Summary

  • Marvel’s Deadpool 3, titled Deadpool & Wolverine, delivers a trailer packed with Marvel movie references and hints at a multiverse storyline with Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
  • The trailer introduces a major new villain, Cassandra Nova, a powerful psychic with telekinetic abilities who seeks to kill Charles Xavier and master the universe.
  • Emma Corrin, known for The Crown, plays Cassandra Nova in Deadpool & Wolverine, portraying a villain in the highly anticipated sequel.


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Marvel have finally released Deadpool 3‘s first trailer, and the new title – Deadpool & Wolverine – in parallel with Super Bowl LVIII, packing in Marvel movie references and promising a multiverse story for Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson. Crucially, as well as centering the dynamic between Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s returning Wolverine, Deadpool & Wolverine‘s trailer also introduces a major new villain drawn from Marvel Comics.


Deadpool & Wolverine‘s packed cast had partly been a secret, with question marks over the specific roles of big-name actors like Succession‘s Matthew Macfadyen and The Crown‘s Emma Corrin. Various set leaks also pointed towards the involvement of several returning actors from the Fox X-Men movie timeline and other Fox Marvel movies, including Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, but the Deadpool & Wolverine first look only revealed the surprise return of X-Men 2 and The Last Stand‘s Aaron Stanford (Pyro). In a not-unexpected reveal, the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine‘s villain has also been confirmed by a brief first look at X-Men character Cassandra Nova, who may be key to Wade Wilson’s TVA-sponsored mission in The Void.



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Who Is Deadpool 3 Villain Cassandra Nova?

Deadpool & Wolverine Confirms Professor X’s Evil Twin


A brief shot from the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer shows the silhouette of a bald figure from behind, sporting a huge stiff collar. The look suggests that Cassandra Nova’s look in the upcoming sequel will be a comics accurate take on the original Marvel Comics character. Interestingly, the trailer also seems to confirm that a pocket of Marvel villains, including Pyro and someone who looks suspiciously like Fantastic Four‘s Doctor Doom, ruling over The Void, which was introduced in Disney+ series Loki. Introducing Nova as their leader might make sense, but her astral powers could suggest that she represents an even bigger threat to the multiverse’s new timeline established in Loki season 2’s ending.

Cassandra Nova’s Comics Origin Explained

The bald-headed, hugely powerful Marvel villain, who boasts psychic and telekinetic abilities, is a “Mummudrai,” a species of parasites that embody the exact opposite of their “twin”, appearing in-utero before birth. Nova is introduced in Marvel Comics as the “twin” of the unborn Charles Xavier – hence the bald look – copying his DNA and creating its own host body. While not a true biological twin, Nova is essentially an exact copy of Xavier, and managed to survive his immediate attempt to kill her, eventually manifesting a new host body. Her ultimate goal was killing Charles Xavier, believing that to be the key to mastering the universe, and her first major storyline saw her manipulating Donald Trask III to commit a genocide on Genosha that wiped out 16 million mutants.


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How Powerful Is Cassandra Nova?

Cassandra Nova’s Powers Explained

Cassandra Nova in Marvel Comics


If Deadpool & Wolverine copies Cassandra Nova’s powers from Marvel Comics, she will be one of the most formidable villains ever seen in the MCU. She has superpowers comparable to those of her “twin” Charles Xavier thanks to copying his DNA. Not only that, but she arguably surpasses his powers, as her astral origin allowed her to also possess all of the powers Professor X could have had and any potential future powers he might gain. Those include telepathy, telekinesis, DNA duplication, and the ability to release her astral form from her physical body. Nova also has a healing factor and can phase through solid matter. In other words, she is a big deal.

Every Power Cassandra Nova Possesses

  • Telepathy: Mind-reading and manipulation on an infinite scale
  • Telepathic Cloak: A defensive power enabling her to avoid detection
  • Telepathic Illusions: Including illusions and psychic disguise
  • Mind Control, Mind Wiping & Mental Paralysis
  • Mind Possession & Alteration
  • Psychic & Physical Shield Projection
  • Psionic Blasts
  • Astral Projection
  • Mental Detection: can sense the presence of another superhuman mutant within a small but as yet undefined radius of himself by perceiving the distinctive mental radiations emitted by such a being.
  • Telekinesis & Levitation
  • Healing Factor
  • DNA Duplication: And the ability to amplify any stolen power.
  • Phasing


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Deadpool & Wolverine

A sequel to the highly successful Deadpool and Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth. The third film will be the first film in the franchise to be developed under the Marvel Studios banner following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Ryan Reynolds is returning to play the character, alongside Hugh Jackman, reprising his Wolverine role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. 

Release Date
July 26, 2024

Director
Shawn Levy

Who Plays Cassandra Nova In Deadpool & Wolverine


The Crown star Emma Corrin plays Cassandra Nova in Deadpool & Wolverine. The British-born actor has also appeared in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, (2022) My Policeman (2022), and AMurder at the End of the World (2023). They previously spoke about being cast in Deadpool 3, saying they “feel really excited to play a villain” in the upcoming sequel. Shawn Levy approached Corrin after seeing them perform on stage:


“I’d heard about the project but, classic Marvel, they couldn’t tell me anything about it. Absolutely nothing. Zilch. So I met him being like, ‘I don’t know what this is about…

It’s a phenomenon, and I feel really lucky to be part of it. Especially Deadpool, because I love the fact that it’s self-aware, and critical of its own inner-workings.”

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