Though the commercial and critical success of this year’s Deadpool 2 should be more than enough to convince studios that the Merc with a Mouth is worth keeping around for a while longer, the character’s future still feels pretty mysterious right now, and that goes especially for the currently unconfirmed Deadpool 3.
Actor Ryan Reynolds mentioned back in May that he didn’t see a third installment in Wade Wilson’s solo series ever happening, and if a report from last month is anything to go by, then his opinion hasn’t changed. Nonetheless, according to Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, the topic of a third movie came up once more in a post-screening Q&A hosted by the Academy. The writer recalls how Reynolds mentioned that “there is no shortage of ideas for DP 3,” and scribe Paul Wernick even allegedly pitched Reynolds “a fresh take” in the lobby before the event.
Before we take this as a clear sign that Deadpool 3 is happening after all, it seems possible that Liefeld is simply referring to the planned X-Force movie, which is set to be more of an ensemble work than the Merc’s regular outings, but could well be the closest thing we’ll get to a third Deadpool flick.
Of course, Drew Goddard’s team-up film has been the subject of a fair amount of uncertainty itself, due in large part to the impending Disney/Fox merger. A couple of months ago, the director admitted that he doesn’t really know how this historic development might affect X-Force, explaining that such matters are well above his pay grade.
Since then, the news on Wade’s future beyond 2018 has been in short supply, but regardless of what’s happening with X-Force and Deadpool 3, we’ll be seeing the Merc on our screens again soon enough, with the PG-13-rated Once Upon a Deadpool scheduled to begin its two-week run in cinemas from December 12th.