Deadpool 3: When Will We See This Ryan Reynolds Movie?

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Deadpool 3 currently does not have a release date, but has added Shawn Levy as the director to team back up with Ryan Reynolds.

By Liana Keane
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Deadpool 2 was released in theaters May 18, 2018. Since that moment, the world (and Ryan Reynolds fans) have 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? Now we’re starting to get answers.

SHAWN LEVY IS DIRECTING DEADPOOL 3

In March 2022, THR reported that a director for Deadpool 3 had finally been found, and it was someone with whom Ryan Reynolds had already collaborated with for two successful features. Shawn Levy — who directed Reynolds in 2021’s Free Guy and 2022’s The Adam Project — was tapped to bring the Merc with a Mouth back for one more bloody mess.

In the same story, THR noted that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who worked on the previous two films, were coming back to work on the Deadpool 3 script.

DEADPOOL 3 WILL BE DARKER THAN PREVIOUS MOVIES

deadpool chair

According to We Got This Covered, it sounds like Deadpool 3 could be going a darker route with its story. The report does specify that this does not mean that the movie will abandon the series’ trademark humor, but it does say that the third entry is set to tackle some heavier fare than what’s usual for these movies.

One has to wonder if the Merc with a Mouth’s inclusion into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will necessitate some weightier material. Could Wade Wilson be losing some of his friends in the transition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? And exactly how dark will this R-rated franchise be willing to go?

RYAN REYNOLDS IS RETURNING AS DEADPOOL

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson

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.

JOSH BROLIN COULD RETURN FOR DEADPOOL 3

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. Now word is that actor Josh Brolin is actually in talks to reprise the role and he will indeed be back as Cable. As of the summer of 2021, that was still what was being said, though without confirmation from the studio.

Cable
Josh Brolin 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.

DEADPOOL 3 PLOT COULD MEAN A SOFT REBOOT FOR THE CHARACTER

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.

DEADPOOL 3 WILL BE RATED R

Deadpool 3 rating

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?

Originally, it appeared they were not willing to make an R-rated Deadpool. Proven scooper Grace Randolph said that leading up to Deadpool 3, Disney/Marvel would 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.”

But also early on in the process Marvel 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.

Finally, it was reported by Variety that Deadpool 3 would, in fact, be Rated-R. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that they would be doing the movie “their way” and it would stay in line with previous iterations for the character. This is great news for Deadpool fans seeing as how the tone of the character and Reynolds’ ability to be completely inappropriate was a big reason for the success of the franchise.

DEADPOOL CREATOR ROBERT LIEFIELD DIDN’T LIKE THE DISNEY PLAN

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool

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 quickly grew out of control. Disney has never made a superhero movie like a Deadpool before and no one was eager to actually pull the trigger.

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 case.

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 continued…

“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 thought that Disney/Marvel wasn’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 a while but Ryan Reynolds had finally started to share his feelings about what it means for Disney to have control of Deadpool. Here’s what he said about where he felt was 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 was great that Reynolds remained optimistic but it was 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.

DEADPOOL COULD BE MARVEL’S NEW STAN LEE

Stan Lee

In addition to making Deadpool 3, the character 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 claiming that was in Marvel’s future, though he later deleted the post.

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 a while to wait before any of it actually happens.

HUGH JACKMAN COULD RETURN AS WOLVERINE IN DEADPOOL 3

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.

DEADPOOL 3 COULD FULLY INTRODUCE THE X-MEN

Beyond Deadpool 3

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.

DEADPOOL 3 DOES NOT HAVE A RELEASE DATE

While Disney has yet to announce a release date, Kevin Feige had said that filming will begin in 2022. During an interview in the summer of 2021, Ryan Reynolds put the odds of filming Deadpool 3 in 2022 at 70%.

Disney’s release schedule has an opening in May 2023. Some are hopeful to see it filled with a Deadpool 3 release date, but we will have to wait for filming to at least begin before we’ll get the official word.

And recently, there is, even more, to suggest that we are still a long, long way off from seeing Deadpool 3 hit screens. Back in October, Ryan Reynolds announced that he was taking a break from acting for the foreseeable future. While he wasn’t specific on the timeline for what he called a “sabbatical”, it would sure appear he doesn’t have any major production lined up anytime soon.

This would sure seem like the original hope around a May 2023 release is put in serious doubt. With nothing coming up on the schedule for the Ryan Reynolds movie and the Marvel Cinematic Universe seeming planned out well into the considerable future, it doesn’t appear as if Deadpool 3 is the top priority right now.