Ryan Reynolds has said that making 'Deadpool and Wolverine' was "easily the best experience of [his] entire life".

The 47-year-old actor is reprising his role as the 'Merc with a Mouth' for a third time since his 2016 debut, and he will appear alongside 55-year-old Hugh Jackman's mutant superhero in the upcoming blockbuster, which is directed by Shawn Levy, 55.

Discussing his experience on set, Ryan admitted he loved every minute of making the picture - which brings both characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe - because he got to work with his "closest friends".

During a Disney fan event in Shanghai, China, Reynolds said: "To make a movie together, and to have the experience be something that is easily the best experience of my entire life and incredibly profound ... but then for the film to exceed that experience, and be even more special and more emotional than anything that I've ever been a part of and funnier because it's so emotional, it allows so much of that funny to come out in interesting ways."

Hugh – who has played Wolverine since 20th Century Fox's 'X-Men', released in 2000 - agreed with his co-star, and described the experience of reprising his iconic role as "one of the greatest of [his] career".

Shawn also teased audiences could expect some of the regular pillars seen across the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but stressed the upcoming film had its own identity that was "very faithful to the 'Deadpool' tone".

He said: "I thought that making my first Marvel movie would be scary, or challenging in new ways, and it was a big task. Because you're telling a big story of anti-heroes who are also heroes.

"But I have to say: Marvel let us write the script we wanted to write and make the movie we wanted to make.

"It is an MCU movie — so it is filled with action, adventure, and big themes — but it is very faithful to the 'Deadpool' tone, which is audacious, irreverent, and always surprising."