Good news for Deadpool fans! Also, bad news for parents who like to keep their kids away from superheroes who drop the f-bomb! Regardless of where you fall on the issue, a third Deadpool movie is 100 percent coming and will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to the head honcho at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige.
In a new interview published on Collider, Feige also said that yes, Deadpool 3 “will be rated R.” Ever since the 20th Century Fox merger with Disney, fans of Deadpool have wondered what would become of Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed anti-hero who exists somewhat adjacent to the “old” continuity of X-Men films. In a recent chat with Fatherly, Reynold’s himself reminded children everywhere that there is a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 called Once Upon a Deadpool.
In the new interview, Feige makes it clear that Deadpool will now be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that the character won’t actually change. Feige describes Reynolds as a “force of nature” and that Deadpool is “a very different type of character in the MCU.”
For those who possibly forgot why Deadpool wasn’t in the MCU from the get-go, the answer is fairly simple: For a very long time, not all the Marvel Comics characters were controlled by the same movie studio. In fact, they still aren’t! Although the Fox Marvel characters (Deadpool, the X-Men) are now part of Marvel Studios, Spider-Man is still technically owned by Sony, and is, in essence, “on loan” to Disney/Marvel Studios for as long as those studios can work out a deal. (This is why you read some stuff in 2019 about Tom Holland’s Spidey briefly being kicked out of the MCU.)
But, despite a similar visage, Deadpool and Spidey have really nothing in common, both on the comic book page, or legally. Because of the Fox merger, Deadpool is 100 percent controlled by the same people who do the bulk of the popular Marvel movies. This means it’s entirely possible that you’ll be watching a profanity-laden Deadpool 3 on Disney+ in like 3 years, but wholesome Tom Holland Spider-Man movies may be harder to come by!
For now, there’s no sense of when Deadpool 3 will happen, or if the character of Deadpool will make his MCU debut before having an actual stand-alone Marvel movie. Considering the track record of Marvel Studios, this option seems the most likely. Remember when Spidey dropped in on Captain America: Civil War? Remember when Thor’s hammer was teased in an Iron Man movie? We’re not saying that Deadpool will appear in WandaVision or any of these upcoming MCU shows on Disney+. But then again, it is a shared continuity now so you never know!
Deadpool 3 has no release date, yet.