More invulnerable characters will be introduced to the MCU in Deadpool 3, which makes the live-action appearance of one of Marvel Comics’ strangest teams even more likely. Deadpool 3 was announced to be in development not long after Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, confirmed to be bringing both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman into the MCU after portraying Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, and Logan Howlett, a.k.a. Wolverine, in Fox’s X-Men franchise. The introduction of these characters is a major development in the MCU, as the pair are both mutants who have an enhanced regenerative healing factor, making them invulnerable to things that would seriously damage most heroes.
Starting with Phase 4, Marvel Studios has been slowly introducing mutants into the MCU, with the likes of Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, and Namor already being confirmed to be mutants. Deadpool 3 is set to extend this even further, introducing two of the most iconic characters from Fox’s X-Men movie franchise into the MCU, and making the idea of mutants commonplace among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Deadpool and Wolverine’s debuts will set up many epic storylines for the MCU’s future, which could lead to the official formation of the MCU’s X-Men, as well as the introduction of other, more sinister, super-powered teams, such as the Unkillables.
Who Are The Unkillables? Marvel Comics History Explained
The Unkillables were featured during the 2010-2011 Marvel Comics run of Wolverine: The Best There Is, which saw Wolverine captured by a group of villains and mercenaries, who each have an invulnerability factor, making them incapable of dying. While villains such as Madcap, Vic Slaughter, and Mortigan Goth made up a part of the Unkillables, they were led by Winsor, a.k.a. Contagion, the adopted nephew of Doctor Doom, who had the ability to generate diseases from his body, potentially killing those around him, but being unaffected himself. Wolverine’s capture was under the guise that his healing factor could help to heal Winsor’s son, so he voluntarily underwent weeks of brutal torture.
Eventually, the truth was exposed, revealing that Contagion was actually experimenting on the Unkillables and Wolverine with various viruses in order to create a super-virus that would wipe out all life on Earth, in Heaven, and in Hell. Since Contagion’s son’s life was no longer at stake, Wolverine broke free from his capture and, along with the other X-Men, took down Contagion, leaving him to be dealt with by the Unkillables themselves, having turned against their former leader. While the team disbanded not long after, these events had a huge impact on the adamantium-clawed Wolverine in subsequent storylines, especially since his trademark healing factor had been pushed to its limits.
MCU’s Multiverse Saga Has Introduced Several Invulnerable Characters
To develop his killer virus, Contagion needed to experiment on individuals who couldn’t die by ordinary means, which is what brought so many invulnerable characters together to form the Unkillables, and why he focused his torture on Wolverine. This could become an important point to note, as several invulnerable characters are already thriving in the MCU, and even more are set to debut in Phases 5 and 6’s upcoming projects. The MCU’s Phase 4 introduced characters such as the Werewolf by Night, Moon Knight, and even Mr. Immortal in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, all of whom can’t die by ordinary means, which means they could become targets for the Unkillables.
On top of this, well-established characters such as the Hulk, Captain Marvel, and even the Scarlet Witch could be potentially considered to be immortal, since their remarkable abilities allow them to resist huge amounts of damage. The MCU’s Phase 5 will also debut one of Marvel’s most memorable immortal characters, as Eric Brooks, a.k.a. Blade, is set to appear in Blade, though the infamous vampire hunter would be a dangerous target for Contagion to focus on. When Phase 6 brings Deadpool and Wolverine into the MCU, two more invulnerable characters can be added to that list, meaning it’s even more likely that the Unkillables could come out of the shadows.
The Unkillables Would Be Great For MCU’s Official Wolverine Debut
While the Unkillables probably won’t be featured as the villains of Deadpool 3, it’s possible that they could mark the official introduction of the MCU’s version of Wolverine. One of the most burning questions directed at Marvel Studios in recent years has been regarding who will portray the MCU’s official Wolverine, since it’s highly unlikely that Hugh Jackman will continue to play the character after Deadpool 3. Setting up the Unkillables in upcoming MCU projects could provide the perfect opportunity to bring a new actor into Jackman’s iconic role, putting a new spin on Wolverine for the ever-growing MCU.
The Unkillables are one of Marvel’s lesser-known villain teams, only appearing together during a 12-issue run of Wolverine: The Best There Is, so they could be the perfect small-scale villain to introduce opposite the MCU’s Wolverine for his first official adventure in Marvel Studios’ franchise. Another key thing to consider is that the Unkillables have never been seen before on screen, not even getting a mention in Fox’s X-Men franchise, and Marvel must innovate with Wolverine’s MCU stories in order to distance the character from Jackman’s legendary performance. Deadpool 3 can bring Jackman back as Wolverine, but the Unkillables could set up the future version of the iconic hero.
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