DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE’s Primary Setting Revealed; Earlier Version Took Place During X-MEN Trilogy

Early Deadpool & Wolverine set photos offered a glimpse at The Void and, following last year’s Hollywood strikes, production resumed and even more big moments from those sequences leaked online. 

Tyler Mane’s Sabretooth was spotted squaring off with the Merc with the Mouth and Logan, as were Variants of Toad and Pyro based on the versions of the villains we saw in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies. 

Since then, we’ve had a trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine which confirmed the involvement of Loki‘s Time Variance Authority and even showed Alioth laying waste to some unknown foes. 

It’s unclear how all this will tie into the wider Multiverse Saga or what we saw in the God of Mischief’s two-season TV series; however, scooper @CanWeGetToast reports that 70 – 75% of Deadpool & Wolverine takes place in The Void. 

We really hope that doesn’t mean a repeat of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania‘s overreliance on The Volume (which was used to bring the Quantum Realm to life). Still, it’s a creative decision which opens the door to heaps of cameos from pruned Variants and seemingly confirms theories that the title characters will find themselves stranded in this wasteland at the end of reality. 

Interestingly, the scooper adds that an earlier draft of the screenplay had the movie take place during the events of the original X-Men trilogy. This lines up with what we heard early on about Marvel Studios’ plans for the threequel and we’d bet on it being too expensive, particularly when it came to de-ageing all those original cast members!

“You have two major movie stars together in a movie playing their most iconic signature roles – that is director heaven,” director Shawn Levy said last year, teasing this long-awaited team-up. “So the story, the tone, the movie itself leans into that gift of having Deadpool and Wolverine co-starring in a movie for the first time. So, we’re definitely not running away from that.”

Shawn Levy directs Deadpool & Wolverine, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Emma Corrin, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, and Matthew Macfadyen. The movie is written by Ryan Reynolds & Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Zeb Wells & Shawn Levy.

The trades have confirmed that Jennifer Garner will reprise her role as Elektra, with Wesley Snipes, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Dafne Keen, Channing Tatum, Blake Lively and, as we mentioned above, even singer Taylor Swift among those rumoured to make an appearance. 

Deadpool & Wolverine arrives in theaters on July 26.