DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Trailer Appears To Include An Obscure Variant Of A Classic PUNISHER Villain

DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Trailer Appears To Include An Obscure Variant Of A Classic PUNISHER Villain DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Trailer Appears To Include An Obscure Variant Of A Classic PUNISHER Villain

We're still finding talking points in the new Deadpool & Wolverine trailer, with the latest Easter Egg seemingly confirming the presence of an obscure villain who has fought Punisher on page and screen...

By JoshWilding - Apr 23, 2024 10:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Deadpool & Wolverine

The new Deadpool & Wolverine trailer was packed with nods to the wider Marvel Universe - you can read our breakdown of the biggest cameos here - but one we missed yesterday is now gaining traction among fans on social media. 

In the scene where Cassandra Nova steps out of Giant-Man's skull, a large goon can be seen wearing a striped shirt. Like many of you, we'd assumed that many of the villain's henchmen would be faceless Variants surrounded by a handful of bigger-name characters, but the prevailing theory is that this is The Russian. 

Portrayed by stunt actor Billy Clements, the resemblance is there, though we're a little disappointed Marvel Studios didn't find a way to enlist Kevin Nash to reprise the role from 2004's Punisher movie. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with the villain, The Russian first appeared in The Punisher #1 in 2000 and was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon.

A hired enforcer and hitman who works for various criminal organizations, including the Russian mafia, he's depicted as an imposing and seemingly unstoppable force, often relying on his brute strength and durability to intimidate and overpower his opponents.

In his first encounter with The Punisher, The Russian is sent to eliminate Frank Castle but finds himself engaged in a brutal and protracted battle. Despite sustaining severe injuries, The Russian proves incredibly resilient, continuing to pursue The Punisher relentlessly. He eventually dies at the anti-hero's hands.

We'd bet on Deadpool and Wolverine making short work of The Russian in this movie if that is indeed meant to be one of his Variants. Take a look below before you head to the comments section to let us know what you think. 

Shawn Levy directs Deadpool & Wolverine, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Emma Corrin, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, and Matthew Macfadyen. The movie is written by Ryan Reynolds & Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Zeb Wells & Shawn Levy.

The trades have confirmed that Jennifer Garner will reprise her role as Elektra, with Wesley Snipes, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Dafne Keen, Channing Tatum, Blake Lively and, as we mentioned above, even singer Taylor Swift among those rumoured to make an appearance. 

Kevin Feige, Reynolds, Levy and Lauren Shuler Donner produce with Louis D’Esposito, Wendy Jacobson, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, George Dewey, Simon Kinberg and Jonathon Komack Martin serving as executive producers.

Deadpool & Wolverine arrives in theaters on July 26.

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Origame - 4/23/2024, 10:33 AM
Or...and here me's just a guy in a striped shirt.
HammerLegFoot - 4/23/2024, 10:34 AM
@Origame - Nah I think its Mikhail Rasputin
DarthOmega - 4/23/2024, 10:59 AM
@Origame - It's crazy because I was busy trying to figure out who they all were, I didn't even notice a rotted Giant Man skull until I replayed the trailer. That's so damn dark lol. I can't wait to see what they cooked up on this film.
vectorsigma - 4/23/2024, 11:20 AM
@Origame - all the marketing and rumors/speculation for this movie is starting to get exhausting.

Might as well reveal Taylor Swift already to have the Swiftie fandom save the MCU
Origame - 4/23/2024, 11:41 AM
@HammerLegFoot - in fairness Deadpool seems like the franchise to make this just a guy. Like with Peter in 2.
HashTagSwagg - 4/23/2024, 11:54 AM
@Origame - Nah, only one dude wears a striped shirt and his name is Freddy Krueger.
HammerLegFoot - 4/23/2024, 10:33 AM
"Take a look below before you head to the comments section to let us know what you think." Josh is cooking with that line and I love it lmao
Vigor - 4/23/2024, 10:34 AM
Eh idk. The actor looks like razorfist from the photo there but I know it's not him.

