Deadpool 3: Exactly How Many Superhero Cameos Will We See?

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Deadpool 3 might go heavy on mutant cameos, but it is still going to be a two-man show.

Photo: Ryan Reynolds/Disney

Published on Oct 30, 2023

Deadpool 3 is, at its heart, a comedy — one that never lets go of the “it’s just a movie” narrative in favor of adopting a deeper, darker story that wants the viewers to root for the hero (or the antihero, in this case.) And this has worked on two previous outings: the first film was the Merc’s blemished origin story, which left him with an undying body and superpowers at the cost of looking like “an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado…not gently.” Ryan Reynolds’s ability to bring out humor at the bleakest of moments shines through the film, but the focus remains on building the cinematic version of Deadpool as someone who’s good at heart.

The antihero is growing increasingly unhinged, having no qualms about murdering a baby who would grow up to become a mass murderer. “Deadpool 2” is a more conventional superheroes vs. supervillains story — one having time travel at its core. The two outings redeemed Reynolds from his previous ill-fated appearance as Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Things have since come full circle: Hugh Jackman is returning to play a seemingly more comic-accurate version of Wolverine in “Deadpool 3,” but the movie has bigger plans still. It’s a pivotal step for Marvel as it lays the foundation for a new X-Men franchise. And to test the waters, the studio plans a cameo-laden superhero fest. At least that’s what the rumors suggest.

The Multiverse of Madness has thrust open the gates to Fox’s world of Mutants. Patrick Stewart’s Professor X(avier) and John Krasinski’s Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic have already made an appearance and Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel was confirmed to be a mutant — but both will likely pale in comparison to “Deadpool 3” band of mutants.

The multiverse has made things more eventful, confusing, and downright unpredictable. Could it mean that Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey or Halle Berry’s Strom could join Wolverine in his comeback? Unlikely. But this doesn’t mean a complete lack of familiar faces.

As confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter in July, Jennifer Garner will reprise her role as Electra Natchios (from Ben Affleck’s “Daredevil”) in the upcoming Deadpool film. Along came the rumors of Ben Affleck’s appearance as Daredevil — although they were quickly shut down with Charlie Cox’s return. Other notable names that have been thrown around include:

  • Dafne Keen’s X-23 from “Logan”
  • Channing Tatum as Gambit
  • Brian Cox as William Stryker
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch
  • Ian McKellen as Magneto

Even more online mayhem ensued when reports of Taylor Swift’s appearance as Dazzler surfaced. The singer has been enjoying the highs of her recent tour and album, and her cameo would only bring more fans to the theaters. Going by Deadpool’s history, however, these could be no more than minute-long cameos that meet an ill-fated death.

Director Shawn Levy has decided to give these rumors the “no comment” treatment. That is, until his recent appearance on SiriusXM (via Comicbook), where he more or less confirms some of the rumors. “A lot of the internet rumors are completely false, but some of them aren’t,” he said. However, he also reinstated that the film is about the antics of the Deadpool and Wolverine duo, and no cameo intends to steal the limelight.

While previously slated for a 3 May 2024 release, “Deadpool 3” has reportedly been pushed back due to the actors strike.