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Ryan Reynolds And Hugh Jackman’s Deadpool And Wolverine Salaries Are Absolutely Wild


  • Ryan Reynolds was paid roughly $22 million for the first Deadpool movie.
  • Hugh Jackman was paid roughly $100 million to play Wolverine before 2017.
  • Reynolds is set to be paid $20 million for Deadpool 3, and it is speculated that Jackman will also receive a significant salary.

Since the first X-Men movie made Hugh Jackman an international movie star, he has starred in a slew of successful movies. Ryan Reynolds has also headlined lots of movies that made lots of money, and he has also invested in many successful companies.

Given Reynolds and Jackman’s years of success, they are both able to demand a lot of money to star in movies. So, in all likelihood, they made an absolute fortune in their 2024 movie, Deadpool 3. With the trailer for Deadpool 3 having dropped during the 2024 Superbowl, fans are curious as to how much Jackman and Reynolds have made playing Wolverine and Deadpool respectfully.

How Much Was Ryan Reynolds Paid For Deadpool And Deadpool 2?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ryan Reynolds was paid roughly $22 million to star in Deadpool. The outlet also estimated that the beloved actor likely took home between $30 million and $40 million for Deadpool 2. While those figures are amazing, the story behind Reynolds cashing in like that is truly fascinating.

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After Ryan Reynolds played a supporting role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he was desperate to make a Deadpool movie. On the other hand, Fox was so reluctant to move forward with the proposed project that Deadpool almost wasn’t made.

The moment that changed everything going on behind the scenes was when test footage for Deadpool was leaked online. After Marvel and Deadpool fans were overjoyed by the test footage, Fox finally agreed to green-light the project.

Even though Fox finally agreed to make a Deadpool project, it certainly seems like they still weren’t confident in the project. After all, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Fox only agreed to pay Reynolds $2 million to star in Deadpool.


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Fortunately for Reynolds, however, his contract to star in Deadpool also called for him to receive backend points. What that meant is if Deadpool made a lot of money, Reynolds was going to cash in.

When Deadpool became a huge hit for everyone involved, Reynolds’ pay package went through the roof. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Reynolds received essentially a $20 million raise because of how successful Deadpool was..

“Reynolds’ base salary for Deadpool was a relatively paltry $2 million. His payday ultimately increased nearly 10-fold thanks to a lucrative share of the backend points. The first Deadpool cost just $58 million to make, and went on to gross $780 million. He earned enough money in 2017, roughly $22 million, to be one of the 20 highest-paid actors on the planet for that year.”

Ryan Reynolds with a huge smile
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Based on Celebrity Net Worth’s reporting, they aren’t able to definitively detail how much Reynolds got paid for Deadpool 2. However, the website claims that enough is known about the situation to estimate that he made tens of millions for the project.

How successful were X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movies as of February 2023, according to The Numbers?


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“His earnings for Deadpool 2 have not been officially confirmed but he likely earned a minimum of $20 million for the second installment. With backend points, his earnings for the second movie, which earned $785 million globally, might ultimately top $30-40 million.”

How Much Money Was Hugh Jackman Paid For The X-Men Movies?

By far the actor who is most closely associated with the X-Men movies, Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine has become legendary. With that in mind, it makes sense that according to Screen Rant, Jackman was paid roughly $100 million to play Wolverine before 2017.


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When Jackman was hired to play Wolverine in the first X-Men movie, he was a mostly unknown actor who was brought in at the last minute. As a result, Jackman reportedly only received $500,000 for that film.

In the following two X-Men movies, Jackman reportedly received raises but his pay was still relatively low for a movie star. According to reports, Jackman was paid $1 million for X2: X-Men United and $5 million for X-Men: The Last Stand.

Eventually, Fox decided to make a pair of solo Wolverine movies. With Jackman clearly in the lead role for both movies, the actor reportedly received $20 million each for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman and Wolverine
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Since Jackman only made cameo appearances in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse, little is known about how much he received for those films. However, according to Screen Rant, Jackman was paid $7 million for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The reason Jackman was paid less for that film is because that movie was an ensemble piece instead of a Wolverine project.

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Jackman’s final portrayal of Wolverine for a long time was in the movie Logan. According to reports, Jackman was willing to take a pay cut for that movie in order to convince Fox to make the movie one that would be rated R. However, it is believed that Jackman got a piece of the backend profits instead.

If you add up Jackman’s reported Wolverine earnings before Logan, he was paid $53.5 million. As a result, that means that if Screen Rant’s $100 million figure is accurate, Jackman received roughly $46.5 million for Logan.

Ryan Reynolds And Hugh Jackman Are Likely Getting Paid A Fortune For Deadpool 3

When it was announced that Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds were teaming up for Deadpool 3, that was huge news. Despite how much talk there has been about that project, there haven’t been any reports that have confirmed how much the actors are getting paid. However, that doesn’t mean that nothing is known about how much Reynolds and Jackman will likely be paid.


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In 2020, the website Giant Freakin Robot reported on Reynolds’ reported salary for Deadpool 3. According to their report, which cited gossip writer Daniel Richtman, Reynolds was set to be paid $20 million for the project.

  • The trailer for Deadpool 3 dropped during the 2024 Superbowl
  • Deadpool 3 is set to be released in July 2024

Based on how Reynolds’ previous Deadpool salaries were negotiated, it also seems safe to assume that he would also be receiving part of the movie’s profits.

It is also worth noting that Disney is clearly very excited about Deadpool 3. After all, when the company closed its merger with Fox, they instantly announced that Reynolds would be returning as his beloved superhero.

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds from the Deadpool 3 teaser
Via: Marvel Studios

Of course, the only thing that likely made Disney even more excited about Deadpool 3 was when Hugh Jackman agreed to join the movie’s cast. With Jackman playing Wolverine again despite previously announcing his retirement from the character, it seems all but certain Deadpool 3 is going to be huge.

Even though Jackman is a huge part of the excitement over Deadpool 3, nothing has been reported about his salary. Still, it is known that Jackman has been paid $20 million to play Wolverine before. It is also known that Jackman is making his long-awaited return to his most famous role.

All things considered, it is hard to imagine that Jackman would play Wolverine again without getting paid $20 million, as Reynolds reportedly is. That said, it is important to note that is just an educated guess.

Source: NewsFinale

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