Wolverine’s daughter, X-23, returns in Deadpool 3; Is it true?

Wolverine daughter X-23 Deadpool 3

Ever since Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman dropped ‘that’ video, Deadpool 3 has been one of the most hyped superhero movies in recent memory. Apart from the Deadpool-Wolverine crossover, there are going to be numerous other cameos making it a cinematic event to look forward to. Now, reports suggest that Wolverine’s daughter X-23 (played by Dafne Keen) might be making an appearance in Deadpool 3. Let’s explore the rumors in detail and find out if they are true. 

Will Wolverine’s daughter return in Deadpool 3?

The father-daughter chemistry between Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Dafne Keen’s Laura Kinney, AKA X-23, was one of the significant reasons behind Logan’s success in 2017. The film gave a fitting but melancholic farewell to the iconic X-Men character.

But Ryan Reynolds turned things around when he announced that Deadpool 3 would feature the clawed mutant’s return. The crossover sparked off infinite possibilities and fan theories for cameos, all over the internet, including one for Logan’s daughter X-23

However, Dafne Keen’s character seems unlikely to appear in the film. This is because the third Deadpool movie’s events take place much before the timeline of Logan. Therefore, Logan would be younger, and Laura would not even be born.

Bear in mind that Wolverine’s return would result from a narrative device that Marvel came up with so the characters could move around timelines. So, there is still a chance that X-23 might appear in the post-credits scene or a multiverse-shifting scenario.

Possible spinoff with X-23 explained

Logan ended in a sense of ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ Towards the end, Laura joins other mutant children sparking a possibility of a new generation of X-Men characters. And who’s better than a younger female Wolverine to lead them?

Now that Dafne Keen is all grown up and no longer a child actor, the prospect of an X-23 spinoff is at an all-time high. If Marvel manages to make her cameo happen in Deadpool 3, it will catapult her as a mainstream X-Men character. 

However, X-Men’s recent installments like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants have bombed the box office. The studio heads would think twice before choosing a drastic path like replacing Wolverine with X-23. 

More cameo rumors from Deadpool 3

Regardless of whether Wolverine’s daughter X-23 returns, Deadpool 3 will feature a star-studded array of other cameos. Jennifer Garner is rumored to return as Elektra alongside either Ben Affleck or Charlie Cox as Daredevil.

Deadpool 3: Elektra and Daredevil rumored casting - Is it true?
Image courtesy of Marvel

Other X-Men actors like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, and Brian Cox could reunite with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on-screen. Thanks to the Marvel crossover, characters from the Loki series are also expected.

Some speculate the return of Chris Evans as the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four movies. Others expect Channing Tatum to show up as Gambit or Taron Egerton to play a multi-versal variant of Wolverine.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Deadpool 3 is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2024.


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