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?
Deadpool 3 is supposed to be 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 was being worked on but now Deadpool 3 seems like it’s totally up in the air. Here’s all we know about the plan to bring Deadpool back, or not.
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?
The latest is that no, they are not willing to make an R-rated Deadpool. Proven scooper Grace Randolph says that leading up to Deadpool 3, Disney/Marvel will have the character appear in other movies as a way to tone him down into a PG-13 character. That will pave the way to a PG-13 Deadpool 3.
Back when Disney first acquired Deadpool, director David Leitch said he didn’t necessarily believe there was 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.”
And also early on in the process Marvle head Kevin Feige confirmed that Disney had moved to let Deadpool be his rated-R self. But things have changed a lot since then. The production has been in chaos, many of the original Deadpool team seem to be in open revolt.
The baffling thing here is that since Disney owns 20th Century Fox they don’t even have to release it under the family-friendly Disney/Marvel banner. They could make it rated-R and slap the 20th Century Fox 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. Maybe if we all pretend Deadpool 3 is a Fox movie Disney will get out of the way and let him be rated-R.
Is Deadpool 3 Still Happening?
Since Disney’s acquisition of Fox, which incidentally gave them control of Deadpool, there have been a lot of problems. The level of infighting over what Deadpool 3 should be at Disney seems to be growing. Disney has never made a superhero movie like a Deadpool movie before and no one seems ready to actually pull the trigger.
Ryan Reynolds was asked about the status of Deadpool 3 on August 5, 2020 and he did not seem optimistic. He had this to say: “Three words. I don’t know. Obviously, everything is on pause right now.”
Oof. With a movie this big the main people involved should at least know if it’s happening or not. The fact that Deadpool 3’s star still doesn’t even know if it’s being made does not bode well.
However, on May 22, 20202 Disney’s CEO changed the header of his Twitter page to this…
Notice that’s Deadpool there in the bottom right corner, right alongside Mickey Mouse, Disney princesses, and Baby Yoda. Clearly Bob Iger considers Deadpool an important part of the Disney family. If Disney’s CEO thinks Deadpool is a priority then Disney does too and that suggests the rumors of the company dropping Deadpool 3 are unfounded. Or at least we hope.
On the flipside of that positivity, Deadpool’s creator, Robert Liefeld had been speaking out about what Disney and Marvel are planning to do with Deadpool and he indicated they weren’t going to make Deadpool 3.
Fans responded by saying that Liefeld isn’t involved in the production and Disney (true) and therefore was just speculating and doesn’t actually know what he’s talking about. Unfortunately for anyone anticipating Deadpool 3, it now seems that isn’t the cast.
Robert Liefeld recently clarified his original comments saying, “Do I know that there is no movement on a Deadpool 3 right now? I know that. Yes. And does that worry me? No. Not at all. What I did was I answered a question honestly. And what I learned this week is, just lie. Just tell people everything is lollipop and unicorns and rainbows and you’ll be better off in your life because people want to be lied to. Just because some guy goes, ‘Yeah, We’re still moving along’ that’s code for ‘There’s nothing to see here.’“
Liefeld’s previous comments make it pretty clear he’s not happy with what Disney’s doing at all. Here’s what he said before the clarification…
“You know what I would love, I would love for Ryan Reynolds to be Green Lantern again. More than him to do Deadpool 3. I would love to see him (do that).“
I’m not sure if Liefeld is actually the only person in the world who loves Green Lantern or he is just so totally disillusioned by what Disney/Marvel is doing (or not doing) with Deadpool 3 that he wants Ryan Reynolds to bail before they ruin his character. Given his later comments, it’s probably the latter. Liefeld continues…
“We got two brilliant movies, and we live in a culture that always looks forward because all they’re ever selling us is ‘next, next, next.’ It’s the fever… For me, as the fever calms down, people just need to calm down and realize that Deadpool 1 and 2 were released within two years of each other, 2016 and 2018, and I just can’t… I’m not really that crazy about Marvel’s plan right now.”– -Robert Liefeld
Basically, Liefeld thinks that Disney/Marvel isn’t putting any energy into making Deadpool 3 at all and they seem content simply to let the franchise die. He explains that even if they started making Deadpool 3 right now, which he doesn’t think they have any interest in doing, “It would come out in four years. I can’t be excited about that.” Liefeld says he “can’t gloss it up, you want to know the plan with Deadpool right now? They have a goose egg, zero, zero.”
