While comic book movies are everywhere, there are certain properties that have managed to find something totally unique, and stand out in the somewhat bloated genre. Chief among them is Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool franchise, which broke new ground with its R-rating, and has quickly become one of the most popular franchises out there. So when should we expect the threequel?
The status of Deadpool 3 and X-Force has been unclear, as the looming merger between Disney and 20th Century Fox puts the future of the greater X-Men franchise in jeopardy. Obviously the House of Mouse will want to keep Wade Wilson on board given his popularity, and now it appears that Ryan Reynolds is actually already developing the threequel.
This news comes to us from Variety, who caught up with Ryan Reynolds as he was doing Deadpool 2 press in China. According that report, Ryan Reynolds and his team are currently hard at work crafting the story of Deadpool 3, and it sounds like the threequel will be something wholly unique to the franchise. Reynolds told the outlet that the next blockbuster will be "looking to go in a completely different direction." This includes the handling of the title character, with the actor/producer lamenting how "often, they reboot or change a character maybe like four movies too late."
This is an especially enticing bit of intel, and shows that Ryan Reynolds plans on continue to innovate and surprise when it comes to Deadpool's characterization onscreen, as well as the franchise itself. While Deadpool and the first sequel weren't completely dissimilar projects, Deadpool 3 sounds like it'll be something totally unique to the previous installments. Regarding what changes are coming, that's a total mystery at this point.
Ryan Reynolds' update on the state of Deadpool 3 may also be a relief for fans of the franchise, who are unsure of what will happen to Deadpool once Disney and Fox's merger becomes official. The plans for the merger are still a mystery to the public, with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld recently claiming that the X-Force movie was dead in the water due to negotiations. But it seems that report might not be true, with Reynolds actively developing the growing franchise, despite the deal with Disney.
As for what Deadpool 3 might include, it seems like just about anything is possible. Ryan Reynolds and his collaborators have shown a ton of bravery and a wholly original vision for the franchise, keeping audiences on their toes through the use of time travel, breaking the fourth wall, and including unexpected X-Men characters. Reynolds' comments make it seem like the change may be Wade Wilson's characterization. We'll just have to wait and see how it all shakes up
It's currently unclear when Deadpool 3 and/or X-Force will arrive in theaters. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.