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Karl Urban will star as a Wolverine variant in Deadpool 3

Karl Urban has been fan-casted as Wolverine for many years and it looks like Marvel is finally ready to fulfill that wish for fans.

Karl Urban has been a frequent shout for the role among fans for years.
Karl Urban has been a frequent shout for the role among fans for years.

Karl Urban has had an amazing career. Recently, the 51-year-old actor became very popular for his role as Billy Butcher in Prime Video's The Boys. But before that, he starred as several popular characters on our screens, including Bones in the Star Trek reboot film series and Eomer in The Lord of the Rings films.

Now, Urban will add another iconic role to his filmography. According to Giant Freakin Robot, the New Zealand actor will star as a variant of Wolverine in the Marvel film Deadpool 3.

Urban is one of the most popular fan-cast actors to replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine after he laid down his Adamantium claws a few years ago. If this news of his casting is true, then Marvel will have fulfilled the wishes of its fans. The move would mirror John Krasinski's casting as Mister Fantastic in last year's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Like Urban, Krasinski had been touted as the perfect actor to play Mister Fantastic for many years. And last year, Marvel decided to honor fans' wishes and gave him the opportunity to embody the character, if only for one film.

Urban is the latest actor we've heard will appear in Deadpool 3. Before the Giant Freakin Robot report, there were reports that Liev Schreiber, who starred as Sabretooth in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will also feature. And after Ben Affleck was spotted on Deadpool 3's set in June, there were rumors he would reprise his role as Daredevil from the 2003 film of the same name.

Apart from them, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Garner, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen are actors we've also heard will feature in the film. At this point, we almost can't tell which casting is true and which is imagined.

At the moment, we know next to nothing about Deadpool 3's plot. Since the titular character will work with Wolverine, we think it is obvious they will team up to overcome a common goal. Given the Time Variance Authority agent Mobius M. Mobius will also reportedly feature in the film, we suspect it will also incorporate time travel in some way.

Karl Urban has starred in many iconic movies over the years, including the Star Trek reboot film series.
Karl Urban has starred in many iconic movies over the years, including the Star Trek reboot film series.

Ryan Reynolds will once again star as the titular character, also known as Merc with a Mouth, and Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine. Deadpool 3 will also see Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildenbrand, Karan Soni, and many more reprising their roles from earlier films.

Shawn Levy, director of The Adam Project and The Night at the Museum franchise, is helming the project based on the screenplay he himself wrote along with Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Zeb Wells, and Paul Wernick. He recently spoke about the dynamics between Wolverine and Deadpool.

Deadpool 3 is slated for release next May. Filming began on the project earlier this year. Unfortunately, the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes threw a wrench in Marvel's best laid plans and resulted in the suspension of production on the film. Because of this, there is a high possibility that the film's current release date is pushed back.

Whether or not Urban will feature in Deadpool 3 remains to be seen. One thing we do know for sure is he'll reprise his role as Billy Butcher in The Boys Season 4. There is currently no confirmed release date for that show but we expect it to arrive later this year.

Deadpool 3 will arrive in theaters on May 3, 2024.

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  1. Really impressed by them listening to the fans. I wanted him to be cast for the main role but I will take it. I get why people want Hugh Jackman still.

  2. He didnt play Leonard Nimoy in star trek. Nimoy played Spock. Urban played the character of "Bones". Whos real name was Leonard McCoy.

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