I would love for Cassandra's goons to be a hodgepodge of different villains from various properties (realities). Like The Russian, Toad, stiltman, The Rhino lol
TheVisionary25 - 4/23/2024, 10:44 AM
@Vigor - that would be cool but I doubt it

I do like that she atleast seems to have Lady Deathstrike from X2 and Azazel from First Class with her.
TheMetaMan - 4/23/2024, 10:36 AM
Kevin Nash as Russian was the only highlight of that punisher movie. The character featured in the tv series and had a brutal fight with Castle in the gym. I have no doubt he’s going to get wasted in DP3 (probably by Aloith) and if that’s him that means we should expect a variant of the Punisher. The question: Is it going to be Lundgren or Jane? I doubt Berthnal would cameo in this.
TheSuperMex - 4/23/2024, 11:15 AM
@TheMetaMan - that scene with guitar was pretty great.
Matchesz - 4/23/2024, 11:36 AM
@TheMetaMan - i understand why people didnt like Tom Janes movie but I thought he was a perfect grounded Punisher and had he gotten a sequel with a bigger budget it would have been amazing.
TheMetaMan - 4/23/2024, 12:08 PM
@Matchesz - Yeah I didn’t care much for his version nor the movie. For me Berthnal is Frank Castle he is the definitive Punisher. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jane show up in DP3. That would be a nice send off for him and his fanbase.
dracula - 4/23/2024, 10:36 AM
What if they got Dolph Lungren or the cast of the roger coreman fantastic 4
Origame - 4/23/2024, 11:31 AM
@dracula - I actually really liked Lundgren as frank.
TheVandalore - 4/23/2024, 10:38 AM
I mean... Could be.
TheVisionary25 - 4/23/2024, 10:38 AM
That’s a fun Easter egg if true…

I don’t love the Thomas Jane Punisher film (though it’s enjoyable to watch imo) but his fight scene with The Russian is my favorite part of it.

SonOfAGif - 4/23/2024, 10:47 AM
If you look at the scene where Deadpool and Wolverine are walking into battle, Deadpool has Chadpool's golden guns. I have a feeling the other Deadpools were edited out of that shot because a shot later shows Dogpool licking Deadpool.
bkmeijer1 - 4/23/2024, 11:36 AM
@SonOfAGif - could be, or all thw other Deadpool variants are alreay dead
HulkisHoly - 4/23/2024, 12:14 PM
@SonOfAGif -

Good catch. There are probably wolverine variants and DP variants with them.
Matchesz - 4/23/2024, 7:05 PM
@bkmeijer1 - my guess is the big cloud wolf ate up all the other variants
mynameisn0body - 4/23/2024, 10:54 AM
where’s kevin nash?
KaptainKhaos - 4/23/2024, 10:54 AM
That's not the Russian, that's the Eastern European
YouFlopped - 4/23/2024, 10:58 AM
Oh wow! 🤯 Multiversal MADNESS 🤯🔥
TheFinestSmack - 4/23/2024, 11:00 AM
Josh, you are an absolute vulture, my dude lol
Nomis929 - 4/23/2024, 11:02 AM
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TheSuperMex - 4/23/2024, 11:15 AM
Punisher vs the Russian fight scene is one of the best fight scenes in cbm. Had a lot of weight and felt real. Not sure what Marvel plans to do with the Punisher but they should use that fight as inspiration.
WeaponXCII - 4/23/2024, 11:52 AM
I’m not so sure about this one. For one thing, facially, he looks more like Razorfist. Although the shirt is reminiscent of the Russian. The only instance that I can remember of variants not looking like the original is the Loki variants in his show, and also arguably No Way Home. Maybe there are more, but I can’t recall.

How is a character who is in a completely different setting and doesn’t even really bear much resemblance to the first iteration supposed to remind us of the original? How does that serve anyone’s nostalgia? How does any of this make sense in such a visual medium?
AnthonyVonGeek - 4/23/2024, 11:53 AM
Needs bigger boobs.
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dragon316 - 4/23/2024, 4:42 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - that is all kind fubar but
slickrickdesigns - 4/23/2024, 12:01 PM
That’s the blob Pre depression.
RolandD - 4/23/2024, 3:45 PM
If he is played by a stuntman, the odds of his character surviving, not so good.
dragon316 - 4/23/2024, 4:43 PM
I prefer Kevin nash hate to see characters be replaced by other actors sabertooth Tyler Maine is one
BobbyDrake - 4/23/2024, 5:02 PM
Tits aren’t big enough to be the Russian!!!

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