Deadpool 3 has been one of the most curious superhero sequels on the horizon. Fans have wondered what the state of Ryan Reynolds’s next outing as the Merc with a Mouth is, and now we might have a pretty unfortunate answer.
Deadpool 3 director David Leitch (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) looks to have moved off the project and attached himself to another action film. This currently untitled project will star Ryan Gosling and will be a “stuntman genre” film. This pretty much spells the end of the director’s involvement with Deadpool 3.
Deadpool 3 just can’t seem to catch a break. The first Deadpool movie was a smash hit at the box office and Deadpool 2, which David Leitch directed, was also extremely profitable. Unfortunately, these movies were being made when the X-Men and Deadpool characters were still under the 20th Century Fox banner. After Disney acquired the Fox company, the future of Deadpool 3 was always going to be up in the air. Leitch’s departure could signal the nail in the coffin for the superhero sequel.
Granted, his decision to move away from Deadpool 3 is not a total death sentence. The first Deadpool was directed by Tim Miller (Terminator: Dark Fate) and he did not return for the sequel. The same thing could happen with the third entry in the franchise. Ryan Reynolds clearly has a deep love for the character of Wade Wilson and could court a new director to help shepherd the franchise’s third installment.
However, all of this is really going to be left to the whims of Mickey Mouse and his Walt Disney Company cohorts. It is unclear what direction the Mouse House wants to take Deadpool 3, or if their enthusiasm for the project is even there to begin with. Who knows how much a third chapter in the Deadpool series will cost at this point. Not to mention that the unavoidably R-rated nature of Deadpool’s character and world clash with Disney’s PG-13 roadmap for the other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It would be interesting to see a truly manic and deranged creative personality take the reins of Deadpool 3. While the scripts and actors from the first two films delivered the nuttiness we expect from the character, the direction certainly could have pushed the insanity even further. Very few filmmaking moments in the Deadpool films have matched the comedic impact and interesting stylistic choices that we see in the opening credits of the first film.
Hopefully, Deadpool 3 can find a new director and announce that hiring in an official capacity. As of now, the future for Deadpool on the big screen is not looking so good. If we don’t end up hearing an update from Ryan Reynolds or anyone else closely tied to the project, we might have to settle with the few Deadpool films we ended up getting. Here’s hoping that isn’t the case and we can look forward to at least one more adventure with the R-rated goofball.