There’s no way around it – no matter how hard you try to block your eyes, it’s impossible to blur out the reality that Marvel is in a massive slump. With two of its three 2023 titles performing horribly at the box office, the studio needs, well, a hero to rise up to the occasion. According to filmmaker Matthew Vaughn — director of, among other films, 2011’s X-Men: First Class — that “jolt” is on the way in the film now known as Deadpool 3.
Vaugh Is Unbiased
Before you write Vaughn’s comments off as just some more stoke coming from Marvel to keep the flame lit, it’s important to note that Vaughn has absolutely no professional stake in the success of Deadpool 3. With this knowledge, we can presumably take Vaughn’s words to heart and know that when he says, “I think Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are about to save the whole Marvel universe,” he means it. The Argylle director went on to call the pieces of what he referred to as “Deadpool vs. Wolverine – or Wolverine vs. Deadpool” as “unbelievable.”
Marvel Needs Vaughn To Be Right About Deadpool 3
In that statement alone, we got a tease of what’s to come for Deadpool 3. A self-proclaimed mega-fan of anything X-Men-related, Vaughn said, “All I want is for the movies to be as good as they should be,” something he promises audiences is coming in the franchise’s third installment. We certainly hope that Vaughn is right because Marvel could use all the jolting they can get to resurrect a once-adored studio.
Last Year Was Disastrous For Marvel
Just to take you on a little walk down Marvel memory lane, 2023 saw the arrival of three films from the colossal studio: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Marvels. While the final chapter in the Guardians franchise was a success with fans, the other two titles didn’t quite live up to the box office success that Marvel was hoping for. This is where Deadpool 3’s importance comes into full swing.
Delays And More Delays
Because the MCU has been set so far behind with its projects, the studio is hoping Deadpool 3 will be its saving grace for 2024. It’s been the perfect tidal wave of bad news for the studio over the last year with the writers’ and actors’ strikes slowing down productions, which we’re now seeing the ramifications of as talent exits projects like Thunderbolts. Meanwhile, the assault conviction against Jonathan Majors has made Marvel rethink how it will move forward – although it seems like they’re still going to keep Kang the Conqueror around for better or for worse.
Deadpool 3’s Story
As far as plot details are concerned, Deadpool 3 is set to follow our favorite titular anti-hero, played by Ryan Reynolds, as he’s forced to put a decades-long rivalry to the side and team up with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to fight a common enemy. Familiar franchise faces like Morena Baccarin and Brianna Hildebrand are set to reprise their characters from the first two films while newcomer Emma Corrin steps in as the main villain.
Although no teasers or trailers for Deadpool 3 have been released as of now, one is expected to drop during Super Bowl LVIII when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Deadpool 3 is slated to land in theaters on July 26.
Source: BroBible’s Post Credit Podcast