When Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, many fans of Fox properties were apprehensive. Perhaps no community was more nervous than Deadpool fans. If Disney held the contract for the “Merc with a Mouth,” then it would stand to reason that things were going to change. Some of these changes might be fun. Many fans might want to see Deadpool riff on the MCU’s deep bench of characters, especially to their faces. However, other changes might not be so fun. What would a Disneyfied Deadpool even look or sound like? There’s been no clear answer, though, as to whether there would be future Deadpool movies or if he’d interact with the MCU. This week, we found out. Ryan Reynolds broke the news that Deadpool 3 is in pre-production and that his character will be appearing under the Marvel banner.
What Ryan Reynolds Said about Deadpool 3‘ s Pre-Production
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On the Christmas Eve episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, Ryan Reynolds dropped a tiny crumb of information. Regarding a threequel to the Deadpool franchise, he said, “Yeah, we’re working on it right now with the whole team.” He also revealed that the pre-production was underway at Marvel, calling it “the big leagues.”
As for whom “the whole team” is, presumably he means Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Both men wrote the previous Deadpool films, with Reynolds scoring a writing credit for Deadpool 2. However, Fox’s Emma Watts, who oversaw the first 2 movies, won’t be handling the third. While she stayed at Fox, she’s moving on to other projects, like the future Avatar films. That doesn’t mean there’s bad blood, though. She’s still working on Reynolds on the upcoming Free Guy, for instance.
What Else to Know about the Future Adventures of Deadpool
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Since the film is in pre-production, there is still no release date. The third installment might not even have a script, after all. But besides that basic information, there’s more pressing info that fans want to know. Like, will Deadpool meet up with some familiar Marvel faces? That, too, we don’t know, but it does seem likely. With the success of the previous Deadpool movies, plus the overwhelming success of the MCU, Disney basically has a license to print money. And they don’t like leaving money on the table.
Speaking of Disney, though, we must return to the most pressing question: Will Wade Wilson join the ranks of the Disney princesses? By that, I mean, will he be family-friendly and ready for primetime? That’s certainly what director David Leitch seemed to hint when he said the next movie could be PG-13.
However, Reynolds has maintained that his character will stay his foul-mouthed R-rated self. And he’s backed up on that by Disney CEO Bob Iger, who said, “…there is room for the Fox properties to exist without significant Disney influence over the nature of the content,” and specifically mentioned Deadpool. Great, Bob.
Are your nerves a little more settled by this news? What (or who) are you looking forward to seeing in Deadpool 3? Let us know below in the comments or come use pay-channel language with us on social media.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at email@example.com.