Ryan Reynolds Shoots Down Sequel To One Of His Most Successful And Beloved Movies

Ryan Reynolds responds to questions about a potential Free Guy 2 saying he doesn't think the film needs one.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy (2021)

While Deadpool fans may still be riding high knowing that a Deadpool 3 is on the way, Ryan Reynolds followers who appreciate the actor for his work in other beloved titles are going to hate this news. According to Variety, the Spirited star was answering questions while making an appearance at London’s Just For Laughs comedy festival when he was posed with a quandary about sequel possibilities for any of the films he’s previously backed including Free Guy. While Reynolds admitted that there was “the potential to do a sequel to Free Guy,” he doesn’t necessarily think that every great project needs a next chapter.

“Sometimes it’s OK to just do a movie and have it kick a** and then everyone go home,” Reynolds said, adding that he was “resisting the urge” to do a sequel just for the heck of it. When it comes to follow-ups, Ryan Reynolds thinks that sometimes they’re put in place to “validate” the original production, something he doesn’t believe is needed for Free Guy and several other films in which he holds credits. “The first movie validates the first one,” Reynolds said before backtracking and restating that those involved are “still talking about” a sequel.

Another major title from Ryan Reynolds’ past that was brought up during his panel was Green Lantern with the actor reminiscing on how the feeling he got while attending the premiere was not one that he ever wants to experience again. The movie had all the star power, storyline, and talent of a sure-fire hit, but the film was a major flop at the box office and Reynolds revealed that it suffered from “too much time, too much money.” While he hated the final copy, Reynolds says that “shooting the movie was a lot of fun,” but that what made it into theaters didn’t come close to delivering. 

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Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern (2011)

Green Lantern was considered by the actor to be one of the biggest mistakes of his career, and the end credits scene of Deadpool 2 poked fun at the movie by having the titular merc murdering Ryan Reynolds after he finished writing the script (even though Reynolds was not one of the screenwriters on the project). Even with all the vitriol thrown at the film, fans have been wondering if James Gunn and Peter Safran would bring Reynolds back into the fold following their DC takeover and planned revamp. Thankfully, James Gunn recently put those rumors out to pasture with a resounding “no,” shooting down the possibility of Reynolds being sought out to play the superhero ever again.

And, while it’s fine and even great for Ryan Reynolds to never have the pressure of making right on Green Lantern, it’s even better for fans of Marvel who are celebrating the return of the crass and wisecracking Deadpool for the franchise’s upcoming threequel. The movie, which is set to begin filming this spring, will bring Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the fold along with the possible return of characters like Domino (Zazie Beetz), Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), Weasel (Brianna Hildebrand), and Cable (Josh Brolin). Due out in 2024, the film hasn’t released a synopsis at this time, leaving audiences in the lurch about what shenanigans Deadpool will get into and how Wolverine will be involved in the storyline.

One of the most highly sought-after actors in Hollywood, even without strong prospects for a sequel to Free Guy, audiences can rest easy knowing that there’s plenty more Ryan Reynolds on the way. Along with Deadpool 3, it was recently revealed that the actor will be starring in a new musical comedy titled Boy Band – which is exactly what it sounds like.