie's plotline. 

One other thing we do know, or can safely assume anyways, is that Cassandra Nova, Professor Xavier's bald-headed twin sister, is set to be the movie's villain. Glimpsed only from behind in the first teaser, Emma Corrin's antagonist made much more of a mark in the second, as she mocked the eponymous lads over a cup of tea and, later, took down Wolverine with the flick of her hand. In the comics, Cassandra is a highly intelligent telepath like her brother, and possesses the ability to control minds, which could explain what's going on in that moment (and confirm that she is, in fact, Cassandra).

Her motives, however, remain unclear. She definitely means business, though. At one point in the trailers, she's seen stepping out of Giant Ant-Man's helmet, emerging through the mouth of a ginormous skull, which doesn't spell good news for Scott Lang.

Lastly, Deadpool and Wolverine are seen jumping through an inter-dimensional portal – you know, like the ones Doctor Strange, Wong, and other masters of the Mystic Arts can conjure up? With that, it's likely that they'll be some alternate reality-hopping in the movie.

That does track with recent comments made by Feige who has hinted that the upcoming film will crossover with more Marvel projects than just Loki. He teased that we will see Deadpool and Wolverine crossover with a "few more" MCU titles than we might be expecting. Consider us intrigued.

One thing we definitely won't be seeing (much to our dismay) is a Wolverine musical number. "An earlier pitch of the film, there was a dance number with [Jackman] set to Elton John's 'I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues,'" Reynolds revealed at the film's London press conference.

For more theories, read our breakdown of the secret history of Deadpool and Wolverine, which could be a big influence on Deadpool 3.

Deadpool and Wolverine cast

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson in the first trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine (2024).

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There are a lot of rumors online about the Deadpool and Wolverine cast, with just about everyone from X-Men mutants to Reynolds' real-life wife Blake Lively being linked to the project. But there have been some official cast announcements made either by Marvel or as seen in the trailer. These are as follows:

  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  • Hugh Jackman – Wolverine
  • Matthew Macfadyen – Paradox
  • Emma Corrin – Cassandra Nova 
  • Stefan Kapičić – Colossus
  • Brianna Hildebrand – Negasonic Teenage Warhead
  • Shioli Kutsuna – Yukio
  • Lewis Tan – Shatterstar
  • Rob Delaney – Peter
  • Morena Baccarin – Vanessa
  • Leslie Uggams – Blind Al
  • Karan Soni – Dopinder
  • Aaron Stanford – Pyro
  • Peggy - Dogpool

Now to get into some of those not-so-concrete rumors... Some of the reported additions to the cast (and take these with a healthy pinch of salt) include Jennifer Garner as Elektra, reprising her role after 20 years, James Marsden as Cyclops, Tyler Mane as Sabretooth, and Blake Lively as Lady Deadpool.

For months, fans have been claiming that Taylor Swift, who's good pals with Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, is set to appear as X-Men's Dazzler in the flick. The speculation has recently been shut down by Entertainment Weekly, though, with the publication stating that the musician isn't in the movie.

Elsewhere, Reynolds has confirmed that his Wrexham co-chair Rob McElhenney will be making a cameo in an undisclosed role. (Though we'd love it if Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia existed in the MCU).

But as is usually the case with the best superhero movies, just about everyone has been linked to this film, meaning we'll just have to wait and see who actually appears come July.

For more on all things MCU, check out our guide to the best Marvel characters and our lowdown on Marvel Phase 6 for what else is on the way.

Fay Watson
Deputy Entertainment Editor

I’m the Deputy Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, covering TV and film for the Total Film and SFX sections online. I previously worked as a Senior Showbiz Reporter and SEO TV reporter at Express Online for three years. I've also written for The Resident magazines and Amateur Photographer, before specializing in entertainment.

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