The Marvel Cinematic Universe currently has movies publicly scheduled up to 2022. With the Black Widow solo movie leading the charge next May, Spider-man back in the film universe after negotiations between Disney and Sony nearly fell through, and several TV shows like the Loki spin-off set to debut on the Disney+ streaming service, Marvel has plenty coming through the never ending pipeline of superhero content already. But according to actor Ryan Reynolds, the studio is at work on the next Deadpool movie as well.
Reynolds gave the small, but still meaningful update on a recent episode of Live! With Kelly and Ryan, where he confirmed he’d had meetings with the Marvel higher-ups about the next film starring the foul-mouthed, immortal, fourth-wall-breaking hero, which means the studio is probably looking for a way to integrate the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Yeah, we’re working on it right now with the whole team,” he said. “We’re over at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”
The third Deadpool film will be the first to be handled internally at Marvel rather than Fox as part of Disney and Fox’s merger earlier this year. The big $71.3 billion deal brought the film rights to not only Deadpool, but X-Men, and Fantastic Four as well, meaning each of them are now fair game for the MCU. While the X-Men and Fantastic Four will probably have to see complete reboots, Deadpool’s meta humor and Reynolds’ portrayal of the character being so intrinsically tied to him at this point probably means a hypothetical Deadpool 3 will likely make a spectacle of bringing the first two movies’ version of Wade Wilson into the same continuity as all the other movies and characters seen in the connected universe thus far.
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Whatever form Deadpool 3 takes, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing it anytime soon. Generally the MCU fits around three movies into any given year, give or take. The Disney+ shows are filling in a bunch of gaps between movies, to the point where 2020 will only have two theatrical releases with Black Widow and The Eternals set to launch in May and November respectively. 2021 is packed with four total movies, including sequels to Doctor Strange, Spider-man: Far From Home, and Thor: Ragnarok. At this point, the only confirmed movie for 2022 is the Black Panther sequel, so Marvel may choose to slot the next Deadpool somewhere in there. All that being said, the last time Marvel managed to get rights back for one of its characters with Spider-man, it made some shifts in the schedule to work him and a solo movie into the larger plot.