Marvel Will Use ‘Deadpool 3’ to Pave the Way for Wolverine’s MCU Entrance: Here’s How

Ever since the Fox/Disney merger and the latter’s acquisition of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, fans have been wondering how the ever-expanding media conglomerate will bring the characters previously off-limits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Who will join the Avengers first? Will Deadpool 3 serve as a vehicle to more X-Men?

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Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Hugh Jackman attend the 20th Century FOX panel during Comic-Con International 2015 | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Will Reed Richards come to mentor Peter Parker in Tony Stark’s absence? Will sparks fly between Kitty Pryde and Peter Parker, leaving Zendaya’s Michelle Jones in the dust (there may be multiple reasons she isn’t Mary Jane). 

Will Hugh Jackman reprise Wolverine — grabbing the claws one more time to satisfy fans spanning the globe? While all remains to be seen, recently leaked information suggests that Deadpool 3 may serve to introduce Wolverine — or an alternate version of Weapon X — into the MCU. 

‘Deadpool 3’ may introduce a classic X-Men villain, making way for Wolverine 

Several rumors concerning Deadpool 3 continue circling the internet; it was recently revealed that Spider-Man may team up with Merc with a Mouth for an epic Marvel mash-up. Now, We Got This Covered is reporting that a famous villain from the X-Men world may stake his claim as a major threat once more. 

We Got This Covered — relying on the same sources who knew that a sequel to Joker was in development and that Taskmaster would be the villain in Black Widow — recently informed the outlet that Stryker may feature in Deadpool 3. If William Stryker shows up, the possibilities for expansion from such an origin point are endless; however, finding a route that does not include Weapon X is quite implausible. 

William Stryker and Wolverine are intimately connected

William Stryker played the big baddie in X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, before appearing once again in Days of Future Past. Simply put, when digging up Logan’s past, Stryker is plastered on every page.

Stryker was the head of the Weapon X project, and he is the man responsible for turning Logan into the adamantium-boned mutant he became, as We Got This Covered notes. The two characters are classic comic book archnemeses. 

As of now, Stryker’s involvement is just a rumor thought to be circling around Marvel Studios; however, if Kevin Feige and his group of creatives go down this road, they will undoubtedly pave the way for more X-Men to join the superhero soiree, as Stryker leads to Wolverine who leads to Professor X, and so on. 

Maybe, just maybe, Marvel head honchos have been holding this plan in their back pockets for quite some time. Could it be the reason we keep seeing casting rumors for various X-Men characters popping up across the internet? From Denzel Washington as Magneto to Bryan Cranston as Professor X, is Marvel Studios on a casting bender?  

Could Marvel be prepping for a major X-Men movie sooner than expected? Or, is the studio just always two steps ahead, ready for any opportunities that may present themselves?