Everything We Know About Deadpool 3

Updated: March 1, 2021

Marvel Studios is moving forward with Deadpool 3, and here’s everything we know about the upcoming sequel. 20th Century Fox launched the Deadpool franchise in 2016 after taking a chance on a R-rated superhero movie featuring the Merc with a Mouth. After the abominable take on Deadpool featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds spearheaded a proper big-screen version of the Marvel anti-hero. Deadpool was a giant critical and financial success, and left no doubt that a franchise would come.

Fox released Deadpool 2 in theaters two years later, and though it wasn’t as highly praised as the original, the sequel was still wildly successful. Fans were treated to an extended cut of the film and a PG-13 version, with the latter coming in the midst of discussions for Disney to acquire Fox, and the rights to Deadpool with it. The Disney-Fox deal ended many ongoing franchises and sparked plenty of discussions about the future for Deadpool. Plans were already starting to form for Deadpool 3 and an X-Force spinoff, but neither were officially announced.

Deadpool’s future is now becoming more clear with news that Marvel Studios is making Deadpool 3. The movie has officially been announced, with Bob’s Burgers scribes hired to pen the screenplay. However, while Deadpool 3 is now in development, there are some major questions left unanswered, such as when will Deadpool 3 come out, who else will be in it besides Reynolds, and if it will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With all that in mind, here’s everything we know about Deadpool 3.

There is currently no official release date for Deadpool 3, but the film is happening. While there was a lot of speculation regarding what would happen to the film, former Disney CEO BOb Iger confirmed that Marvel Studios  planned to make more Deadpool movies long ago, while Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also shared his interest in keeping the franchise going. More recently, Feige confirmed that, while writers have been hired for the sequel, fans shouldn’t expect the movie to be out in theaters anytime soon. Filming on Deadpool 3 isn’t set to begin until 2022 at the earliest.

Deadpool 3 is happening with almost an entirely new creative team. The first two movies were written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, but they are not returning for Deadpool 3. Instead, Bob’s Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin have been hired to pen the script. Reynolds previously worked on the script for Deadpool 2 and Feige revealed that, though he’s not writing, the actor is overseeing the script by the Molyneux Sisters. Reports indicate that David Leitch will not return to direct Deadpool 3, though, so a new director is expected to take over the franchise now. That said, a director is not officially attached to the film yet.

The cast of Deadpool 3 is not confirmed outside of Ryan Reynolds’ return as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. He will be back to play the Merc with a Mouth for a fourth time on the big screen, if we count X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Deadpool franchise previously introduced several key characters, like Zazie Beetz as Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable. Whether or not either of them will return remains to be seen.

One of the biggest questions surrounding Deadpool 3 is whether or not it will be connected to the MCU. Deadpool 3 will reportedly maintain the franchise’s R-rating, marking the first time Marvel Studios will make a R-rated MCU movie. Thanks to the fourth wall-breaking tendencies of Deadpool, it wouldn’t be difficult to explain the continuity. Luckily, Deadpool 3 has been confirmed as part of the MCU. In an interview with Collider, Feige revealed that the “very different type of character” will officially be joining the MCU proper. This is huge news and, although the film won’t be out for a while, it will be interesting to find out how the Merc with a Mouth fits in with the other MCU characters moving forward. Either way, it’s bound to be a wild ride.

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