It took awhile but Ryan Reynolds has finally started to share his feelings about what it means for Disney to have control of Deadpool. Here’s what he says about where he feels he’s at in the Deadpool 3 production process to Games Rader…
“I don’t feel like an insider at all. I think once I’m more intimate with it – if we get to make a Deadpool 3… if or when we get to make a Deadpool 3, I’ll probably have a better perspective on that. But I’m a huge fan of Marvel, and how they make movies. So when Disney bought Fox, I only saw that as a good thing. Deadpool hopefully being allowed to play in that sandbox, I think is just a win for everyone involved. But we’ll certainly see.“– -Ryan Reynolds
It’s great that Reynolds remains optimistic but it’s sort of worrying that he doesn’t feel like “an insider” given that he was one of the main creative forces behind the first two Deadpool movies. If Disney is making Deadpool 3, then he definitely should be an insider unless things are going horribly wrong.
Meanwhile this was supposed to be a movie that was all but greenlighted and now Reynolds is saying things like “if” he gets to make Deadpool 3. There should be no “if” at this point, unless things have really deteriorated badly.
Though the Deadpool 3’s director David Leitch has been playing it coy, star Ryan Reynolds has been talking about making the movie. Pre-production of some kind is was supposed to be underway at Marvel.
They’ve delayed and squabbled so long that it may be Ryan Reynolds won’t even be available to make Deadpool 3. It was recently announced that he has now signed on to do a time travel movie with Free Guy director Shawn Levy, as his next project. In addition to that, he’ll have to do a promotional tour for Free Guy, when and if the Coronavirus restrictions are ever lifted.
Basically, Ryan Reynolds isn’t going to have any time to work on Deadpool 3, at least not for a long time. Maybe Disney needs that amount of time to figure out exactly what kind of movie this will be. But it could also mean that this whole thing will simply fall apart without Ryan Reynolds there to hold it all together.
Deadpool As The New Stan Lee
Assuming Disney ever gets around to making Deadpool 3, he could end up with an even larger role in the Marvel universe. Word is that Marvel is considering giving Deadpool a cameo role similar to the one once held by the late, great Stan Lee.
Stan Lee was, of course, the creator of Marvel comics and most of the Marvel characters you love best. He cameoed in every Marvel movie up until his death in 2018.
The news that Deadpool might step in cameo similarly to Stan in future Marvel movies comes from proven Marvel scooper Roger Wardell who tweeted this…
It’s great to know that Marvel will still use Stan Lee in some capacity. I’d imagine we’ll see photos of him or occasional CGI wizardry to insert him now and then. But they should be able to have a lot of fun by having Deadpool just wander through a crowd scene or show up when no one expects to break the fourth wall. It’s something they’ll have to set up in Deadpool 3, so we have awhile to wait before any of it actually happens.
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.
The latest is that as replacements for Reese and Wernick, Feige wants to bring in Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to write Deadpool 3. Ryan Reynolds is not in favor of that and still wants Feige to butt out so he can write the movie with Reese and Wernick.
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. It also doesn’t make sense to anger your star since there is no Deadpool without Ryan Reynolds.
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.
Cable was a big part of Deadpool 2 and we’ve been hearing increasing chatter in recent weeks that he’ll return in Deadpool 3. Ryan Reynolds has stayed in touch with Josh Brolin, who played Cable and recently wished him a Happy Birthday, further fueling Cable is back rumors…
Now word is that actor Josh Brolin is actually in talks to reprise the role and he will indeed be back as Cable.
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.
Involving Wolverine And The X-Men
One thing we know Ryan Reynolds is pushing hard for and has Marvel’s full backing on is finding a way to bring Wolverine, yes Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, for at least one final cameo. In fact, rumor is that Marvel has come up with an idea on how to do this.
The idea here is that they (Marvel) would like to include a scene in Deadpool 3 where the Merc encounters and then kills off Fox’s X-Men. So not only would Jackman reprise his role as Wolverine, they would also be bringing back a number of the original actors for cameos.
Knowing the tone of Deadpool, this most likely would be played for laughs but is this how you’d want to see Wolverine appear in a Deadpool movie? Especially given the fun back and forth Reynolds and Jackman have enjoyed over the years? Fans of both would probably want a more “meaningful” interaction between the two and possibly longer than a simple cameo for Wolverine.
The Plot Of Deadpool 3
Marvel really wants to get Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To do that, word is they’re going to give the character a soft reboot.
What does that mean? Well Ryan Reynolds will still play the character and he’ll still basically be the same Deadpool we know and love but… they’re just going to pretend Deadpool 1 and 2 never happened. Marvel will just ignore them and pretend that the Deadpool we’re watching in Deadpool 3 is some sort of alternate dimension Deadpool without the history we’ve seen from him in Deadpool 1 and 2.
I’m not sure it matters, I don’t think Deadpool’s actual storyline is that important. Though that may mean we won’t get to see characters like Teenage Negasonic Warhead anymore, which would be a bummer. We’ll see.
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.
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.