Back in December, Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds revealed that Deadpool 3 had officially moved into development over to Marvel Studios.
REYNOLDS: “Yeah, we’re working on it right now with the whole team. We’re over at Marvel now, which is the big leagues all of a sudden it’s kind of crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”
While Deadpool was the only Fox/Marvel character to make the jump to Marvel Studios there had been some fan speculation that the studio might ignore previous installments and turn the character PG-13 instead of holding onto the R-rated nature of the last two films.
This fan idea was seemingly refuted by both Kevin Feige and screenwriter Paul Wernick last year suggesting that Disney isn’t really interested in messing with a good thing along with keeping the mature nature of the franchise.
FEIGE: “When we were purchased, Bob said to us, ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’. There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”
WERNICK: “Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU a little bit as well and play in that sandbox.”
While Ryan was speaking with Total Film (via Games Radar), the actor/producer says he is still getting used to being involved with Marvel and is still hopeful that Deadpool will be allowed to interact with the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe sandbox. However, he isn’t terribly certain sounding that Deadpool 3 will ultimately get made which is fair given it’s a new experience for the Deadpool creative team.
REYNOLDS: “Oh, man, I really don’t know. It’s just all so new with it being over at Marvel now, and, you know, figuring out the ins and outs as much as I can, from where I sit. We’ll see.”
“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.”
Outside of some teases from Ryan on Instagram that the film is aiming for a Phase Five release, we don’t really know what Marvel Studios plans to do with Deadpool 3 and when they want to release it.
The COVID-19 pandemic also could cause a massive shift in production schedules for Phase Four stuff as it remains to be seen if MCU films like Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3, and Thor: Love & Thunder will even be able to finish or begin filming in 2020 due to safety concerns for cast and crew across the globe.
We’ll certainly keep our fingers crossed that we’ll end up seeing both Deadpool 3 and Blade sooner rather than later, but the latter seemingly further along with writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese working on the story/script.
David Leitch said last summer he was open to the idea of returning to direct the third installment and some ideas for it.
LEITCH: “In everybody’s world, everybody wants to make it. So, if I was ever approached to make Deadpool 3, my answer would be, ‘Hell yes,’ but I think there’s a lot of things going on in the shake-up with Fox and Disney and where that whole Marvel world after Endgame is gonna be. When the dust settles, let’s hope that Deadpool lives. That’s kind of ironic, right?”
“I have a lot of ideas but I’m keeping them close to my vest so, if they ever come and I’m grateful enough for them to call, I can share all my crazy ideas.”
What a Deadpool/MCU crossover could look like is unclear at this point (despite some online rumors of him joining Spider-Man 3). Last summer, Kevin Feige left the door open for Wade Wilson and the X-Men to join the ranks of the Avengers.
What do you think a Deadpool 3 will look like and what other MCU film franchise should he show up in?