Deadpool 3 Director Reveals How Violent Disney Will Let It Be

By Jennifer Asencio | Published

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Disney may be backing Deadpool 3, but the franchise isn’t toning down its violence. Variety reports that director Shawn Levy found maintaining the franchise’s R-rating was part of accepting the deal. Shooting for the movie is set to start in May 2023, with an opening date of November 2024.

The Deadpool franchise is known for its irreverent violence and gory mayhem, which is played for comedy in the films as the titular hero comments about it all to the audience on the other end of the camera lens. However, that was before Disney bought the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Deadpool 3 will be the anti-hero’s first outing under the flag of the Mouse House. Nevertheless, Levy says that Disney was very generous in their offers of assistance with the production, and was happy to “let Deadpool be Deadpool.”

Shawn Levy is an actor, director, and producer who is most recently known for his work on Stranger Things, where he has a large producing credit and directed 10 episodes of the Netflix series. He has also worked with Ryan Reynolds prior to Deadpool 3, in the movies The Adam Project and Free Guy. He is well-poised for his first entry into the franchise due to his prior working relationship with its star.

“We are writing, rewriting, developing, prepping ‘Deadpool’ every day now,” the director told interviewers of Deadpool 3. “It is such a blast to laugh every day. It is so delicious to hear and write and come up with these scenes where people are just talking foul. And the violence is in your face and hardcore, and it’s very much a ‘Deadpool’ movie.”

This installment also marks the first appearance of Wolverine in a Deadpool movie, reuniting the two stars in their Marvel roles after the much-reviled pairing appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Fans are very excited about Logan being a part of Deadpool 3 because Hugh Jackman was said to have retired from the role after Logan, but will be reprising it to appear with the invincible assassin. These two, and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, are the only roles that have been announced in the movie so far, although Zazie Beetz and Josh Brolin are expected to return as Domino and Cable.

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in Wolverine: Origins

When last we left the wise-cracking assassin, he had obtained Cable’s time-traveling device, and it seems that temporal shenanigans will be a part of Deadpool 3. Matching the deadly jester with the more serious X-Men alumnus also promises the chaos will be greater than ever since they are both nearly indestructible and extremely lethal. It will be a lot of fun for audiences to see how the cynical Wolverine deals with the more playful Deadpool as they work together to fight a common enemy.

The movie Logan featured the death of the adamantium-clawed hero, causing some to wonder how he could be in Deadpool 3. At this time, what is known is that the new Deadpool will take place in modern day, while Logan took place in 2029, far enough in the future to account for Wolverine’s presence. It is also easy to speculate that time travel could feature in reviving Wolverine.

Since production hasn’t even started yet, all fans know is that production is ready to go, confirming that this movie will definitely be made. The current release date is scheduled for November 8, 2024, giving us plenty of time to guess who else might be in it and what it might be about. What we do know, however, is that Deadpool 3 will have the same R-rated charm that has defined not only that franchise, but reinvented the superhero movie.