When Disney and Fox merged nine months ago, that changed almost everything in the movie industry. And this is especially true when it comes to the fate of current Fox movie franchises involving superheroes. Since the merger, speculation has been that Marvel will restart the X-Men franchise from scratch with new actors and storylines, while integrating them into the MCU. But what about Deadpool?
During a recent appearance on Live! With Kelly and Ryan, actor Ryan Reynolds actually gave fans a little glimpse into the future of Merc with a Mouth after the resounding success of Deadpool and Deadpool 2.
Unlike the X-Men, Reynolds hinted on the morning show that Deadpool would stay on the same path. He will still play the character, and the current storyline will continue as he blends into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Yes, we are working on it with the whole team right now,” said Reynolds. “We’re at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s a little crazy. So yes, we’re working on it.”
Since Reynolds’ Deadpool is so popular, it would make sense that Marvel wouldn’t want to play around with it too much and give fans an ongoing story in Deadpool 3.
In October, Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told io9 that Marvel had promised them they could continue playing in the R-rated Deadpool universe. And, the hope is that they will allow writers to veer a bit into the MCU too, so they can “play in this sandbox”.
They added that the consensus among the writers – including Reynolds – is that Deadpool 3 must be the right idea, and that it must be great. Once they have understood everything, they will have “left for the races”.
While everything is still undetermined, Reese said that Marvel is a universe full of heroes and villains, and they would like to see Deadpool enter this universe in a fun way. The big challenge for them is how and when.
“Ryan is very busy and the transition has delayed everything because you just don’t know it,” said Reese. “[Marvel Studios] is finding the next version of the MCU, and it’s its own beast. Then you launch Deadpool in there and the X-Men and all that, and it’s crazy.”
Wernick added that Deadpool 3 will be a special project for them, and one that deserves a great idea. He said they would continue texting Ryan Reynolds until they land on it, then they will start writing.