You would all agree that the hype for Deadpool 3 is at an all-time high since its trailer is expected to be released at Super Bowl 2024 this weekend. Now, since we are all fans of the Merc with a Mouth over here, we would want to have the full experience of the movie. Like come on, none of us would like not to understand the jokes and tomfoolery Deadpool is going to throw on screen. So, to prevent that from happening, let’s check out the seven movies you should watch before Deadpool 3 to have a complete and fun experience of the upcoming movie!
1. X-Men (2000)
X-Men (2000) was the first live-action adaptation of X-Men and was also the movie that brought us Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. This movie is special because a lot of recurring characters in the X-Men franchise made their debut with this movie and are to date fan favorites.
Now you might ask why we need to watch this before the third Deadpool movie. The answer to that is quite simple, this movie is the place where it all began. To understand the X-Men movies timeline, which is now being merged into the MCU, you need to know where it came from. Hence, this movie comes into the picture.
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Hugh Jackman’s debut as Wolverine was so successful that he got his standalone movie. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one movie you should watch before you delve into the Deadpool franchise altogether let alone Deadpool 3. The reason for this is simple, this movie is where it all began.
This film is where the first ever appearance of Deadpool was made with Ryan Reynolds. This adaptation was so trashy that Ryan Reynolds took it personally to show Deadpool in his prime, thus, giving birth to the Deadpool franchise. A lot of jokes in Deadpool movies referenced this movie, and in Deadpool 2, Wade literally went back in time to kill this version of Deadpool. So, as far as I think, you guys should give it a watch if you already haven’t.
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Watching X-Men: Days of Future Past is essential to understanding the character development Wolverine went through. This movie revolves around a dystopian future where mutants are almost extinct. Using Kitty’s abilities to phase someone through time, Wolverine travels back in time to prevent the events that would lead to such a future.
As far as I think, this movie features one of the best representations of the depth the character of Logan carries. The sole purpose of my suggesting this movie to you guys is to sum up the gradual character development seen in Wolverine.
In the first X-Men film, we see him as a mindless and angry brute, the Days of Future Past shows us his capability of being a leader. However, this movie puts him in the place of a leader, and it’s rather beautifully portrayed in my opinion.
Now if you are planning to watch Deadpool 3, you most probably have already watched the first Deadpool movie. This movie is arguably the best anti-hero movie I have ever seen. I have said it once and I will say it again, no one in this world can play Deadpool better than Ryan Reynolds.
This movie serves as an origin story for the hero and is probably the first time we have seen a Marvel character break the fourth wall in live-action. Deadpool is technically the first time the X-Men universe was revived since we got to see Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus trying to mentor Deadpool in the movie.
Logan is one of those movies that’s extremely close to my heart. Logan is one of the best Superhero movies out there. This film shows us an old Wolverine who stumbles upon a kid, genetically mutated with Logan’s DNA. This gives her the same powers as he does and technically makes her his daughter. Now, the reason people are hyped for Deadpool 3 is the death of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in this movie.
However, the version of him we will see in Deadpool will be a different one. It is super exciting since no one expected to see Jackman return in this role. You should watch this movie to understand the hype behind the appearance of Jackman in Deadpool 3.
Also, certain recurring references to Logan we have seen in Deadpool 2 might carry forward to the third part of this franchise.
6. Deadpool 2
Of course, if you are going to watch Deadpool 3, you should watch Deadpool 2. This movie is quite literally setting the stage for the upcoming sequel. Towards the end of Deadpool 2, we see Yukio and Negasonic Teenage Warhead fix Cable’s time-traveling device for Deadpool. He uses it to go back in time and change a lot of things. He saves his girlfriend from dying, he kills the inferior version of Deadpool, and a lot more stuff.
As far as my assumption goes, the events that we will get to see in Deadpool 3 will be a result of all the mess he made during his time travel. So, to fully understand the upcoming movie, you should definitely give Deadpool 2 a rewatch.
7. The Marvels
The Marvels as such does not have any direct link to Deadpool 3. And if you are not interested in watching the whole movie, you can just skip to The Marvels post-credits scene. It features the first-ever appearance of X-Men in an MCU movie.
We get to see Binary along with Beast taking care of Monica Rambeau, who had travelled to a different universe altogether. There’s a strong possibility that Beast and Binary will appear in the upcoming Deadpool 3 movie since it’s already confirmed that Deadpool 3 is going to feature the characters from X-Men.