Deadpool 2 is just two weeks away, but some anxious fans have an eye towards the future — and a potential Deadpool 3. The character is in limbo, as are many of 20th Century Fox’s superhero properties, pending the studio’s blockbuster acquisition by Disney, which seems primed to throw the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and yes, Deadpool, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

It’s a time of confusion, many questions, and very few answers. We won’t know for sure what Marvel’s true plans are until the merger clears the federal regulatory process, but Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the character is a priority. That assurance hasn’t convinced everyone though, and one key figure seemingly remains unconvinced that Deadpool 3 will actually happen – Ryan Reynolds himself. The actor explained why in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“I don’t know that there would be a Deadpool 3. I really don’t…I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I don’t think that you can keep doing that…I do see him as being a part of X-Force, obviously… I just think if you’re going to do another Deadpool solo film, you’ve got to really, like, get that budget down to nothing and just swing for the fences, and break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do.” 

Cable actor Josh Brolin had said that his character has a four-film arc, starting in Deadpool 2 and then X-Force and then moving into parts unknown. But even though we don’t know what those other two films would be, it’s likely Deadpool would somehow be involved. 

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Obviously in the aftermath of the Disney-Fox deal, this takes on a whole new meaning, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the end for solo movies. If a writer comes to Reynolds with a great new take, according to the actor himself he’d be interested. 

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