Ryan Reynolds Finally Addresses Taylor Swift “Deadpool 3” Casting Rumors: What’s the Real Story?

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Following in the footsteps of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness, literally EVERYONE is talking about the cast for Deadpool 3 (officially titled Deadpool & Wolverine). Rumors have been circulating for quite awhile about names like Channing TatumElizabeth Olsen, and Taron Egerton making cameos in the new Marvel movie, but there’s one potential casting that has Twitter going crazy: Taylor Swift.

The singer-songwriter already has films like Valentine’s Day and Cats under her belt (as well as her highly-anticipated feature film directorial debut on the horizon), and thanks to Harry Styles‘ role in the MCU’s The Eternals, the popstar to superhero pipeline is something we know ~all too well.~ Here’s everything we know about Deadpool 3 — and Taylor’s potential role in the new summer movie.

Is Taylor Swift going to play Dazzler in Deadpool 3?

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In a new interview with Fandango, Ryan Reynolds finally addresses the cameo rumors…kind of. “There’s so much speculation about so many people that might end up in the film,” Ryan says. “I saw one that was convinced that Elvis is in the movie. Anything can happen and that’s sort of what I love about this universe. Surprises are the essence of Deadpool.”

The rumor that Taylor Swift will appear as Dazzler (which has been on the internet since Taylor tooka picture with the cast and crew of 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse) gained traction after a video from The DisInsider. The mutant, a singer who can turn sound into light, has been one of MCU boss Kevin Feige’s favorites for a long time.

“Many years ago I asked Kevin Feige if he were to ever direct his own Marvel movie, which character would he want to focus on,” Fandago’s Eric Davis tweeted. “He said Dazzler. He’s a big fan.”

In addition to manipulating sound and light, Dazzler (whose real name, Alison, also happens to be Taylor’s middle name) can also create holograms. “The louder the source, the more powerful the output,” says Marvel’s official site. “She can also shoot bursts of light out of her fingers, hands, eyes, and other parts.”

Not only would the character’s popstar similarities make sense, but Taylor is also good friends with Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively. Their kids have been included in Taylor’s music (like the intro to Reputation‘s “Gorgeous” and the names of folklore‘s fictional characters). Ryan lent Taylor his Deadpool suit for Halloween and both the Deadpool 3 announcement and All Too Well: The Short Film were filmed in Ryan and Blake’s house.

On February 16, the official Australian Marvel Entertainment account posted a photo of some Deadpool and Wolverine friendship bracelets, in addition to a rainbow bracelet confirming the July 25 release date. “Besties,” the caption reads. Considering Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has become known for friendship bracelets, and she was in Australia at the time, all signs point to a potential cameo!!

“There are a lot of surprises,” Deadpool 3 actor Karan Soni tells Variety. “Let’s just say a lot of people traveled to London.” While some sources are confirming Taylor’s casting and others are denying, some dazzlingfan art will have to tide us over until we get official word!

Is Deadpool 3 coming out soon?

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Deadpool 3 hits theaters starting July 26, 2024. The movie was originally scheduled for May 3, 2024, but because of the strikes happening in Hollywood, it became one of many delayed movies. It’ll be available on Disney+ later this year.

What is Deadpool & Wolverine about?

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Ryan Reynolds announced Deadpool & Wolverine with a hilarious Instagram post on September 27, 2022. “[Deadpool’s] first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel special,” he says in the video. (The first Deadpool was distributed by 20th Century Fox). “We need to stay true to the character.” He goes on to joke that despite all his brainstorming, he has no ideas for the film — except bringing back Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

“Hey Hugh,” Ryan says as Hugh crosses the background of the video. “You want to play Wolverine one more time?”

“Yeah, sure Ryan,” Hugh responds.

The announcement immediately started trending on social media (Ryan’s original post currently has 3.8M likes), and while we don’t have many official plot details yet (Marvel loves to keep their surprises, well, surprising), we do know that time travel will play a role.

Watch the hilarious, gory, and unhinged Deadpool 3 trailer here! The movie brings the classic funny-yet-gory story we’ve come to expect from Ryan Reynolds, but it also introduces newer MCU details like the TVA from Loki and the next chapter of superheroes thanks to Wolverine! We haven’t seen the X-Men in the MCU before and I cannot wait to see how they make their mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Who’s in the Deadpool & Wolverine cast?

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In addition to Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, we’ll see Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Brianna Hildebrand as Warhead, Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio, Owen Wilson as Mobius (who became a fan favorite after Loki), as well as Succession‘s Matthew Macfadyen and The Crown‘s Emma Corrin. Jennifer Garner will also reprise her role as Elektra from 2003’s Daredevil and 2005’s Elektra. Stay tuned for an updated list of the Deadpool & Wolverine cameos!

Is there a Wolverine variant in Deadpool & Wolverine?

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One of the craziest Deadpool 3 theories is that we’ll actually see multiple Wolverines — not just Hugh Jackman’s version. After the introduction of the TVA, the multiverse, and series like What If? (not to mention Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness giving us John Krasinski as Mr. Fantastic!!), literally anything is possible when it comes to casting in the MCU these days. The most popular Deadpool 3 cast theory is that we’ll see Taron Egerton and Daniel Radcliffe, both of which I will be more than happy with.

Is Deadpool’s girlfriend alive in Deadpool 3?

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Yes, it appears that Vanessa is alive in Deadpool 3 — what?! Turns out, Wade used a time device (with a little help from Warhead and Yukio) to go back and save her before she met her untimely end. However, it looks like that one decision gets him trouble with the Time Variance Authority (TVA). TBH, he shouldn’t be surprised. They don’t mess around.

Why is Deadpool 3 part of the MCU?

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After Disney acquired 21st Century Fox in 2019, characters like the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four joined the MCU. Hugh Jackman’s involvement in Deadpool 3 marks Wolverine’s introduction to the MCU. And we finally got official word that our Fantastic Four will be played by The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal, The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby, Stranger Things‘ Joseph Quinn, and The Bear‘s Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Talk about a star-studded cast!

Are you excited about the cast for Deadpool 3? Let us know in the comments and check out the rest of this year’s Summer Movies!

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