‘Deadpool And Wolverine’ – Watch (or Skip) These Movies And Shows First 

Deadpool And Wolverine is the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s long and increasingly complicated saga. And things are getting even more complicated, thanks to some business deals that have gone down in our universe.  Let’s try to explain. Disney owns Marvel Studios, which owned many – but not all – of the characters from Marvel Comics. That’s because before Marvel Studios was established, Marvel Comics licensed different characters to different companies. Disney/Marvel had the bulk of the characters: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Sony, however, had the rights to the Hulk and Spider-Man (and a few lawyers probably got nice bonuses and raises for negotiating deals between the companies to get those characters into the MCU).  20th Century Fox, however, owned two of Marvel’s most cherished properties: the Fantastic Four and the X-Men (Wolverine and Deadpool are both part of the X-Men line of characters). Even if the Fantastic Four and the X-Men teamed up with Avengers in the comic books (or in cartoons), that wasn’t going to happen on the big screen. However, in 2019, Disney acquired Fox, leading to all sorts of possibilities. (The first Fantastic Four film in the MCU is [inlink id="fantastic-four-cast" text="due in theaters in the summer of 2025"]. It wasn’t until May of 2022’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness that we saw some of the results of this business deal. In that film, Patrick Stewart reprised his role as X-Men founder Professor Charles Xavier after saying goodbye to the character in 2017’s Logan. We also saw John Krasinski playing the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic) in a bit of fan service (online fans had long lobbied for Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt to play the FF couple Reed and Sue Richards in the film). Pedro Pascal and Vanessa Kirby are playing those characters in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  In June of 2022, Marvel introduced the Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel character in the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel; towards the end of the series, we learned that she was a mutant. This revelation got a lot of attention, as the X-Men are all mutants (and the term “mutant” is the intellectual property of whoever owns the X-Men; Marvel would not have been able to make her a mutant if they hadn’t acquired Fox). And in the post-credit scenes in 2023’s The Marvels, we saw Monica Rambeau’s character transported to another universe, where she met a variant of her mother (who died in her universe), but also Dr. Hank McCoy, aka Beast of the X-Men (played by Kelsey Grammer, reprising the role from 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past).  Deadpool & Wolverine is the first film centered on X-Men that takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This may be exciting to many, but it also may be confusing. To help you out, here’s a list of films and shows that you might want to check out before heading back to theaters.  And we're also noting some of the flicks that you should skip; the quality of the X-films varies wildly. (Note: There will also be other cameos from the different Marvel films, but you probably don’t need to know too much about them to follow the story.)  

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