Deadpool 3 Takes A Sudden Exciting Step Forward

Deadpool 3 will be Ryan Reynold's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it just got an expert pair of hands.

By Nathan Kamal | Published

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Deadpool 3 is one of the most anticipated upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films, in large part to fans wondering if the Merc with a Mouth will manage to hang onto his irreverent, gross attitude under the watch of Disney. All reports indicate that Ryan Reynolds’ third go-around with the fan-favorite character is

aiming to keep the R-Rating that the previous two films had, which will make this the first MCU movie to go for that mature category. But in different, exciting news, Discussing Film is reporting that veteran MCU production designer Raymond Chan has signed on board Deadpool 3 for production. 

While most production designers are typically not household names in the same way as a film star or director, getting Raymond Chan is a pretty big deal for Deadpool 3. Chan has worked on a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe films as a supervising art director, beginning with 2013’s Thor: The Dark World (which, whatever else can be said about it, looked pretty good). He went on to do art direction for Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. He also is credited for production design on Spider-Man: Far from Home and the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. So, in short, he has a pretty good track record for Deadpool 3.

Shawn Levy is set to direct Deadpool 3, taking over from the second movie’s David Leitch. Levy is known more for family-friendly fare like the Night at the Museum franchise with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams than movies with extended sequences of debate about whether a superhero can kill a baby, even if that baby is literally Adolf Hitler. However, he has recently been working with star Ryan Reynolds on a number of projects, including Free Guy and The Adam Project. It also is promising for the continued tone of off-color mayhem in the series that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are returning for Deadpool 3; as Ryan Reynolds received a screenplay credit for the second movie, it can be safely assumed he will on this one too. 

Barring a very out-of-character abrupt change in Marvel’s scheduling, Deadpool 3 will also be the first X-Men-related project in the MCU. Fans have been eager to see how the X-Men franchise will be incorporated into Marvel since Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox. The appearance of Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness only increased the appetite of audiences for more mutant business; considering Deadpool 3 has been rumored to have an appearance by X-Factor, we could be seeing a whole lot more of the Marvel world’s most hated and feared heroes soon. While Deadpool has always had a somewhat distanced relationship with the rest of the X-Men films (frequently humorously referred to in the films), so it will be interesting for this to be the potential MCU doorway for mutants. But if nothing else, we do know now that Deadpool 3 is going to look pretty good with Raymond Chan designing it.