Deadpool 3 Making A Terrible Change For Ryan Reynolds

Because of the Writers' Strike, Ryan Reynolds cannot improvise dialogue while filming Deadpool 3.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Ryan Reynolds will have limited creative freedom during the filming of Deadpool 3. The actor, who has played anti-hero Wade Wilson since 2016, is considered a writer on the franchise, having contributed to the original film and its sequel. Due to the ongoing writers’ strike, the actor will be unable to rely on his improvisation skills.

According to Yahoo! Entertainment, any attempts by Ryan Reynolds to deviate from the Deadpool 3 script could be considered strike-breaking according to rules set out by the Writers Guild of America. While Reynolds could argue that he is simply fulfilling his duties as an actor or producer, the current situation discourages multi-hyphenate creatives from engaging in any writing-related activities.

As a result, the “written by” credit attributed to Ryan Reynolds will likely pose a challenging obstacle to overcome for Deadpool 3. The extent to which this will impact Reynolds’ portrayal of The Merc with a Mouth remains uncertain. However, it will be a change from how he has previously played the character.

Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins
Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Ryan Reynolds previously reflected on his experience filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine during the 2007/2008 writers’ strike, highlighting the absence of creative direction.

“So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, no anything. Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself because, in the script, it said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ I was like, ‘What am I supposed to do with that?’”

-Ryan Reynolds on filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine

However, Ryan Reynolds’s inability to rely on his trademark improvisation style may not be a massive problem for Deadpool 3 as the film is more of a Wolverine story. The news comes by way of Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld who shared the information on social media. “Also, just FYI – this is WAY more of a Wolverine movie,” he said in a tweet.

As such, Ryan Reynolds may have fewer opportunities to showcase his improvisational skills in Deadpool 3 compared to his previous outings as the iconic anti-hero. The film’s plot is being kept tightly under wraps. The official synopsis provides few details, saying, “Wolverine is recovering from his injuries when he crosses paths with the loudmouth, Deadpool. They team up to defeat a common enemy.”

Shawn Levy directs the movie from a script he co-wrote with the writing team of Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Zeb Wells, and Ryan Reynolds. Development on a third Deadpool movie began in November 2016. However, the project was paused after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in March 2019.

As a result, control of the character was subsequently transferred to Marvel Studios, who embarked on the creation of a new film. With Ryan Reynolds set to reprise his role as the titular character, Deadpool 3 aims to seamlessly integrate the anti-hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe while preserving the R-rating that characterized the previous films.

Starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 3 are Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, and Karan Soni. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2024. It will be the first film of Phase Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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