5 best Marvel movies to watch before “Deadpool & Wolverine” hits theaters

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “Deadpool & Wolverine” marks the climax of Fox’s X-Men series and the entry of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool into the MCU. Previously, Fox held rights to X-Men characters, including Deadpool.

Fox’s acquisition of Disney now integrates those characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool join the MCU, bidding farewell to early superhero cinema.

“Deadpool & Wolverine” navigates the complexities of merging two complicated film franchises. Bringing together Fox’s X-Men and Marvel Studios’ superheroes is not simple.

Understanding the backstory may require some preparation before watching the film. So here are the five best Marvel movies to watch before “Deadpool & Wolverine” hits theaters.

Deadpool (2016)

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Ryan Reynolds, Stefan Kapicic, Greg LaSalle, and Brianna Hildebrand in “Deadpool” (Disney+/@joelederer)

In “Deadpool”, the character of Wade Wilson is faithfully reimagined from the comics, redeeming his much-criticized portrayal in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. The film delves into Wade’s journey, from his final cancer diagnosis to the experimental therapy that gives him superpowers, along with the disturbing aftermath.

The film also explores Wade’s significant relationships, especially with Vanessa, his central love interest. Their bond drives many of Wade’s actions and motivations. The film’s unique blend of humor, breaking the fourth wall, and intense action sets it apart from traditional superhero movies.

Understanding these fundamental aspects – Wade’s origin, personality and key relationships – is essential to fully appreciate his character and the anticipated story developments in “Deadpool & Wolverine”.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

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Ryan Reynolds and Zazie Beetz in still “Deadpool 2” (@twentiethcenturyfox)

“Deadpool 2” is essential viewing before “Deadpool & Wolverine” because it deepens Deadpool’s relationships and introduces elements crucial to the upcoming sequel. The film expands Wade Wilson’s circle of friends, who play integral roles in his world and influence his motivations, as suggested in the “Deadpool & Wolverine” trailer.

The use of time travel in “Deadpool 2”, especially through Cable’s device and Deadpool’s subsequent manipulation of it, has significant implications for the sequel. These actions set off a chain reaction that Deadpool will face in the next installment.

The trailer suggests that “Deadpool & Wolverine” will directly follow these events, continuing Wade Wilson’s journey with his established friends and facing consequences related to timeline changes.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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Hugh Jackman in a still from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (@twentiethcenturyfox)

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” marks Deadpool’s first appearance on screen and the only time he has met Wolverine.

The film’s depiction of Deadpool, especially with his mouth sewn shut, sparked controversy and was humorously referenced in subsequent Deadpool films. With Wolverine now joining Wade Wilson, “Deadpool & Wolverine” will likely continue this trend.

The film serves as a nostalgic reference point, offering context for inside jokes and references expected in “Deadpool & Wolverine.”

Given Deadpool’s style of breaking the fourth wall, he’ll probably make fun of their infamous first encounter. Watching “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” also highlights the efforts of Ryan Reynolds to revive the character of Deadpool in a more faithful and successful portrayal.

Logan (2017)

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Hugh Jackman in photo shoot of “Logan” (Disney+/@benrothstein)

Before watching ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’, it is essential to see ‘Logan’, which marks the touching end of Hugh Jackman’s journey as Wolverine.

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman claimed that the death of Wolverine in “Logan” is final, implying that the Wolverine in “Deadpool & Wolverine” might be from an earlier timeline or an alternate version. Deadpool is expected to directly acknowledge this in the storyline.

The “Deadpool & Wolverine” trailer hints at scenes near where Logan met his end, linking the two films closely. “Logan” provided a powerful and emotional conclusion to Wolverine’s story, and “Deadpool & Wolverine” plans to build on this legacy, continuing Jackman’s farewell in a new context.

Understanding the themes and story of “Logan” is crucial to fully appreciate Jackman’s role in “Deadpool & Wolverine.”

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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Robert Downey Jr in a still from “Avengers: Endgame” (@disney+)

Before watching “Deadpool & Wolverine” it is important to see “Avengers: Endgame”, which presents a Time Heist storyline with significant implications for the MCU. The Time Heist involves taking Infinity Stones from various points in time, a plot element that could influence Deadpool’s mission and involve the Time Variance Authority (TVA) in “Deadpool & Wolverine”.

While Deadpool’s time travel in “Deadpool 2” sets the stage, issues stemming from the Time Theft may need addressing by Deadpool and the TVA.

The ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ trailer includes items such as Ant-Man’s helmet and Doctor Strange’s portals from ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Understanding their roles and importance in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will strengthen their integration into the Deadpool universe.

“Avengers: Endgame” explores intricate time travel mechanics and their impact on the MCU, laying the groundwork for the potential crossover and adaptation of Deadpool in this complex timeline and the universe-blending story of “Deadpool & Wolverine.”

“Deadpool & Wolverine” trailer.

“Deadpool & Wolverine” hits theaters on Friday, July 26

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