The Super Bowl is a magical time of year not for sports, but for movie trailers: case in point, this weekend granted us a look at the very first footage for the long-awaited Deadpool 3, which we also found out will be titled Deadpool & Wolverine.

The trailer confirmed rumours that the Time Variance Authority, the multiverse-monitoring organisation centred in both seasons of the Disney+ series Loki, will play a key role in the film’s storyline. This third instalment in the Deadpool franchise will fold Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Deadpool & Wolverine will mark a number of firsts for Marvel Studios: not only will it be its first R-rated film, it will also be the first film to star a character that originally appeared in movies made by 20th Century Fox (the studio that owned the IP to key characters like the X-Men before Disney swallowed up the company in 2019). As part of that, Hugh Jackman will also be returning to his role as Wolverine.

“Your little Cinematic Universe is about to change forever. I’m the Messiah. I am Marvel Jesus,” says Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, in the trailer. Given the recent slate of MCU let-downs, we sure hope that’s true.

Deadpool & Wolverine releases in cinemas July 26th. Watch the trailer below:

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