Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Wears Iconic Yellow Suit in “Deadpool 3” Photo
It might have taken two decades to happen, but our national nightmare is over—Hugh Jackman will be wearing the iconic yellow Wolverine costume in director Shawn Levy’s upcoming Deadpool 3. The first look at Jackman in the beloved, bold super-suit was revealed by the Deadpool Twitter account, showing Jackman in the costume that Wolverine wore in the comics, which became cemented as a piece of pop culture couture history in the animated series from the ’90s.
The yellow costume was also a running joke during Jackman’s years of playing Wolverine in the X-Men films. In his very first turn as Logan/Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, Jackman’s gruff mutant complains about the leather suits the X-Men have to wear. Cyclops (James Marsden), his rival for the affections of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), turns the spotlight back on Logan and asks, “What would you prefer, yellow spandex?” Burn.
Then there was a deleted scene from James Mangold’s 2013 film The Wolverine in which Wolverine opens a briefcase revealing the yellow suit. Still, we never saw him actually wear the thing—until now.
Now, thanks to not just the Deadpool Twitter account but also Instagram stories from Reynolds and Jackman, fans are finally assured that Wolverine will finally wear his true color:
Now in Hugh Res pic.twitter.com/UiuoaECMVp
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) July 10, 2023
It’s fitting that it took a Deadpool movie, one of the most irreverent franchises in the entire superhero cinematic universe, to get Jackman’s Wolvy back in yellow. As The Hollywood Reporter noted, X-Men producer Ralph Winter said that they weren’t trying to irritate fans of the comics and cartoons with Cyclops’ quip in the original X-Men movie; they were simply nodding at something they felt they couldn’t do:
“There’s a joke in the movie about yellow spandex, which was directed at the fans. It wasn’t to [irritate] them but to say, ‘Hey, we hear you. We understand what you want,’” he told SyFy Wire. “‘We understand you’d rather have everybody in the traditional garb. But we also have to make a movie that reaches a wide audience to justify the budget.’”
What makes this even more poignant is Jackman is finally wearing the yellow suit after coming out of Wolvy retirement to play the role, once more, for his buddy Reynolds. The duo did appear together in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but that was a totally different iteration of Reynolds’ Deadpool. In fact, that version didn’t speak as his mouth was sewn shut. Compare that to Reynolds’ current incarnation of the character—excessively talkative, irreverent, playful, raunchy—and you can see why both he and Jackman thought a fresh pairing would work. Unleashing the constantly keyed up Deadpool on the taciturn, no-nonsense Wolverine is rich with possibility. And Shawn Levy has already promised fans of the first two Deadpool films that even though the franchise is now officially under the Marvel Studios banner, Deadpool 3 will remain as hardcore as ever.
Deadpool 3 is slated for a May 3, 2024 release.
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Featured image: L-r: Ryan Reynolds is Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Hugh Jackman is Logan/Wolverine in “Deadpool 3.” Courtesy Ryan Reynolds/Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios