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?
What we know for certain is that Deadpool 3 is happening. Ryan Reynolds first confirmed it in an appearance on Live with Ryan and Kelly. There he said, “Yeah we’re working on it right now with the whole team. We’re over at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”
The movie is happening but 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
It had been assumed that the creative team from Deadpool 2 would be back from Deadpool 3. Ryan Reynolds has been clear about wanting to keep working with him, and since there is no franchise without Reynolds, his word should be law. But he’s working with Disney now.
Disney acquired Deadpool in their merger with Fox and now they’ve handed Deadpool off to the team at Marvel, headed by Marvel President Kevin Feige. And Feige wants more control, at least according to these sources.
Reportedly Feige wants to jettison the previous Deadpool creative team of director David Leitch, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He’s set on replacing them with his own hand-picked group of Marvel movie makers. Ryan Reynolds disagrees and likely won’t do the movie without them, so chaos reigns for now.
Word is that Feige’s reasoning is something along the lines of that Deadpool 2 wasn’t quite as well as received as Deadpool 1. Both movies made way more than a billion at the box office though, and both movies were still really well received by fans and critics. That seems a thin excuse.
There’s also a rumor making the rounds that the flop of the R-rated Birds of Prey movie has made Disney and Marvel want to reconsider their pledge to keep Deadpool 3 R-rated. The previous Deadpool creative team cannot be relied on to deliver a PG-13 rated movie. They’ve already pledged to make Deadpool 3 as R-rated as ever (more on that later), so if PG-13 is what they want; Leitch, Reese, and Wernick will have to be pushed out.
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 should be back behind the camera for Deadpool 3.
The famous writing team Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have also written the scripts of the previous two Deadpool films and both Zombieland movies. These writers will be should be 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.
How will the notoriously family friendly Disney deal with releasing an R-rated movie? Apparently they won’t. Even though Disney owns Deadpool thanks to its buyout of Fox, they don’t have to slap the Disney logo on it. Talking to ScreenRant Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had this to say…
“Absolutely, because I don’t think it’ll be under the Disney banner. Like, I don’t think when you go to Deadpool 3, there’s going to be a Magic Castle that appears. I think it’s going to be under the Fox banner, so yes.“
Problem solved. We’ll all just pretend Deadpool 3 is a Fox movie now.
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?
Though the Deadpool 3’s director David Leitch has been playing it coy, star Ryan Reynolds is already talking about making the movie. Pre-production of some kind is now underway at Marvel.
Given that we don’t know when they’ll start shooting it, we have no way to know for sure when Deadpool 3 might actually be released yet. 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.
The Future Of Deadpool
All signs point to Deadpool continuing on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even after the completion of Deadpool 3. Marvel has a plan for him and that plan might include him fighting the X-Men.
Recent reports suggest that Marvel is developing a Deadpool vs. The X-Men movie. The claim from these scoopers is that the movie is still in early development stages at Marvel Studios, with the idea still being fleshed out. Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are expected to put together the Deadpool vs The X-Men script. But the intention is to create some kind of movie mash-up between Deadpool and the X-Men, perhaps as a way to introduce the new version of the X-Men Marvel has in the works. Word is that Marvel may even get the ball rolling with an introduction of new X-Men in Deadpool 3.
The X-Men have already been heavily involved in the Deadpool universe. While Deadpool hasn’t interacted in a significant way most of the X-Men as a team or big names like Professor X or Storm; Colossus has been an integral part of both Deadpool movies. Cable was a key component in Deadpool 2. Deadpool’s sometimes sidekick Teenage Negasonic Warhead is also one of the X-Men. Taking Deadpool’s involvement/sometimes rivalry with the X-Men one step further makes a lot of sense.