Deadpool 2 was released in theaters May 18, 2018. Since that moment, the world has been asking when Deadpool 3 will be released. Who will direct? Who will script it? And most of all, what do all the superhero genre changes at Disney and Marvel mean for our beloved superheroes, especially the Merc with the Mouth?
We are still early on in the work to get Deadpool 3 to theaters. Here’s all we know about the plan to bring Deadpool back.
Deadpool 3’s Creative Team
With an action packed comedy like those in the Deadpool series, it makes perfect sense to hire a director with heavy stunt work experience. David Leitch made his debut as a director in 2014 as a co-director on John Wick, though only Chad Stahelski was credited as a director. Since then, he has directed Atomic Blonde, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and of course, Deadpool 2 and a few Deadpool short videos. Leitch will be back behind the camera for Deadpool 3.
The famous writing team Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have written the scripts of the previous two Deadpool films and both Zombieland movies. These writers will be back in action for Deadpool 3.
Deadpool 3’s Returning Cast
There would be no Deadpool movie without Ryan Reynolds. While this statement is true because he’s done a great job, it’s also true that Reynolds has publicly declared his love of the superhero franchise enough times to assure us all he will stick with it and remain committed to doing his part to create the best Deadpool 3 possible. Ryan Reynolds is Wade Wilson. Wade Wilson is Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool.
No one else has been confirmed to return for Deadpool 3, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been speculation. Fans are expecting a full cast for this film. Though most believe Hugh Jackman is done playing Wolverine, even he may be convinced to return for this film.
The previous Deadpool movies introduced a long list of amazing cast members. Characters like Colossus (played by Stefan Kapičić), Cable (played by Josh Brolin), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand), and Russell (played by Julian Dennison) are all fan favorites that would be exciting to see return.
Another critical part of Wade Wilson’s world is Vanessa as played by Morena Baccarin. While she has been long dead, that hasn’t stopped her from being a presence in the past. Expect some sign of her, in one form or another, in Deadpool 3.
The Plot Of Deadpool 3
As part of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Deadpool finds himself under the ownership of the family friendly Mouse company and back in the influence of its parent company Marvel (a Disney subsidiary). Anxiety hit the fanbase hard on what this would mean for the normally R-rated films in this franchise. Is kid-focused Disney willing to make a rated-R Deadpool?
Director David Leitch says he doesn’t necessarily believe there’s a conflict. He says, “It’s rated R so that’s not necessarily the [MCU] brand but he doesn’t necessarily need to be R and [Disney] don’t necessarily need to only make PG-13 movies… I think we’ll find a happy ground.”
But it turns out Deadpool did not need to compromise. Rather than watering down Deadpool to fit Disney, Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirms that Disney has moved to let Deadpool be his rated-R self. Deadpool 3 will be rated R, reassuring fans everywhere that the Merc with a Mouth will remain entirely inappropriate, exactly as he has been in past Deadpool movies.
As for how they’ll use that R-rating, that’s yet to be determined. Ryan Reynolds has been on social media and in interviews, teasing his fanbase with promises that the third film will be taking an entirely new direction. He hasn’t offered much detail on what that direction may be.
It could be that a third Deadpool movie will include more of the side characters we met in Deadpool 2, like Cable. In the comic books, Wade’s daughter plays a pivotal role that fans have speculated may be addressed in the next Deadpool movie.
When Will Deadpool 3 Be Released?
Deadpool 3’s director David Leitch, has said in interviews that he hasn’t spoken much with Disney about the production of his sequel. This isn’t promising news for getting the film out there anytime soon. Leitch says he’s being patient and these situations often take time. This is especially true with everything that the MCU has in production right now. Deadpool 3 is happening, but it’s not yet a priority for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Despite this, there have been rumors that the film may be in the early stages of production. These are mostly based on the opening of an LLC by Disney called “Finger Gun Productions LLC”. Fans have speculated this production company could be used for the production of Deadpool 3, but others suspect it could be for the Hawkeye franchise, which is set to be released sooner exclusively on Disney Plus.
Given that we don’t even know when they’ll start making it, we have no way to know when Deadpool 3 might actually be released. Marvel made a big Phrase 4 announcement at the August 2019 Comic-Con, without any mention of Deadpool 3.
This means Deadpool 3 will likely be a Marvel Phase 5 superhero movie, which doesn’t begin rolling out product until February 2022.