Deadpool 3 Is Officially Happening at Marvel, According to Ryan Reynolds
The Fox/Disney merger in 2019 got plenty of comic fans excited about seeing some of their favorite characters coming in from the cold and making their debut in the established continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A lot of the hype has surrounded classic teams like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, with fans already speculating which actors would be best to play the new versions of these characters. But there's been very little news about the fate of Deadpool, the fourth-wall-busting mercenary played by Ryan Reynolds.
That is, until now. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa on Christmas Eve, Reynolds confirmed that the "merc with a mouth" will be returning in Deadpool 3 now that Marvel has full rights to the character.
"Yeah, yeah. We are working on it right now with a whole team," he said. "We are over at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It's kind of crazy, so yeah, we're working on it."
Reynolds didn't elaborate as to whether Deadpool will be officially part of the on-going MCU. If he is, that means he will get to interact with other iconic Marvel characters such as Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man (with whom he has teamed up many times in the comics). That could also position Deadpool 3 as a way of introducing some X-Men characters through the back door.
Regardless, it's probably safe to assume that Deadpool's third standalone movie will include at least one knowing joke about having that Disney money now. And with the Deadpool franchise well and truly under the House of Mouse banner, it'll be interesting to see whether Reynolds is able to exert the same amount of creative control over the direction of the movies—something which led to Tim Miller departing after the first movie.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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